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Shawnee Mission School Nurses Strained By Coronavirus Workload

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Lee's Summit held summer school in person last month, but Superintendent David Buck has told the school board to prepare for a virtual start to the school year. On Friday, the health department released that recommendation for districts in Eastern Jackson County not already following the Kansas City Health Department's guidance for delaying the first day of school.
Lee's Summit R-7 School District
While students are required to wear masks inside their school buildings, there is still risks of contracting and spreading the virus while out in their communities.

District's medical professionals dealing with monitoring for symptoms and contact tracing on top of regular duties.

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.

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