Kansas Supreme Court stays Johnson County judge’s ruling in SMSD mask case

The Kansas Supreme Court has stayed a Johnson County judge's ruling that a COVID-19 emergency powers law is unconstitutional. The case originated in two parents' challenge to the Shawnee Mission School District's mask requirements last school year. This new school year, the district has universal mask rules in place once again and says the stay will not impact those requirements. File photo.

CORRECTION: The original story incorrectly  attributed some statements to the Kansas Supreme Court that were, in fact, contained in Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s brief. We regret the error. The high court granted the stay and has not weighed in on the merits of the case at this time. 

The Kansas Supreme Court last week granted a stay in a Johnson County judge’s ruling that a pandemic emergency powers law is unconstitutional.