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Shawnee Mission School Nurses | Overland Park Film's HBO Premiere

Students must keep their masks or face shields on as they pass through the lunchroom and kitchen to choose their milk and pick up their sack lunches.
Amy Mayer
Harvest Public Media
School nurses are managing coronavirus symptoms in their buildings this semester. In the Shawnee Mission School District, it's community members who are not complying with best practices that have its nurses worried.

Shawnee Mission School District nurses have been tasked with contact tracing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and a new documentary follows the lives of four Johnson County, Kansas, transgender children and their families.

Segment 1 beginning at 6:33: School nurses are facing new challenges during the pandemic

In the midst of the coronavirus, the Shawnee Mission, Kansas school district has nurses who are working 20-hour days and others assigned to full-time contact tracing. Some parents have proven to be difficult, refusing to release the names of students who had outside contact with their child.

Segment 2 beginning at 25:45: Overland Park filmmaker spent five years with the subjects of her latest work.

"Transhood," follows four transgender children and their families as they adapt to the change. Director Sharon Liese shares her experience in capturing their lives, and the film critics run down new movies available now.

  • Cynthia Haines, film critic
  • Steve Walker, film critic and arts reporter, KCUR

Sharon Liese's film "Transhood" has its HBO premiereat 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020 and will be available on demand beginning Friday, November 13.

Cynthia Haines' picks:
"Bruce Springsteen's Letter To You" on Apple TV+
"Linda and the Mockingbirds" on Amazon Prime Video
"David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet" on Netflix
"Escape from Extinction"
"The Forty-Year-Old Version" on Netflix

Steve Walker's picks:
"Hillbilly Elegy" on Netflix
"I Am Greta" on Hulu
"Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds" on Apple TV+
"City Hall"
"My Octopus Teacher" on Netflix
"City So Real" on Hulu

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.