COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines
In accordance with state and federal guidelines, WDMCS Community Education is implementing the following practices in our programs to protect the health and safety of the students and staff.
Please read these guidelines carefully, and talk to your children about them as they get ready to attend WDMCS Community Education programs. The health and safety of our families and staff relies on open and honest communication and our strict adherence to these new guidelines. If you have any questions about these safety guidelines please contact the the leader of your program.
To access more information about COVID-19 and links to the most updated information on how it is impacting the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) community, visit the WDMCS district COVID-19 updates page:
You must report any positive tests or exposure to COVID-19 directly to the program supervisor.
- For Kids West: Kids West Program Supervisor, Amy Dvorak, at 515-633-5017.
- For classes: Continuing Education Coordinator, Sue Otte, at 515-633-5007.
For the foreseeable future, participants in WDMCS Community Education programs will be required to fill out the Informed Consent Agreement for Participation in Community Education Programs.
- If your student is participating in Kids West, you will receive the form directly from the Kids West program. If you have more than one child, please put all your children on one form.
- If your student is participating in classes, filling out the form will be included as part of the registration process.
The health and safety of our families and staff relies on open and honest communication and our strict adherence to these new guidelines. If you have any questions about these safety guidelines please contact the the leader of your program.
All program staff and participants may be screened daily using the following process:
- Temperatures will be taken upon arrival with a touchless thermometer. If a participant or staff member has a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher for any reason, they cannot be allowed into the program. Participants will not be allowed back into the program until they are fever free for at least 24 hours.
- Staff and participants must answer the following questions daily:
- Do you have a new cough or sore throat that is not due to another health condition?
- Do you have shortness of breath that is not due to another health condition?
- Have you recently lost your sense of taste or smell?
- Do you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19?
You may not be allowed into the program if the answer to any of these questions is “Yes.”
In the event of illness, participants and staff must stay home until:
- You are fever free for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications),
- AND symptoms have improved,
- AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Health & Hygiene Practices
Program staff will practice and teach healthy hygiene practices to reduce the spread of germs, including:
- Handwashing or hand sanitizer between activities, before eating, and after using the bathroom
- Covering coughs and sneezes with elbow
Please reinforce these practices with your children at home.
- Face masks are required for both instructors and participants.
- Children must bring their own face masks. Please ask program staff if you need help getting a face mask.
High-touch surfaces and equipment will be cleaned frequently.
Limit Items from Home
To help decrease the potential of sharing germs via personal items, we ask that students participating in programs limit what they bring from home.