Classroom Snacks

Student health and wellness is a top priority for the West Des Moines Community Schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classroom snacks will not be allowed this year, including homemade and store-bought items and items ordered from WDMCS Nutrition Services.

Snack List FAQs

Can I bring homemade treats from home for a classroom party?
No. WDMCS is currently not allowing classroom snacks as a COVID-19 precaution.

(When snacks are allowed, you may choose snack items from one of the district snack lists for activities during the school day and up to 30 minutes after the last bell.)

What about pre-packed treats from a store?
WDMCS is currently not allowing classroom snacks as a COVID-19 precaution.

(When snacks are allowed, WDMCS will publish snacks lists. if you select from one of the items listed on the store-bought snack list, you can bring a classroom treat that was purchased from a store.)

Can I still pack whatever I want in my student’s sack lunch from home?
Yes. Under the new student wellness policy, packing a healthy school lunch is encouraged, but there are no restrictions as to what you must pack in a student’s lunch brought from home. Classroom snack policies only regulate what can be sold or shared with multiple students during the school day.

Do I have to purchase a snack for my student that is on the approved snack list?
No. Students can bring their own individual snack, and it does not have to be on the list of approved snacks. The approved snack list is for snacks that will be shared with other students, such as classroom parties, birthday treats, or other events. WDMCS is currently not allowing shared classroom snacks as a COVID-19 precaution.