Kids West Handbook and Policies

  • Handbook

    Information about the Kids West program and procedures can be found in our handbook. If you are unable to find the answer to your question within our handbook, please contact the Kids West office.

    2023-24 Kids West Handbook


    Kids West follows West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education policies.

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    Weather Policy

    Kids West uses West Des Moines Community School (WDMCS) buildings and follows the WDMCS weather policy regarding school closings. In the event of severe weather or weather-related emergencies, the following policies are in effect:

    • School Cancellation—If school is canceled for the day, Kids West will be canceled. District school buildings are not available for our use if school is closed.
    • School Late Start—If school starts late, Kids West will also start late. For example, with a two-hour late school start, Kids West will open at 8:30 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. and continue until school begins.
    • School Early Dismissal—If school dismisses early, Kids West begins at time of dismissal. Parents are asked to pick up their children as soon as possible so students, families, and staff may travel home safely. Kids West will announce closure time based on anticipated weather conditions.
    • Full-Day Care Cancellation—If weather is severe, or an emergency arises during full-day care, the decision to cancel Kids West or or Kids West Summer Day Camp will be made at 5:30 a.m. We will credit your account for any session Kids West cancels if you have paid in advance.
  • Contact Us

    Amy Dvorak
    Kids West Program Supervisor

    KJ Yaeger
    Kids West Program Coordinator

    Kris Gardner
    Kids West Program Assistant

    Kids West Office

    Learning Resource Center
    3550 Mills Civic Parkway
    West Des Moines, IA 50265

Last Modified on August 4, 2023