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, Jan. 20, 2020, 10:59 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.

*WDMCS sometimes receives reports of past positive cases and close contacts from the Polk County Health Department. Positive cases and close contacts reported to WDMCS by Polk County Health Department after the fact will be placed on the date of the positive test result, effective Dec. 17. Any cases that were recorded before Dec. 17 and placed on the initial date of information were moved to the date of the positive test result with a note added above the relevant graph.

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STUDENT DATA

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.

Updated Dec. 17, 2020: Seven positive student cases from November were reported to WDMCS in December by the Polk County Health Department. Originally placed on the date of initial information, these cases were moved to their November dates in the dashboard on Dec. 17.

Updated Dec. 22, 2020: Two positive student cases from November were reported to WDMCS in December by the Polk County Health Department. Originally placed on the date of initial information, these cases were moved to their November dates in the dashboard on Dec. 22.

Past Student Positive Case Data: August-September | October | November | December

 

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.

Updated Dec. 17, 2020: One student close contact from November was reported to WDMCS in December by the Polk County Health Department. Originally placed on the date of initial information, this close contact was moved to its November date in the dashboard on Dec. 17.

Updated Dec. 22, 2020: One student close contact from November was reported to WDMCS in December by the Polk County Health Department. Originally placed on the date of initial information, this close contact was moved to it November date in the dashboard on Dec. 22.

Updated Jan. 20, 2021: Earlier versions of this graph showed 3 student close contacts at Fairmeadows Elementary on Jan. 16-18. Based on new information, the graph was updated on Jan. 20 to reflect 4 student close contacts at Fairmeadows Elementary Elementary on Jan. 16-18.

Past Student Close Contact Data: August-September | October | November | December

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 STUDENTS (CUMULATIVE TOTAL)

Updated Dec. 11, 2020: After a review of 2020-21 data so far, this graph was updated on Dec. 11 to reflect 11 positive student cases at Crossroads Park Elementary (previously listed as 12), 16 cases at Jordan Creek Elementary (previously 15), 12 cases at Western Hills Elementary (previously 11), 13 cases at Westridge Elementary (previously 14), 23 cases at Indian Hills Junior High (previously 22), 17 cases at Stilwell Junior High School (previously 16), 26 cases at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School (previously 25), and 148 cases at Valley High School (previously 144).


STAFF DATA

Updated Nov. 19, 2020: Earlier versions of the staff graphs showed 1 positive elementary staff case and 1 positive secondary staff case from Nov. 14-16 that should have been reported as close contacts. The graphs were updated on Nov. 18 to reflect 7 positive elementary staff cases, 2 positive secondary staff cases, 3 elementary staff close contacts, and 1 secondary staff close contact from Nov. 14-16, as well as accurate cumulative staff totals.

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.

Updated Dec. 25, 2020: Earlier versions of this graph showed 1 secondary staff positive case on Dec. 8 and 1 secondary staff positive case on Dec. 22. Based on new information, the graph was updated on Dec. 25 to reflect 0 secondary staff positive cases on Dec. 8 and 2 secondary staff positive cases on Dec. 22.

Past Staff Positive Case Data: August-September | October | November | December

 

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.

Updated Dec. 14, 2020: Earlier versions of this graph showed 1 elementary staff close contact and 0 secondary staff close contacts on Dec. 9. The graph was updated on Dec. 14 to reflect 0 elementary staff close contacts and 1 secondary staff close contact.

Past Staff Close Contact Data: August-September | October | November | December

 

POSITIVE COVID-19 STAFF (CUMULATIVE TOTAL)

Updated Dec. 28, 2020: Earlier versions of this graph showed 59 total elementary staff cases and 24 total district staff cases. After a review of 2020-21 data so far, this graph was updated on Dec. 28 to reflect 58 positive elementary staff cases and 22 positive district staff cases.