West Des Moines will move all schools online starting Monday.
The district, approved Thursday, joins more than a dozen others in Iowa that have applied for and been granted a waiver to move the all students or a few buildings online since Tuesday.
During the 2020-21 school year, 160 students and 65 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the West Des Moines district’s website. Eighty-one of the student cases came from Valley High School alone.
The West Des Moines Community School District school board voted Monday to apply for state permission to move all schools online.
That vote followed a recommendation from the district’s administration. Students will remain online through Dec. 2.
The state requires school districts to meet a 50% in-person learning benchmark and apply for temporary waivers in order to move fully online.
As of Thursday, Polk County’s 14-day positivity rate was 19.1%.
Des Moines Public Schools had its waiver to move all grade levels online from Nov. 16-30 approved Tuesday. The Johnston School Board applied for a waiver to move all grade levels online Tuesday.