West Des Moines Community Schools | May 29, 2020

We Need YOUR Input: Planning for 2020-21

This spring was unexpected, unfair, and most likely difficult for you. Although we couldn’t have predicted or prevented the impact of COVID-19 on our school year, we DO want to plan ahead so next year is a better experience for your family.

Your voice is critical in helping us understand how to best serve you and your students. Please take just a few minutes to share your opinions with us.

Each survey will get your input on how technology worked for you, the most successful ways you feel teachers connected with students, and areas of needed support to remove barriers you faced this spring. Please click the "parent" or "student" survey link below to provide your input by Monday, June 8.

Take Parent Survey

Please complete by Monday, June 8.

Take Grades 7-12 Student Survey

Please complete by Monday, June 8.

A Message From Dr. Lisa Remy: Farewell 2019-20 School Year at WDMCS

July and August Activities

Based on guidance from Gov. Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education, we can now provide more information on WDMCS summer activities. WDMCS will continue to follow the guidance of the state and national health agencies, along with direction from Gov. Reynolds, to help protect our staff and students.


Some WDMCS athletic camps may be offered starting in July. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Although Community Education programs were canceled through June 30, we continue to evaluate the remaining summer programs that were originally scheduled for July and those that could be postponed until July. We will keep you informed as we receive further guidance from state authorities and make decisions about these opportunities.


Beginning July 6, Kids West will offer child care. Families who had registered for summer were contacted to determine if they were still interested in having their children attend.


WDMCS facility rentals will be available starting July 1. Valley Stadium will be available for rental in June.

Valley High School's commencement is currently scheduled to be held at Valley Stadium the weekend of June 27-28. More details about this exciting celebration will be shared soon.

Other outdoor facilities, including Tiger Field and tennis courts, will be unlocked June 1, 2020. WDMCS green spaces will also be open with specific guidelines. Please follow appropriate social distance and other safety precautions as outlined on signage that will be posted in these areas.


WDMCS Tiger Cubs PK Graduation!

2020 WDMCS Preschool Graduation

Update for WDMCS Staff Regarding Travel

According to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we will not ask staff to self-isolate for 14 days after returning home when traveling within the United States. International travel will require a 14-day self-quarantine.

Read CDC Recommendations for Travel in the U.S. >

Read CDC Recommendations for International Travel >

Viterbo University Information Sessions

WDMCS teachers can learn more about the following three educational opportunities offered through Viterbo University by participating in virtual information sessions.

  • Iowa PK-12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education - License #189
    Blended Format: On-site classes at West Des Moines Center
    Start term: Fall 2020

  • Master of Arts in Education
    80% online: On-site classes at West Des Moines Center
    Start term: Fall 2020

  • Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching
    Certificate only; 100% online

June Virtual Information Sessions

Each session is open from 2-4 p.m. A three-minute PowerPoint plays on a loop. Stay and “chat” as long as needed. Please click on a date below to register.

Questions? Email Kathy or Michael at Viterbo University.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Information

This page is intended to be a source of information about COVID-19 and provide links to the most updated information on how it is impacting our WDMCS community.

West Des Moines Community Schools

We understand a students’ education is an important part of their life journey, and we are committed to their success. At WDMCS, students will gain knowledge and develop skills to prepare them for life. The excellent opportunities we offer enable students to explore their interests and achieve their potential because we believe every student can find their place in the WDMCS.