COVID-19 Dashboard

To help our families make informed decisions, West Des Moines Community Schools created an online dashboard to share the most up-to-date information on positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts within WDMCS. Based on new guidance as of Sept. 29, 2020, from Iowa health agencies, a close contact no longer needs to quarantine for 14 days IF the close contact AND the person who tested positive for COVID-19 were properly wearing face masks during the time of exposure. The close contact must also monitor for symptoms and not return if symptoms start. Close contact is defined by the CDC as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more.

This online dashboard was last updated Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, 10:07 a.m.
The WDMCS online COVID-19 dashboard is updated by noon each weekday with the PREVIOUS day’s data. (Tuesday updates will include Saturday, Sunday, and Monday data.)

Disclaimer: All COVID-19 data WDMCS shares is for informational purposes only. This information is based on reports to the district from other sources which have not been independently verified. WDMCS confers with Polk County Health Department to track COVID-19 cases and trace close contacts. 

WHAT WE SHARE

Data is listed by date unless otherwise indicated. The dates are based on when WDMCS Human Resources is notified and receives confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case and/or close contact. Learn more about our communication process.

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Student Data

Student data is listed by school.

  • graph with confirmed NEW positive COVID-19 student cases, listed by school.
  • graph with confirmed NEW “close contacts*” of students, listed by school.
  • graph with total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 students, listed by school.

Staff Data

Staff data is grouped by “elementary,” “secondary,” and “other district employees.”

  • graph with confirmed NEW positive COVID-19 staff cases.
  • graph with confirmed NEW staff “close contacts*.”
  • graph with total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 staff.

*Close contact is defined by the CDC as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more. Based on new guidance as of Sept. 29, 2020, from Iowa health agencies, a close contact no longer needs to quarantine for 14 days IF the close contact AND the person who tested positive for COVID-19 were properly wearing face masks during the time of exposure. The close contact must also monitor for symptoms and not return if symptoms start. Close contacts who do not meet the new guidance will self quarantine for 14 days, based on guidance from the Polk County Health Department. Students will transition to the online learning environment during this time. Staff may transition online based on their role and ability to continue their job responsibilities while quarantined.

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STUDENT DATA

Updated Oct. 15, 2020: Earlier versions of the student graphs showed no student positive cases or close contacts at Valley High School on Oct. 1. Based on new information, the graphs were updated on Oct. 15 to reflect 1 student positive case and 2 student close contacts at Valley High School on Oct. 1. 

CONFIRMED NEW POSITIVE CASES BY DATE

This graph shows the number of NEW cases confirmed each day (reference dates on graph). Previous dates not listed on graph can be found by clicking on the month-specific dates below.

View Aug.-Sept. Student Positive Case Data

 

CONFIRMED NEW “CLOSE CONTACTS” BY DATE

This graph shows the number of NEW “close contacts” confirmed each day (reference dates on graph). Previous dates not listed on graph can be found by clicking on the month-specific dates below.

Update effective Oct. 1, 2020: Close contacts included in the dashboard are close contacts who need to self-quarantine based on the new guidance. Students who do not have to self-quarantine because proper face masks were worn by the individual who tested positive and the close contact WILL NOT be included in the dashboard data.

View Aug.-Sept. Student Close Contact Data

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 STUDENTS (CUMULATIVE TOTAL)

Updated Oct. 16, 2020: Earlier versions of this graph showed 6 total student cases at Crossroads Park Elementary. The graph was updated on Oct. 16 to reflect 5 total student cases at Crossroads. 


STAFF DATA

CONFIRMED NEW POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES BY DATE

This graph shows the number of NEW cases confirmed each day (reference dates on graph). Previous dates not listed on graph can be found by clicking on the month-specific dates below.

View Aug.-Sept. Staff Positive Case Data

 

CONFIRMED NEW “CLOSE CONTACTS” BY DATE

Update effective Oct. 1, 2020: Close contacts included in the dashboard are close contacts who need to self-quarantine based on the new guidance. Staff who do not have to self-quarantine because proper face masks were worn by the individual who tested positive and the close contact WILL NOT be included in the dashboard data.

View Aug.-Sept. Staff Close Contact Data

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 STAFF (CUMULATIVE TOTAL)