Return-to-Learn Plan

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

The 2020-21 school year’s instructional format will remain flexible to ensure student and staff safety. WDMCS may adjust processes and learning environments at any given point throughout the school year. Depending on community health conditions, a temporary transition to online learning could take place at a classroom, school, or district level.

UPDATE—July 17, 2020: West Des Moines Community Schools’ Hybrid Option 2 plan, which incorporates online and on-site learning with mitigation strategies in place, is in line with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ latest proclamation as it allows families to choose the best option for their students. Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation also provides flexibility for school districts to increase the substitute pool.

Return-to-Learn Plan for Start of 2020-21 School Year

To prepare for the 2020-21 school year, West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) assembled a leadership team dedicated to creating a 2020-21 school year that is safe and effective for students, families, and staff. The WDMCS Board of Education approved the Hybrid Option 2 return-to-learn plan to start the 2020-21 school year at its July 13, 2020, regular business meeting.

Under this plan, families will CHOOSE between online or on-site learning from Aug. 26-Jan. 15 (first semester.) Families CAN choose to switch to online if they start at on-site. Families CANNOT switch from online to on-site.

What does Hybrid Option 2 entail?

  • Families must choose for their student between on-site or online learning for the first semester.
  • Families will be sent a survey to complete for EACH student. We ask that each family makes a decision by July 31. 
  • Both plans have students attending class Monday through Friday, either on-site or at home. Students will not switch between the two environments throughout the week. They will EITHER go to school each day OR learn online.
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Students will go to school each day, following specific health and safety guidelines. 

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Students will learn online each day. They will participate in virtual classroom learning and independent work. 

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