West Des Moines Community Schools | March 27, 2020

Special Edition: Coronavirus Updates

Update from Superintendent Remy on Virtual Learning

West Des Moines Community Schools

A Special Message from Superintendent Lisa Remy: Virtual Learning by West Des Moines Community Schools

I’d like to share more information on how WDMCS is supporting your student’s learning over the coming weeks. I certainly understand the importance of keeping all our children in a routine and helping them continue learning while away from our schools.

Our administrative team has been working to create numerous resources that families can use while supporting students at home. We are working to ensure that the resources we suggest provide free learning opportunities, are easy to navigate from a non-educator perspective, are aligned to the Iowa Core Standards, engaging for students, and are free from bias.

Let me share a little more about how the Iowa Department of Education (DE) impacts this topic of online, or virtual, learning.

Online Learning
The DE put together a Continuous Learning Task Force that held its first meeting on Wednesday, March 25. Our understanding is that their priority will be to research what is happening in districts across the state and to provide additional guidance regarding online learning options. Please know that the information I’m sharing today could change at any time based on what occurs at those task force meetings. We will be sure to regularly update our WDMCS families on this topic.

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WDMCS Technology Needs for Online Learning Survey

We understand that access to technology may be a challenge or concern for you or your student. Please complete the following WDMCS Technology Needs for Online Learning Survey to help us better understand your needs.

Please note: only ONE survey needs completed per household (not per student)

WDMCS Facilities Closed

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all WDMCS buildings and facilities are closed to the public. This also includes Tiger Field, Valley Stadium, baseball/softball fields, and tennis courts. WDMCS playgrounds are not disinfected so we discourage families from using them.

The Learning Resource Center administrative offices are also closed to the public starting Monday, March 30. If you have an urgent request, please call the district office at 515-633-5000. This number will not be regularly monitored but you will have options to leave a voicemail with your question.

WDMCS Staff, Students Get Creative With At-Home Workouts During COVID-19 Pandemic

No gym? No problem.

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't prohibiting some West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) students and staff from staying fit in the comfort of their homes. Isaac Ales, physical education teacher and strength and conditioning coach at Valley High School, had the idea to show all of the workouts that can be done without the use of any special equipment. In Ales' case, all that's needed is a little extra floor space...and his young son, Eli.

Take a look:

Watch: Coach Ales' At-Home Workout With Son
WDMCS Meal Sites Update

WDMCS Nutrition Update: Home Delivery, Parent/Guardian Pick-Up, New Hours

Starting Monday, March 30, the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Nutrition Services Department grab-and-go meal program will have new hours, home delivery, and parent/guardian pick-up

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Home Meal Delivery

  • Free meal delivery is available to families who receive free or reduced-price meals through WDMCS and cannot attend the pick-up sites.
  • Sign up online or call the Nutrition Services Department at 515-633-5085.
  • Remember: You can apply for free or reduced meals at any time during the school year. Apply online or call Nutrition Services at 515-633-5085.

Meal Sites
  • The six meal sites will now be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only.
  • Parent/guardians can pick up meals - children do NOT have to be present following new guidance from the USDA and Iowa Department of Education.

Most sites will use the bus lanes for pick up. Please follow the signage at your site.

  • Clive Learning Academy, 1600 73rd St., Windsor Heights, IA 50324
  • Crestview School of Inquiry, 8355 Franklin Ave., Clive, IA 50325
  • Hillside Elementary, 713 Eight St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Indian Hills Junior High, 9401 Indian Hills Drive, Clive, IA 50325
  • Stilwell Junior High, 1601 Vine St., West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266
    Pick up at Valley will be near Tiger Field.
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.