Update to Return-to-Learn Plan

West Des Moines Community Schools | Sept. 16, 2021

Update to Return-to-Learn Plan Approved

To prepare for the 2021-22 school year, West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) reviewed the 2020-21 Return-to-Learn plans as required by the Iowa Department of Education. The Return-to-Learn plan was created and approved by the WDMCS Board of Education on Aug. 12, 2021, with the understanding that the plan could change based on changes made by state or federal authorities.

WDMCS adjusted the 2021-22 Return-to-Learn plan based on a Sept. 13, 2021, federal court ruling. The Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction against the enforcement of Iowa Code section 280.31, which banned Iowa school districts from issuing mask mandates for students, staff, and community members present on school grounds.

Our updated Return-to-Learn plan is effective Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, and will remain in place until the end of the first semester unless brought back to the WDMCS Board of Education with recommended changes. District leadership will present a plan for the second semester to the Board prior to Jan. 14, 2022.

Items in bold indicate changes from the August Return-to-Learn plan.


School/Community Relations

Laine Mendenhall-Buck

Alexandra Wade


Aaron Young