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Get a Jump on the New School Year!

West Des Moines Community Schools families can get a head start on the upcoming school year by paying fees and placing money in student lunch accounts this summer.

By paying this summer, you can:

  • Get through secondary registration quicker!
  • Pick up your child’s bus pass at your elementary school’s welcome back event!

Families may make payments online or at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines.

 

Fees you can pay:

  • Book fees
  • Transportation fees
  • Lunch account balances

 

When you can start:

  • You may pay your elementary student’s and junior high student’s book fees today!
  • You may pay your Valley High School, Valley Southwoods, or Walnut Creek Campus student’s book fees starting July 1.
  • You may pay transportation fees once your request for services is processed.
    • Request bus services today by going online, by downloading and mailing in a completed form, or by calling 515-633-4990 (en espanol at 515-633-4989).
  • You may add money to your child’s lunch account at any time!
    • Families who would like to fill out a free or reduced-priced lunch application and fee waivers should do so before adding money to lunch accounts or paying fees. The application will be available after July 1.

 

See what you owe:

  • To see lunch account balances, please visit Parent Online.
    • To visit Parent Online, please go to wdmcs.org, click on the “Parent” tab, and click on Nutrition’s “Check Account Balance” under the “links for parents” column.
    • Instructions about how to create a Parent Online account are available here: http://bit.ly/WDMCSParentOnline_Instructions
  • To see book or transportation fees, please visit our online payment portal — TouchBase.
    • To visit our online payment portal, go to wdmcs.org, click on the “Parent” tab and click “Make a Payment” in the “Quicklinks for Parents.”
    • When you log into the online payment portal and click on your student’s account, the fee notification will appear in red at the top of the page.
    • For more information, please see our “Making a Transaction” handout available here: Make a Transaction – Instructions
    • To create an online payment account, please see “Create an online payment account” below.

 

How to make a payment:
You may make payments online or at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines.

Our online payment portal allows you to make payments 24/7! It’s like shopping online:  You select items you want to “buy” and then click on the shopping cart to check out and pay.

  • Parents are able to pay all basic student fees and fines, add money to lunch accounts, and pay for bus transportation. For our secondary students, even more options are available, such as purchasing P.E. clothing, yearbooks, supplies, and more. And the best part? You can make payments and purchase items for all your students in one transaction!
  • To visit our online payment portal, go to wdmcs.org, click on the “Parent” tab and click “Make a Payment” in the “Quicklinks for Parents.”
  • For more information, please see our “Making a Transaction” handout available here: Make a Transaction – Instructions
  • As with most online payment systems, you will be charged a convenience fee for online payments. There is a 2 percent convenience fee with a minimum of $1 to a maximum of $5, depending on the types of and the number of transactions you are making.
  • You may make a cash, check, or credit card payment at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines. No convenience fee will be charged on payments made at the Learning Resource Center.

 

Create an online payment account:
If you do not have an online payment account, instructions are available here: Create Your Account – Instructions