Health and Safety FAQs

Health and Safety FAQs

Q. What is the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about schools reopening?

Q: What will health self-assessments look like for students?
A: For students, we will ask families to take temperatures of students before leaving the house for school in the morning. WDMCS will assess students for symptoms of COVID-19 and share that information with families. WDMCS will continue to encourage families to keep their students home when they are not feeling well. This will help us all ensure that we continue working together to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Q: How will you track COVID-19 exposure during the 2020-21 school year?
A: We are able to track as much as we know through a student’s schedule. Students will follow their schedule as normal. While we will use mitigation strategies like face coverings, hand-washing, and social distancing, classes are not with the same set of students all day; they are mixed by team at times and other times mixed by grade or school. In the event of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, we will be able to know who may have been exposed through these schedules. 

Q: If there is a COVID-19 diagnosis in a school building, what will happen?
If a WDMCS student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, the district will work with local health officials to determine the appropriate next steps. This may require a building to temporarily shift to an online learning environment. Because each case is unique, we will communicate through our Blackboard phone, email, text, and app alerts any time-sensitive announcements regarding any needed changes for a school day.

WDMCS will also reach out to the employee/supervisor or family about possible exposure. We will work alongside the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department to communicate with those individuals impacted to determine their needs and provide support.

We will deep-clean any district buildings impacted. We must maintain privacy of individuals but will share extensive communication regarding exposure or potential exposure to allow families and staff to make informed decisions.

Q: How is WDMCS keeping buildings clean?
A: WDMCS is currently using a daily disinfectant with electrostatic sprayers. We are also looking at products that provide protection over time and disinfecting agents that can be applied and prohibit spread. Our custodial and maintenance crews are following touch-point cleaning schedules to apply disinfectant, and we will deep-clean any district buildings impacted by a positive case.