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West Des Moines Community Schools | Aug. 27, 2021
WDMCS COVID-19 Safety Plans
COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines
To help WDMCS students, families, and staff understand what to do if they are exposed to COVID-19 and/or if they test positive, we updated our COVID-19 exposure flowchart for the 2021-22 school year.
This information applies to STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES. It shares guidance based on if an individual is vaccinated or unvaccinated. The guidelines cover what to do if a student or employee faces any of the following situations.
- Confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis
- Exposed to COVID-19
- Tested negative for COVID-19
- Have COVID-19 symptoms
- Have a different illness diagnosed
IMPORTANT: WDMCS can no longer contact trace outside of an immediate household. Students or staff are not required to quarantine if they learn they may have been exposed. This is a family decision.
WHEN WE UPDATE
This online dashboard shows data starting on the first day of school: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.
The dashboard is updated by noon each Friday with the PREVIOUS week’s data. (The data will show the previous Friday through Thursday's positive case data.)
WHAT WE SHARE
Data is listed by week unless otherwise indicated. Student and staff data is listed as a combined count by school/building.
- Graph with confirmed NEW positive COVID-19 student and staff cases, listed by school/building.
- Graph with total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 students and staff, listed by school/building.
WHAT WE DO NOT SHARE
WDMCS is not allowed to collect close contact information and will not share any close contact data on our dashboard.
Our COVID-19 community resources section of our website includes information we believe can help families and staff. They include links to:
- Testing locations
- Vaccination sites
- Food/nutrition resources
- Wellness resources
- Technology resources
- Financial/general support resources
First Day of 2021-22 School Year at WDMCS!
Cheer on Valley at First Home Football Game
Come to Valley Stadium to cheer on your Valley High School varsity football team on Friday, Aug. 27, when your Tigers open the 2021 season against Waukee Northwest! Friday's game is also WDMCS Employee Appreciation Night, where all employees are admitted free of charge by showing their badge.
Ticket prices for football games:
- Adults: $6
- Elementary-age children (K-6): $6
- Children PK and under: Free
Families can purchase a Student Activity Ticket (SAT) for their student(s) online at WDMCS Online Payments. These passes can be used for admission at all CIML athletic events on the conference schedule, both home and away, except tournaments.
- Valley and Valley Southwoods Students: $60
- Indian Hills and Stilwell Students: $40
The Valley Tiger Booster Club also offers individual and family passes based on membership level.
View more details about Friday's game >
Pledge of Allegiance
Earlier this year, Governor Reynolds signed into law House File 847. This law includes language that states all Iowa schools must share the Pledge of Allegiance once a day.
An audio recording of the Pledge of Allegiance will be aired over each school's PA system at the start of each day. Prior to the reciting of the pledge, the recording includes this wording: “Hello. We will now share the Pledge of Allegiance. If you would like to stand, please do so at this time.”
Free Home Internet Access
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR FREE MEDIACOM INTERNET IN MY HOME?
1. Your family MUST qualify for free/reduced lunch program.
2. Your family MUST file a fee waiver form at https://discover.wdmcs.org/school-fee-waiver-application
3. You CANNOT be a current Mediacom subscriber.
4. You CANNOT have an overdue bill with Mediacom.
Golden Apple Nominations
Please consider nominating that special educator whose efforts made a difference in the lives of your students.
Nominations are accepted in a variety of ways. Visit WHO TV 13's website to learn more.
WDMCS Student Launches Sexual Assault Comfort Care Drive for Adults, Children
Hunter Essmann is a Valley High School senior. He’s a member of the Tigers’ varsity football and baseball teams, and participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL), and Silver Cord.
Essmann is also part of Boy Scout Troop 242, and starting Wednesday, Sept. 1, he’s asking for your assistance.
To showcase the development of leadership skills and impact the community through his Eagle Scout Service Project, Essmann has teamed up with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines to provide comfort care kits for sexual assault victims. These kits, created for both adults and children when they arrive to emergency departments at local hospitals, include personal care products like shampoos and soaps, toothbrushes and toothpastes, and deodorants and lotions, among other essentials.
Location: 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA, USA