Providing Information on COVID-19 at DMPS
Des Moines Public Schools values transparency and will balance providing as much information as possible while respecting student and staff medical privacy rights. To avoid the possibility of identifying individual students or staff who are absent due to a COVID-19 illness or exposure, data is being provided on a district-wide level and shown by grade level.
This dashboard will be updated daily on school days to reflect positive cases at DMPS confirmed by Polk County over the past 24 hours; weekend and holiday COVID-19 positive cases will be posted on the next school day.
NOTE: during the 2020-21 school year, 526 staff members and 855 students reported positive COVID-19 tests.
Des Moines Public Schools COVID-19 Tracker
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Last updated on Friday, May 20 at 5:05 p.m.
Des Moines Public Schools Daily Positive Cases
*The positive cases shown are the total number since August 12th, 2021 for DMPS staff (the date when new teachers reported) and since August 25, 2021 for DMPS students (the first day of classes).
These tables are updated each school day (cases reported on the weekends or holidays are included in the next school day). DMPS school nurses verify positive COVID-19 cases each day with the Polk County Health Department; however, PCHD maintains the official record for the county.
NOTE: The spike in COVID-19 cases shown for the week of January 3, 2022 includes student and staff positive test results from throughout the Winter Break (December 22, 2021 to January 2, 2022).
Current Polk County COVID-19 Metric
Polk County Positive Test Rate Per 100,000
* The positive test rate per 100,000 is from the IDPH Report and is reported every Wednesday
To find out the COVID-19 Community Level from the CDC, simply enter your location below.
Determining Possible Infection in School
If DMPS students or staff have symptoms of COVID-19, the school nurse may send the individual home. If your child has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, contact your school nurse. If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness , DO NOT send them to school. Call the school nurse or your healthcare provider to determine next steps.
Additional Resources & Information
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES: Des Moines Public Schools is committed to offering quality resources to families, no matter their chosen learning model. For information about childcare services, help finding a doctor, financial assistance and more, visit our Online Family Resource Guide. If you would like someone from the district to contact you about a need in your family, fill out our Student Services Contact Form and someone will be in touch to assist you.
INFORMATION ON COVID-19: Accurate health information about COVID-19 is important as people around the world respond to help put an end to this global pandemic. Stay informed and look for information on Coronavirus from reliable and trusted expert sources:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- Polk County Health Department
COVID-19 MONITORING WEB SITES: The following web sites provide updated information on COVID-19 cases and related information: