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Safety of Valley High School Students and Staff

UPDATE

As reported earlier, Valley High School received a phoned-in bomb threat early this afternoon. We immediately contacted the West Des Moines Emergency Services and evacuated students. Those who had their own transportation were allowed to leave school and were advised to go home. Students who ride the bus or did not have transportation were relocated to the West Towers. Buses picked up students or transportation arrangements were made. Staff remained with students at the West Towers throughout this time.

Emergency services searched the building, found nothing suspicious, and determined our building is safe for occupancy. The Valley High School administration and West Des Moines Police Department (WDMPD) are working cooperatively to identify the source of the phone call. We are aware that multiple schools throughout the country received bomb threats today, and the WDMPD has informed us that the FBI is aware and is assisting in the investigation of our incident. Anyone with information about the threat is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400 or visit polkcountycrimestoppers.org

A special thank you to the West Des Moines Emergency Services for their quick action in ensuring the safety of our students. We would also like to thank the West Towers for their hospitality. Our Valley High School students and our staff also deserve special recognition for their swift action and cooperation in following our safety plans.

We look forward to school resuming tomorrow as usual

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This afternoon, May 23, Valley High School received a phoned-in bomb threat to the school. The West Des Moines Police Department is on site investigating the situation. To ensure the safety of our students, we are implementing the following plan:

  • Students who have their own transportation will be allowed to leave school and are advised to go home.
  • Students who ride the bus are being relocated to the West Towers, 1200 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines. Buses will transport bus riders according to the normal bus route schedule.
  • Students who do not have a way home at this time are also being relocated to the West Towers, 1200 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines. Student needing a ride home can be picked up by their families in the West Tower’s parking lot.

More updates on the situation will be provided shortly.

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