ALL PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND CLASSES AT DES MOINES PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED AND SCHOOL BUILDINGS CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

Des Moines Public Schools would like to provide families and staff with an update on COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, as the the number of confirmed cases continue to increase in Iowa and across the nation.

This web page will be updated as new information or guidelines are provided by public health officials. The right-hand menu contains additional information on Coronavirus and its impact at DMPS.

Thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to during this pandemic, and our hope to see our students, teachers, staff, families and volunteers back in our schools when it is safe.


WHAT DMPS IS DOING

DMPS is in regular contact with Polk County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), and follows the guidelines and best practices from those entities and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when it comes to responding to public health concerns, including Coronavirus and the flu. Examples of steps taken by the school district include:

  • DMPS originally extended Spring Break and canceled all programs, activities and classes until at least Monday, April, 13. All schools are currently closed as DMPS transitions to online and distance learning to complete the 2019-20 school year.
  • In recent weeks, DMPS has reviewed and updated our Pandemic Response Plan.
  • DMPS has also reviewed our cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for schools to implement to help prevent the spread of viruses. Examples of this includes additional work by our custodial staff to focus on high touch areas, such as door knobs, water fountains and hand rails, as well as posting reminders about hand washing.
  • DMPS has also been disinfecting the buses with a high pressure cleaning solution, and bus drivers have been provided with disinfectant wipes for additional cleaning of common areas on their buses. The district has also increased our inventory of cleaning and safety supplies should they become necessary.
  • In addition, DMPS postponed or canceled foreign trips that student groups had planned over Spring Break to areas with numerous Coronavirus cases, and has shared additional travel information with families and staff prior to the start of Spring Break.
  • DMPS is regularly sharing information in regard to Coronavirus on our web site, in our weekly e-newsletter, in emails to parents and staff, on social media, on school signage, and with the news media.

DMPS will continue to monitor the situation with county and state health officials. Should Iowa’s status change, the district will turn to IDPH and the CDC and follow any updated guidelines.

KCCI-TV Report on What DMPS is Doing in Response to Coronavirus


WHAT YOU CAN DO

There is something you can do. Review good hygiene with your family to help keep them safe. Examples of some routine, everyday preventive actions to lessen the spread of viruses include:

  • If a student or staff member is sick, they should stay home and contact their doctor.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

MORE INFORMATION

Stay informed and look for information on this virus and situation from reliable and trusted expert sources: