Lawsuit Against School District Dismissed

A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Blue Valley school district by a Johnson County Commissioner who was denied entry into a district meeting because she refused to wear a mask.

A Johnson County District Judge ruled that Commissioner Charlotte O’Hara had no standing to file the lawsuit.

The Kansas City Star reported that O’Hara said she has a medical condition that exempts her from wearing a mask, and she was told unless she could show proof of the exemption she could not attend a hearing on the mask mandate.

The hearing was postponed after another person refused to wear a mask, and it was held virtually the next day.

The district argued O’Hara doesn’t have standing to challenge the law because she is not an employee, student, parent, or guardian of a district student.

District officials announced that they will keep the mask requirement until the end of the school year.