To help WDMCS students, families, and staff understand what to do if they are exposed to COVID-19 and/or if they test positive, we updated our COVID-19 exposure flowchart for the 2021-22 school year and again for second semester. These guidelines reference current federal, state, and local health agency recommendations. These guidelines must also follow any state laws passed related to COVID-19 and public school districts. We appreciate the partnership of our WDMCS families as we work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.
When you can return to school/work depends on whether or not you are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now use these definitions:
- Fully vaccinated: two weeks or more after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna OR two weeks or more after receiving the single dose of Johnson and Johnson.
- Up-to-date with vaccinations: have received ALL recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster doses when eligible
WDMCS encourages staff and students to obtain all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations when available. We base recommended quarantine dates on whether individuals are UP-TO-DATE or NOT UP-TO-DATE with vaccinations.
Illness at School and When to Keep Your Child At Home
School nurses play a critical role in maintaining the health and safety of schools. West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) collaborates with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Polk County Public Health Department (PCHD), and local health care professionals to provide guidelines that identify when it is safe for children to attend school.