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Mask Mandate Alters WDMCS End-of-Year Safety Guidelines (05/20/21)

UPDATE (5:25 p.m. May 20, 2021): As we shared earlier today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law HF 847 that now prohibits public schools from mandating masks. This information is intended to outline the changes for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

We are thankful for the flexibility, grace, and understanding shown all year long by our students, families, staff, and community. Whether you choose to wear a face mask or not, we will remain respectful and sensitive to everyone’s decision. Please continue to be respectful of the choices others make as we navigate the final few days of this school year together.

Spanish Message: El cambio de mandato sobre las mascarillas altera las pautas de seguridad para el fin de año

Hakha Chin Message: Hmurkhuh hman loin kum dongh lai zulh awk


What Does This Mean For Our WDMCS Community?


No Masks Required

Masks are no longer required for any students, staff, or community members who may be on district property, in our buildings, or on school buses. We encourage individuals who have not been vaccinated to please consider wearing a mask.

We will remain respectful and sensitive to everyone’s decision. No one will be confronted regardless of whether or not they choose to wear a mask.


Family Choice for Learning at Home

Families who do not feel comfortable sending their students to school due to the new legislation will be allowed to transition their students to learn at home. Please see more details below that outline what that looks like for elementary versus secondary students.


Quarantine Guidelines

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) eliminated quarantine requirements for students or staff exposed to COVID-19, unless showing symptoms. Students or staff who have been in quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 and choose to return to school will not be required to wear masks.

The COVID-19 dashboard will no longer be updated and will be removed from the district website, but we ask that families and staff still contact their school nurses for guidance if they test positive for COVID-19.


What Does This Mean For PK-6 Students?


Events

Elementaries will NOT make changes to any event restrictions already in place for end-of-year activities within the building during the school day.

This means typical in-person events such as grade-specific graduations, talent shows, and other performances will not allow families to enter the building to attend. Many events have already planned alternative options to celebrate, including livestreaming and recorded performances. Outdoor events that may already include invitations to family members will remain the same.


Elementary Students Learning at Home

Families who do not feel comfortable sending their children to school for the remainder of the year due to this change can transition their students to learn at home.

Students will not transition to an “online teacher” but will work with their current teacher and classroom.

  • Teachers will provide materials, learning experiences, and support through Canvas beginning Monday, May 24, to allow for a transition.
  • At least one time each day, students learning at home will connect with their teacher online or through a phone call.
  • Teachers will create connections between online and in-person students a few times between now and the end of the school year.
  • Special education teachers will include students virtually in their daily groups.

Families who need internet access should contact their school. A hot spot will be provided.

Families with unique situations that would not fit the plan listed above should contact their school administrator.


Meals and Recess

Elementaries will maintain the same breakfast/lunch schedule and process through the remainder of the year.

Current recess safety guidelines, including combining students into smaller groups, will remain in place. No masks required.


What Does This Mean For 7-12 Students?


Secondary Students Learning at Home

Families who do not feel comfortable sending their students to school for the remainder of the year due to this change can transition their students to learn online.

  • Teachers will provide materials, learning experiences, and support through Canvas.
  • Students will experience learning and connect with each other through a daily schedule for each class.
  • Tiger Time, classroom virtual meetings, and independent learning will be part of each day. Attendance will be taken.

Families who need internet access should contact their school. A hot spot will be provided.

Families with unique situations that would not fit the plan listed above should contact their school administrator.


Athletics and Activities

All district athletics and activities programs must follow the new legislation even if organizations such as the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA), and the Iowa High School Speech Association (IHSSA) provide different guidance.

Masks will not be required. Social distancing is encouraged. Cleaning after practices, rehearsals, games, and events will take place.

Protective covers on instruments will still be used.


Secondary Meals

Secondary schools will maintain the same breakfast/lunch schedule and process through the remainder of the year.


Secondary Events


Concerts

Concerts will continue as planned. Masks will not be required. Protective covers on instruments will still be used. Cleaning between groups will take place.

Concerts in the Staplin Performing Arts Center will have a small section reserved for those who wish to social distance. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Honors Night

Honors Night will continue as planned. Masks will not be required. The Fieldhouse will have a small section reserved for those who wish to social distance. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event will be livestreamed.


Class of 2021 Graduations

Valley and Walnut Creek graduations will no longer enforce limits on the number of guests in attendance (other than the standard seating limitations of each location).

Both Valley Stadium for Valley’s graduation and the Staplin Center for Walnut Creek’s graduation will have small sections that will provide social distancing. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. These events will be livestreamed. Watch for more information to seniors and their families.


What Does This Mean for Summer?


Summer classes, programs, and Kids West child care will follow the same guidance outlined above.

ORIGINAL POST (6:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20): In an overnight press release from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds' office, West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) learned she signed into law that public schools can no longer mandate masks. HF 847 contains several components of the governor’s Students First Act as well as provisions that prohibit K-12 schools from mandating masks as well as cities and counties from mandating masks in businesses. 

