Des Moines Public Schools will continue to provide families and staff with updates on COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, throughout the summer as we continue our Return to Learn planning.

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 during this pandemic, and for joining us in our hope to see our students, teachers, staff, families and volunteers safety back in our schools.


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 then canceled all programs, activities and classes for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, moving students to distance learning.
  • DMPS canceled spring sports, proms and performing arts events through the end of the school year, and instead planned personal commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020.
  • DMPS has completed a deep cleaning and disinfecting of all school buildings and offices.
  • DMPS has disinfected school 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 its overall inventory of cleaning and safety supplies.
  • In March, DMPS postponed or canceled foreign trips that student groups had planned over Spring Break to areas with numerous Coronavirus cases, and shared additional travel information with families and staff prior to the start of Spring Break.
  • DMPS distributed more than a million meals to families while the buildings were closed this Spring. The effort to feed hungry kids continues this summer.
  • DMPS collected and reviewed surveys sent to parents, students and staff to help guide decisions about how we return to learn for the 2020-21 school year.
  • DMPS has introduced a Return to Learn plan for the 2020-21 school year, and hosted a series of community meetings in English and Spanish to answer questions and hear feedback from families.
  • DMPS is regularly sharing information in regard to Coronavirus and Return to Learn 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 and Polk County’s status change, the district will turn to IDPH and the CDC and follow any updated guidelines.


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:

  • Minimize being in public places and do not congregate in groups.
  • Cover your mouth and nose, such as using a face mask, when around other people.
  • 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.


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