WDMCS Spring Break Reminder and Travel Guidance
Following a no school day on Friday, March 12, West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) will have spring break March 15-19, 2021. Families may be planning to travel, and WDMCS wanted to share guidance about how travel during COVID-19 may impact students’ ability to attend school in-person and participate in activities.
Due to an “extremely high” level of cases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently recommends delaying travel as the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you do plan to travel, be aware of our expectations for students and staff.
- If traveling within the United States, follow the same expectations WDMCS has shared throughout the school year.
- Check the CDC website for any restrictions going to or coming from your destination.
- If you learn you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your building nurse or leave a message on the COVID-19 response line (515-633-5990). Based on close contact tracing, you may need to quarantine for up to 14 days.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, contact your building nurse or leave a message on the COVID-19 response line (515-633-5990). You will need to follow quarantine guidelines.
- If traveling outside of the United States, be aware of any restrictions within the country(ies) in which you plan to visit.
- The CDC requires everyone flying into the U.S. to have a negative COVID-19 test result/documentation of recovery. Other countries may also require a negative COVID-19 test prior to leaving the country.
- Some countries require a 14-day quarantine upon entering the country.
If the destination where you travel requires a period of quarantine upon arrival or your return home, this could impact students’ ability to attend school on-site and participate in extra- and co-curricular activities.
- For COVID-related absences up to 14 days long, families can work with the school to collect work and assignments just as if they were absent from class for an illness.
- Secondary students may also be able to take part in virtual learning.
- Schools will work with families to support students who are well enough to engage in learning during absences longer than 14 days.
Whether or not you plan to travel, WDMCS wishes you a safe and relaxing spring break!
CDC Resources for Travelers
- The CDC has identified several countries as being a high or very high risk for the spread of COVID-19. CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination >
- The CDC recommends getting tested AND self-quarantining for 7 days after travel. CDC: After You Travel Recommendations >
- Travelers are required to wear face masks on public transportation. CDC: Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation… >