This page is intended to be a source of information about COVID-19 and provide links to the most updated information on how it is impacting our West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) community.
Sept. 16, 2021 | The West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Board of Education approved an updated return-to-learn plan at a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16. WDMCS will require all individuals, including students, staff, and visitors, to wear face masks while indoors on WDMCS property, including buses, starting Monday, Sept. 20.
June 1, 2021 | Fifth grade Westridge students Katherine Stone and Soleil Aldini take a look back at a unique year.
In an overnight press release from Governor Reynolds' office, West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) learned she signed into law that public schools can no longer mandate masks.
Feb. 20, 2021 | A collective sigh of relief and smiling eyes behind face masks. Those were the responses of nearly 250 teachers, support staff, substitutes, and other West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) employees who received their first COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, Feb. 20. The district partnered with MercyOne to host the employee clinic at the Learning Resource Center.
Feb. 3, 2021 | the Polk County Health Department stated that vaccine appointments would open to individuals in phase 1B starting Feb. 1, 2021. You may have even seen media coverage of some school districts rolling out a plan for on-site vaccinations.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus. It is being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How it Spreads
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Symptoms of COVID-19
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
According to the CDC, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is highly contagious, more than twice as contagious as previous variants.
The CDC says vaccines in the U.S. are highly effective — including against the Delta variant — and its research suggests that layered prevention strategies such as wearing face masks can help reduce transmission.