Today, the Jackson County Legislature voted 5-4 to rescind the mask mandate for Jackson County, effective immediately.
In a press release, Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. expressed his disappointment in the vote.
“From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have committed myself to empowering and supporting public health officials and medical experts. This morning, Jackson County’s public health officials, citing CDC guidance, recommended that our universal masking requirements remain in place due to our high level of community transmission. I supported their recommendation because I trust them to keep us safe and I believe science and facts matter,” White said.
“Unfortunately, a majority of the legislature voted to rescind the county’s masking requirement for everyone, including our school children. I would encourage all residents of Jackson County to do everything they can to protect themselves and each other.”
In an email this afternoon, Grain Valley Schools stated they would revert to previously adopted protocols. Essentially, mask use is strongly recommended, yet optional, in schools and facilities. Students will continue to be required to wear a mask when on a school bus.