West Des Moines Community Schools

Friday, March 4, 2022

Board Approves Updated Return-to-Learn Plan

The Board of Education approved recommended updates to the district's Return-to-Learn plan at its Feb. 28, 2022, regular meeting. The following information provides an overview of the changes.

Superintendent Search Update

At a Feb. 21, 2022, special Board of Education meeting, representatives from executive search firm Hazard Young Attea Associates (HYA) shared the results from the focus group conversations and leadership profile survey that took place in February as part of the superintendent search process.

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HYA will use this information to bring a selection of candidates to the Board for first-round interviews in April.


March 24: Board of Education workshop meeting to finalize interview procedures

  • Select interview questions
  • Decide on a compensation package

April 1-2: First round interviews
April 4: Review candidates and select finalists
April 6-8: Conduct interview and tours of district with final candidates
Week of April 11: Choose a preferred candidate

Join Us for Mental Health Matters on March 29!

Mental health matters for people of all ages, and it is a growing concern for our youth. Join us to learn more and get connected to school and community resources!

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Presented in partnership by Heartland Area Education Agency and West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Community Education with breakout sessions and additional resources provided by WDMCS, Employee and Family Resources, House of Mercy, Integrative Counseling Solutions, Iowa Safe Schools, Please Pass the Love, Polk County Health Services, and Stepping Stone Family Services.

WDMCS Staff Profile Video: Ann Miles, Valley Southwoods Special Education Teacher

School Nurses Reminder: Immunization Requirements for Grades 7 and 12

Our school nurses would like to remind WDMCS families about immunization requirements for the 2022-23 school year. By Iowa Law:

  • All students entering seventh grade in 2022-23 and born after Sept. 15, 2004, are required to show vaccine documentation of having received the meningococcal vaccine on or after 10 years of age and a one-time dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine after age 7.
  • All students entering or transferring into 12th grade and born after Sept. 15, 1999, will need to show vaccine documentation at least one dose of meningococcal vaccine after the age of 16.

If your seventh grader is not fully immunized for meningitis, they will not be allowed to attend school, sports and school-related activities starting day 1 of the 2022-23 school year.

  • If they have not had the required vaccines, please set up an appointment with their doctor to get their vaccines up-to-date as soon as possible before the 2022-23 school year.
  • If your child has already received these immunizations, please provide an up-to-date immunization record to your school nurse.

Thank you,

WDMCS School Nurses

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School/Community Relations

Laine Mendenhall-Buck


Alexandra Wade



Nicole Wiegand