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KCMS Urges Schools to Adopt Masking Requirement for 2021-22 School Year

The Kansas City Medical Society has sent the following letter to 17 area school districts along with local public health departments, urging schools to adopt a masking requirement for the 2021-22 school year.

Districts receiving the letter:

  • Missouri – Belton, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City MO, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, Raymore-Peculiar, Raytown
  • Kansas – Blue Valley, DeSoto, Kansas City KS, Olathe, Shawnee Mission

Download PDF of letter

Media coverage:

Physicians Create Mask-Wearing Video

Thanks to these KCMS physicians for contributing their endorsements to this short video urging everyone to wear a mask. The video is circulating widely on social media.

What Masks Are Best? How to Wear a Mask?

Guidance from the CDC

Kansas City Medicine article by Keith Jantz, MD, fourth quarter 2020

Statement on Public Policies Requiring Face Masks

The Kansas City Medical Society has adopted the following statement emphasizing the critical importance of individuals wearing face masks in public at all times to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

The Kansas City Medical Society strongly supports governments, businesses and community organizations to create policies to require the wearing of face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when social distancing cannot be achieved. Experts believe that face masks are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19 by containing the saliva of individuals who carry the virus. The carrier may or may not show COVID-19 symptoms; this is why it is important to wear a mask whether one has symptoms or not.

The Medical Society strongly encourages individuals to wear face masks in public, as well as practice social distancing, maintain frequent hand washing and take other recommended protective steps. The more everyone joins in reducing the spread of COVID-19, the sooner our society can overcome the COVID threat and return to normal.

July 2020

Download the statement in PDF

More on Mask Wearing

Open Letter to Kansas City’s Business Owners and Leaders on Mask Wearing Policies – from Comeback KC, signed by nearly 200 business and organizations including KCMS

Article by CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, and two colleagues from the July 14 JAMA: “Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission—The Time Is Now”

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