We wanted to share this information because we know some families may choose to no longer require their students to wear masks today. As a district, we are still encouraging anyone who has not been vaccinated to wear a mask. The majority of our students do not yet have access to the vaccine or will not be fully vaccinated. We believe this is a critical step in our fight against the virus.

We will send more detailed information on how this new legislation will impact the remainder of the school year later today.


El cambio de mandato sobre las mascarillas altera las pautas de seguridad para el fin de año

La gobernadora de Iowa, Kim Reynolds, promulgó la ley HF 847 que ahora prohíbe a las escuelas públicas exigir mascarillas.

¿Qué significa esto para nuestra comunidad de WDMCS?

MASCARILLAS

  • Ya no se requieren mascarillas para los estudiantes, el personal o los miembros de la comunidad que puedan estar en la propiedad del distrito o en nuestros edificios. Alentamos a las personas que no han sido vacunadas a que usen una mascarilla.

ELECCIÓN DE LAS FAMILAS PARA QUE SUS HIJOS APRENDAN DESDE LA CASA DURANTE EL RESTO DEL AÑO 

  • Su hijo puede hacer la transición al aprendizaje en su casa si no se siente cómodo con este cambio.

DIRECTRICES DE CUARENTENA

  • No se requerirá que los estudiantes o el personal que hayan estado expuestos a COVID-19 y elijan regresar a la escuela usen mascarillas.

¿Qué significa esto para los estudiantes de PK-6?

EVENTOS

  • Las escuelas primarias NO harán cambios a las restricciones de eventos que ya estén vigentes para las actividades de fin de año dentro de las escuelas durante el día escolar.
  • No se permitirá que las familias asistan a los eventos en las escuelas.
  • Puede que las familias sean permitidas asistir a eventos al aire libre.

FAMILIAS PUEDEN ELEGIR QUE SUS HIJOS APRENDAN EN LÍNEA POR EL RESTO DEL AÑO

  • Las familias que no se sientan cómodas enviando a sus hijos a la escuela por el resto del año debido a este cambio pueden elegir que sus hijos aprendan desde sus casas.
  • Los estudiantes trabajarán con su maestro y salón de clases actuales
  • Los maestros proporcionarán materiales, experiencias de aprendizaje y apoyo por medio de Canvas a partir del lunes 24 de mayo.
  • Una vez al día, los estudiantes se conectarán con su maestro en línea o por teléfono.
  • Los maestros de educación especial incluirán a los estudiantes virtualmente en sus grupos diarios.
  • Las familias que necesitan acceso al Internet deben comunicarse con su escuela. Se proporcionará un punto de acceso (hot spot).
  • Las familias con situaciones únicas que no puedan seguir el plan mencionado anteriormente deben comunicarse con el director de su escuela.

COMIDAS

  • Las escuelas primarias mantendrán el mismo horario y proceso de desayuno / almuerzo durante el resto del año.

RECREO

  • Las pautas actuales de seguridad para el recreo, incluyendo la combinación de estudiantes en grupos más pequeños, permanecerán vigentes.

¿Qué significa esto para los estudiantes de 7-12?  

FAMILIAS PUEDEN ELEGIR QUE SUS ESTUDIANTES APRENDAN EN LÍNEA POR EL RESTO DEL AÑO

  • Las familias que no se sientan cómodas enviando a sus hijos a la escuela por el resto del año debido a este cambio pueden elegir que sus hijos aprendan desde sus casas.
    • Los maestros proporcionarán materiales, experiencias de aprendizaje y apoyo por medio de Canvas.
    • Los estudiantes experimentarán el aprendizaje y se conectarán entre sí a través de un horario diario para cada clase.
    • Tiger Time, las reuniones virtuales en el salón de clases y el aprendizaje independiente serán parte de cada día. Se tomará la asistencia.
  • Las familias que necesitan acceso al Internet deben comunicarse con su escuela. Se proporcionará un punto de acceso (hot spot).
  • Las familias con situaciones únicas que no puedan seguir el plan mencionado anteriormente deben comunicarse con el director de su escuela.

DEPORTES / ACTIVIDADES

  • Todos los programas de actividades y deportes del distrito deben seguir la nueva legislación.
  • No se requerirán mascarillas. Se fomenta el distanciamiento social. Se llevará a cabo la limpieza.
  • Se seguirán utilizando cubiertas protectoras en los instrumentos.

 EVENTOS

  • CONCIERTOS: Los conciertos continuarán según lo planeado. No se requerirán mascarillas. 
  • NOCHE DE HONORES: La Noche de Honores continuará según lo planeado. No se requerirán mascarillas. 
  • GRADUACIÓN: Las graduaciones de Valley y Walnut Creek ya no impondrán límites en la cantidad de invitados que asistan. Esté atento a más información para los estudiantes de cuarto año y sus familias.

COMIDAS

  • Las escuelas secundarias mantendrán el mismo horario y proceso de desayuno / almuerzo durante el resto del año.

¿Qué significa esto para el verano?

Las clases de verano, los programas y el cuidado de niños Kids West seguirán la misma guía descrita anteriormente.  

