Return-to-Learn Plans

  • 2021-22 Overview

    In September 2021, WDMCS adjusted the 2021-22 Return-to-Learn plan based on a Sept. 13, 2021, federal court ruling. The Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction against the enforcement of Iowa Code section 280.31, which banned Iowa school districts from issuing mask mandates for students, staff, and community members present on school grounds.

    This court ruling preempts the amended Return-to-Learn plan that was adopted by the Board of Education on Jan. 13, 2022. On Jan. 25, 2022,  the preliminary injunction was vacated. This means that WDMCS can no longer require masks. 

    The administration updated the plan based on CDC guidance and the Board of Education approved the changes at the Feb. 28, 2022 meeting. This plan will remain in place until the end of the school year. Changes to the plan that occur prior to the next six-month review will be determined by administration with notice of the changes provided to the Board.

    Download UPDATED Second Semester Return-to-Learn Plans, effective March 1, 2022 (PDF)

  • Updated Second Semester Return-to-Learn (effective March 1, 2022)

    COVID-19 Tracking

    • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have two options:
      • Individuals may isolate for 10 days; OR
      • Individuals may return after 5 days, if:
        • they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications;
        • their symptoms improving; and
        • they wear a mask for days 6-10 when around other people.
    • Individuals who test positive will be emailed COVID-19 resources. An email notification will be sent to the entire elementary school when a positive case is confirmed.
    • Contact tracing will ONLY BE COMPLETED within the immediate household of the positive individual, and those individuals are highly encouraged to quarantine. The Iowa Department of Public Health adjusted COVID-19 surveillance to follow the influenza model. This means districts cannot independently contact trace. Any contact tracing and follow-up would need to be led by the Polk County Health Department (PCHD).
    • Individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are highly encouraged to receive one. Numerous organizations offer free vaccines within Polk County.
    • Free COVID-19 testing kits are available in each building for students and staff. These kits are to be used at home and mailed to a testing facility to receive results. These kits are not to be returned to any WDMCS building. Central Iowa testing locations will be frequently shared with families and staff. WDMCS is not allowed to independently administer tests.
    • WDMCS will post confirmed cases of COVID-19 that have been reported to the district on a weekly basis. The dashboard will include building-specific positive cases, grouped by both students and staff.

    Buildings and Buses

    • Students and staff will be asked to stay home if they feel ill and/or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher. Student absences will be recorded in Infinite Campus, and staff absences will be recorded through their standard leave process.
    • All individuals, including students, staff, and visitors, are encouraged to follow CDC guidance regarding face masks.  
    • Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations are available and encouraged.
    • In 2020, WDMCS upgraded the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system to remove viral particles. (We changed from MERV 8 to MERV 13-14 filters.)
    • Federal emergency relief funds will be used to continue HVAC updates across the district as part of ongoing construction work.
    • Water bottle stations are available in all school buildings. Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles.
    • High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
    • Plexiglass barriers will remain within district and school office spaces that have public-facing interaction. Face shields will continue to be made available to students and staff as an extra layer of protection.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided for each space in buildings.

    In Classrooms

    • Teachers are able to take students outside for fresh air.
    • Students will participate in recess and P.E. with their peers.
    • Breakfasts and lunches will be eaten in the cafeteria. Hand sanitizer will be available.
    • Parents and guests will not be allowed to eat with students at school.
    • Volunteers will be on an invitation-only basis from a building administrator/teacher/program. 
    • Kids West child care will proceed with normal enrollment numbers.  
    • Extracurricular activities and Community Education events will take place.  All in attendance are encouraged to follow CDC guidance regarding face masks. 
    • PK families had the opportunity to select online learning. WDMCS teachers will work with a classroom of PK students, which is similar to the 2020-21 school year.
    • K-6 families had the opportunity to select a third-party, state-approved online learning system, Edgenuity, for their students. Students who are CURRENTLY enrolled had the opportunity to continue with Edgenuity for the second semester.
  • ESSER III Plan

    On April 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released its American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER or ESSER III) state plan template for state education agencies (SEAs) to complete to receive the remaining third of ESSER III funds. In addition to the template, the USED also released ESSER III interim final requirements related to SEA consultation, district ESSER III plans, and district plans for a safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.

    View WDMCS Plan Online

    Please contact School/Community Relations if you need this plan provided in a different format or read aloud.

    Phone: 515-633-5022



Last Modified on March 1, 2022