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Board of Education Approves Aug. 27 Start Date

Nov. 5 Update: The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education approved three additional professional dates on Feb. 8, March 11, and April 2 for the 2020-21 school year at its Oct. 26 regular business meeting. Read More: Board of Education Approves Three Second Semester Professional Development Days.

Sept. 28 update: The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education approved two additional professional dates on Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 for the 2020-21 school year at its Sept. 28 regular business meeting. Read More: Board of Education Approves Oct. 30, Nov. 13 Professional Development Days.

From Aug. 12: The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education approved a new Aug. 27 start date for the 2020-21 school year at its Aug. 10 regular business meeting. 

The updated calendar adds three professional learning days for teachers on Aug. 26 (the former start date), Sept. 4, and Sept. 14. This calendar allows teachers to focus on district initiatives during the teacher contract without requiring substitutes. Winter break, spring break, the last day of school, and semester and trimester dates will not change. Here are the highlights, with changes in orange.

  • New Teachers Report: Aug. 13
  • Inservice/Professional Development (PD) Days for All Teachers: Aug. 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26
  • First Student Day (Grades K-12): Thursday, Aug. 27
  • No School for Students (PD Day): Sept. 4
  • First Student Day (Preschool): Tuesday, Sept. 8
  • No School for Students (PD Day): Sept. 14
  • No School for Students (PD): Oct. 12
  • End of First Trimester: Nov. 18
  • No School for Students and Staff (Flex Day): Nov. 25
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 26-27
  • Winter Break: Dec. 23-Jan. 1
  • No School for Students (PD Day): Jan. 4
  • Classes Resume: Jan. 5
  • End of First Semester: Friday, Jan. 15
  • No School for Students (PD/Work Day): Jan. 18
  • No School for Students (PD/Work Day): Feb. 26
  • End of Second Trimester: March 1
  • No School for Students and Staff (Flex Day): March 12
  • Spring Break: March 15-19
  • No School for Students (PD Day): April 23
  • Last Student Day (Preschool): May 25
  • Last Student Day (Grades K-12): Wednesday, June 2

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