The WDMCS Transportation Department strives to serve the needs of our students and to provide safe, efficient transportation to school and school-related activities.
2020-2021 Transportation Mitigation Strategies
To protect the health and safety of passengers when riding on a WDMCS school bus during the outbreak of COVID-19 the following strategies will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year:
Passenger Health and Safety
- All passengers are required to wear a facial covering while getting on the bus, riding, and exiting the bus.
- Students not wearing face coverings will be handled in accordance with our transportation discipline policy which could result in suspension of riding privileges.
- Transportation Services is adjusting seating procedures to make contact tracing as efficient and accurate as possible. Bus riders will now be assigned a seat on their bus that will be used during both the morning and afternoon bus rides.
- Siblings or those living in the same home will be assigned to sit together.
- When possible, students will enter the bus and begin seating near the back of the bus, filling the seats toward the front.
- When possible, students will exit the bus beginning with those seated closest to the front.
- Students will avoid congregating in the bus aisle.
- Drivers will sanitize “high-touch” surfaces between each run throughout the school day.
- All surfaces will be sanitized at least once per day.
- All buses will be deeply sanitized monthly using an antimicrobial surface protectant that protects for a month empowering the surface to continually keep germs from being passed from one person to another.
- No food or drink will be consumed while on the bus.
Driver Health and Safety
- Consistent with Iowa Department of Public Health guidance, drivers who have COVID-19 symptoms should not report to work to drive a school bus.
- Face shields will be provided to drivers. Face coverings will be required to use when loading and unloading students. Their use will be optional for drivers while the bus is in motion.
- Drivers will be provided gloves and hand sanitizer for their personal use.
- Special needs bus assistants will be provided facial coverings and gloves. Assistants will be required to use facial covering when students are present.
Free transportation is provided to the following groups meeting the listed criteria (Iowa Code Section 285.1):
- Grades K-8 students living more than two miles from their assigned schools as determined by their primary residence.
- Grades 9-12 students living more than three miles away from their assigned schools as determined by their primary residence.
- Involuntary Transfers, who are students transferred by the district to a school other than their designated attendance center.
Students who do not qualify for free transportation and live outside the walk zone for their assigned school are eligible for paid transportation. Transportation is not available for families who live inside the walk zone.
Free or Reduced Bus Pass
Any student who lives in the paid transportation area and qualifies for the free and reduced-priced meal program may also apply for free and reduced-priced bus pass fees. Please contact your school’s secretary to apply.
A voluntary transfer is a student who attends a school other than the assigned school within the district due to a family request granted by the district. Voluntary transfer students may ride a district school bus if they meet the established criteria:
- They must meet at an existing bus stop within the attending school’s boundaries.
- The bus must have space available for the student requesting the transportation. Students living inside the school boundary will have preference.
- Regular bus pass fees must be paid.
The West Des Moines Community Schools covers 36.6 square miles. District boundaries are irregular but generally lie north of Warren and Madison county lines, south of Urbandale Avenue, east of the Dallas County line, and west of 63rd Street.
Color-Coded Boundary Maps
District boundary maps are available at the links below and are color-coded to reflect the eight elementary school attendance areas and the two junior high school attendance areas.
Elementary map (elementary school attendance areas)
Junior High map (junior high school attendance areas)
All students living within the West Des Moines Community Schools attend Valley Southwoods Freshman High School for ninth grade and Valley High School for grades 10-12.