Hybrid Option 2: On-Site

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.


Hybrid Option 2: On-Site Overview PDF

What will learning look like in Hybrid Option 2 On-Site?

Please Note: Families can choose to switch to online if they start at on-site and change their minds, but they can’t switch from online to on-site.

On-Site Learning Environment

This plan is similar to previous school years but includes additional health and safety measures.

  • Elementary:
    • Students will participate in recess when weather allows.
      • Playgrounds and outdoor spaces will be “zoned” so classroom cohorts can be appropriately spaced. Students will wear masks during recess and wash hands before and after.
    • Students will have the opportunity to participate in specials.
      • This includes art, music, PE, and media center time on-site.
        • On-site music, band, and orchestra will adhere to current guidance provided by the Iowa High School Music Association to create the safest environment in order to address standards.
      • Students will wash hands before and after art classes and wear masks during art classes.
      • All supplies, desks or tables, and chairs will be cleaned between classes.
    • No assemblies, field trips scheduled for fall.
  • Junior High: Students will attend seven classes each day (similar to previous years).
    • Students will start the day with first period, not Tiger Time.
    • Tiger Time will be held during lunch and students will eat in small groups.
    • Sample Junior High Schedule PDF
    • Students may participate in extracurricular activities following the guidance of state organizations that oversee the activity or sport.
    • Junior high schools are not using lockers or having students change for P.E., but lockers will be used for athletics.
  • High School:
    • Students will go to four classes on even days and four classes on odd days as part of a block schedule.
    • Sample Valley & Southwoods Schedule PDF
    • Walnut Creek students will attend several blocks each day (similar to previous years).
    • Sample Walnut Creek Schedule PDF
    • Classes such as choir and band may be impacted. We are still receiving guidance on how to safely offer some courses.
    • Students may participate in extracurricular activities following the guidance of state organizations that oversee the activity or sport.
    • Valley High School will assign P.E. lockers, keeping enough space between each locker to maintain social distance. They also have planned several P.E. activities for the fall that do not require students to wear P.E. clothes.
Social distance square icon SOCIAL DISTANCING

Because students and staff are required to wear face masks, 6-feet distancing may not occur in some environments.

  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed when possible. Floor decals and signage will show social distancing guidelines.
  • Students will be spaced as far apart as possible in each room.
  • Schools may have some one-way hallways.
  • Dismissal times between classes may be staggered.
  • Elementary schools will have staggered recess times.
  • Lockers will not be used at the secondary level and will have limited use at the elementary level.
  • No assemblies, classroom parties, performances, or other all-school gatherings.
  • Limited field trips and the secondary level; no field trips this fall at the elementary level.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed for public-facing employees.
lunch square icon BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Meal Pick-Up During the Nov. 16-Dec. 2 Transition to Online Learning


  • Teachers will collect orders from students in the morning on a paper roster.
  • Students will be able to choose between a hot lunch option (changes daily), a turkey sub sandwich, and yogurt with granola and string cheese.
  • Students can also choose a type of milk.
  • The paper roster will be returned to Nutrition Services in the morning.
  • Nutrition Services will deliver meals to classrooms before their lunch times.
  • All ordered meals will include a fruit, vegetable, and choice of milk. Additional cold veggies will be delivered separately to classrooms for students to choose from.
  • Nutrition Services will also use the paper rosters to assess meals fees. Any changes to orders will be communicated by teachers to Nutrition Services so families are not charged for a meal their student did not eat.


  • Students will NOT preorder lunch using a Google form.
  • Instead, students will choose lunch items as they go through the serving lines.
  • Students will indicate which items they would like to a Nutrition Services worker who will collect the items in a bag or box for that student.
  • Students will check out by showing or telling a Nutrition Services worker at the cash register their student ID number.
  • Where students are served will vary by school:
  • Indian Hills students will be served in the cafeteria with staggered times to keep lines limited.
  • Stilwell will serve students at the same lunch stations as today, but all options will be available at all stations. Lunch times and stations will be based on Tiger Time.
  • Southwoods students will enter the cafeteria and sit socially distanced. Then, Southwoods staff will dismiss them a row at a time to be served at stations.
  • Valley students will enter the cafeteria and sit socially distanced. Then, Valley staff will dismiss them in small groups to be served in the cafeteria serving area. Valley will NOT use the lunch stations used today.
  • Walnut Creek Campus students will enter the cafeteria, be served in line, and sit socially distanced.
Face covering square icon FACE MASKS

Face masks are required.  This no longer includes face shields and neck gaiters. If students can be socially distanced during active time outdoors, it could be a good time to take a break from face masks safely. If WDMCS can’t ensure social distancing during active time, face masks are still required. This could apply to situations like elementary recess when classes are separated.

  • Elementary Students: Face masks are required and must also be worn at P.E., recess, and other active times. We recommend families send a cloth face masks to school for those occasions, as well as for entering and exiting the building.
  • Secondary Students: Face masks are required.
  • Teachers and Staff: Face masks are required. Employees were provided with a plastic face shield to be used, if desired, as an extra form of protection.
  • On Buses: All students are required to wear face masks while on the bus. Bus drivers must wear a face maskswhen loading and unloading students. Their use will be optional for drivers while the bus is in motion. 

WDMCS will provide face masks to students or staff who need them.

Wellness check square icon DAILY SYMPTOM CHECKS

  • Please take your child’s temperature each day before school.
    • Students are asked to stay home if they feel ill and/or have a temperature of 100.4 or higher.
    • Students will be asked each day if they’ve had their temperature taken. Students may have their temperature checked if needed.
  • Staff will complete a daily wellness check-in prior to entering the building and complete a daily online assessment.
    • Staff who begin to feel ill during the day will immediately contact their building administrator/direct supervisor and will go home.
Washing hands square icon HAND-WASHING AND SANITIZING

  • Students will be reminded consistently about the importance of hand-washing to prevent the spread of viruses.
  • Students will have dedicated time to wash their hands before eating and after recess.
  • Bathroom soap dispensers and hand sanitizer stations throughout schools will be checked frequently and refilled as needed.
  • Posters will be displayed in and near bathrooms and wash areas reminding students of the best technique for thorough hand-washing.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged and reminded to wash hands regularly; use hand sanitizer; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; and properly cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Water fountains will be disconnected. Bottle fillers and sanitizing stations are provided in each building.
Disinfecting square icon CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

  • WDMCS will increase circulation of outdoor air via mechanical systems.
  • WDMCS will disinfect touch points daily throughout all buildings.
  • Bus drivers will sanitize “high-touch” surfaces between trips. All surfaces will be sanitized at least once per day. 
  • Disinfectant supplies will be available in each room for staff to use.
  • Sharing of all supplies, utensils, devices, toys, learning aids, etc. will be limited.
  • Teachers will be provided sanitizing spray to clean high-touch areas.
Childcare square icon KIDS WEST CHILD CARE

  • Before- and after-school care will be available for families who registered and choose the face-to-face model. New families would be added as space allows.
  • Face masks will be required for staff AND students.
  • Frequent hand-washing will occur.
  • Social distancing will be followed as much as possible.


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