Check Out New WDMCS Return-to-Learn Transition Matrix
Updated Sept. 24, 2020: Due to confusion regarding when parents can choose to transition their student online if the percentage is above 5%, we created an update matrix.
The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education approved a new return-to-learn transition matrix for the 2020-21 school year at its Aug. 10 regular business meeting.
The matrix determines when to use each of the Return-to-Learn models during the 2020-21 school year. The matrix states that if there are five consecutive days of a positivity rate at or above 10% in Polk County, based on a 14-day rolling average, the Board may convene a special meeting to consider moving to Required Continuous Learning (fully online environment) as a district.
It also shares new criteria for families to move students from on-site to online learning. If there is a change from 0-5% to 6-9% positivity in Polk County, based on a 14-day rolling average, families can choose if they wish students to REMAIN AT SCHOOL or move ONLINE for the rest of the semester. Families CANNOT switch from online to on-site.