Queremos tomar un momento para darle las gracias a nuestro personal, familias, estudiantes y comunidad por apoyarnos mientras navegamos los últimos días de este año escolar.


Hmurkhuh hman loin kum dongh lai zulh awk

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds nih public schools ah hmurkhuh hmanlo khoh a si cang tiin minthut in thawng a thanh.

WDMCS community caah zei sullam?  

Hmurkhuh/MASKS

Siangngakchia, Sayate le sianginn ah a rak lengmi dihlak hmurkhuh hman lo khoh a si cang. Sii a chun rih lomi belte hmurkhuh hman dingah thazaang pek kan in duhhna.

Sianginn kai a tang rihmi tlawmpal hi chungkhar hna nih inn in kai aw ah thim khoh a si.

Thil a thlengmi ruangah na sia rem lo ahcun na fa online in kaiter khoh a si.

QUARANTINE ZULHPHUNG

Siangngakchia le sayate COVID-19 he neih niam in a ummi sianginn kai than tik ah hmurkhuh hman a hau lailo.

PK-6 siangngakchia zeitin asi lai?  

EVENTS

Elementaries ahcun sianginn khar tiang zeibantuk thil program hmanh a thar in ngeih le tuah a um lailo. 

Sianginn chung Program tete kan ngeihmi pawl chungkhar pawl tel a ngah rih lai lo.

Leng/ outdoor ah program kan ngeihmi tete a um si le chungkhar hna telkhoh a si lai. 

SIANGINN KAI A TANG RIHMI HI CHUNGKHAR HNA NIH INN IN KAI AW AH THIM KHOH A SI.

Thil a thlengmi ruangah na sia rem lo ahcun na fa online in kaiter khoh a si.

Online Siangngakchia hna cu an khaan le an sayate a thleng lailo.

Monday, May 24, in sayate nih a herhmi thilri, cawnnak le tuah awk Canvas hmangin pehtlaih a si lai.

Nikhat voikhat sayate le siangngakchia cu online asilole phone biaruahnak a um lai.

Siangngakchia cu a telnak Special education zongah pehzulh in online mithmuh in cawnnak ah a tel ve thima lai. 

Chungkhar internet a herhmi nih nan sianginn cio ah pehtlaih ding. A hot spot  pek nan si lai.

Chungkhar zeimaw a relrem lomi nih sianginn administrator/nawlngeitu pehtlaih a si lai.

Rawl:

Elementaries ah zing/chuncaw ei can cu  sianginn khar tiang a tu an zulh ningin zulh a si lai. 

Chikhat leng/RECESS

A tu lio sianginn ah kan zulh phung ningin sianginn khar tiang zulh a si lai.

 

Tang 7-12 tah zeitin a si lai? 

SIANGINN KAI A TANG RIHMI HI CHUNGKHAR HNA NIH INN IN KAI AW AH THIM KHOH A SI.

Thil a thlengmi ruangah na sia rem lo ahcun na fa online in kaiter khoh a si.

Online Siangngakchia hna cu an khaan le an sayate a thleng lailo.

 Sayate nih a herhmi thilri, cawnnak le tuah awk Canvas hmangin pehtlaih a si lai.

Nifate schedule a um lai, siangngakchia cawnnak le tuah ding tete a um lengmang lai.

Tiger Time, classroom online mithmuh tonnak a um lai, cun pumpak deuh in cawnnak zong a um lai. Min zacin lak lengmang a si lai.

Chungkhar internet a herhmi cu nan fa le sianginn ah pehtlaihkhoh a si. Hot spot pek nan si lai.

Chungkhar zeimaw a relrem lomi nih sianginn administrator/nawlngeitu pehtlaih a si lai.

Rawl:

ATHLETICS/Lentecelh

Kan sianginn dihlak nih sianginn lentecelh le colhcangnak vialte zulhphung sermi zulh a si lai.

Hmurkhuh hruhlo khoh a si. Hla deuh in thut dir ti ding thazaang pek a si.

Thilri hmanmi thiang le himnak hman awk a um lai.

EVENTS

CONCERTS: Concerts cu timhmi ningin kal a si lai.  Hmurkhuh hmanlo khoh a si.

HONORS NIGHT: Honors Night timi cu timhmi ningin kalpi a si lai. Hmurkhuh hman lo khoh a si lai. 

GRADUATION: Valley le Walnut Creek graduations ni a ra ding cu minung rikhiah a um lailo. Chungkhar tamdeuh in thawngpang theihter nan si lai.

 

RAWL/MEALS

Secondary schools ah zing/chuncaw ei can cu  sianginn khar tiang a tu an zulh ningin zulh a si lai. 

 Summer zeitin asi lai?

Summer classes, programs, le Kids West vialte zong a cunglei zulhphung ningin kalpi a si lai.

Sayate, chungkhar, siangngakchia le khuatlang mi sianginn khar lai te ah thila thlengmi nan kan bawmhnak cungah lawmhnak kan rak langhter.