UPDATED (JAN. 13): After reassessing spectator capacity at each of our athletic venues following Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ latest proclamation that lifted fan restrictions at high school sporting events, the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) will implement the following guidelines for Valley winter sports starting Monday, Jan. 18.
ORIGINAL POST (JAN. 8): On Thursday, Jan. 7, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds released a new proclamation that lifted fan restrictions at high school sporting events. Essentially, the proclamation gives school districts in Iowa the option to no longer limit spectator attendance beginning today, Friday, Jan. 8.
To stay in line with current COVID-19 mitigation strategies at the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS), the two-spectators-per-player protocol for athletic events will still be in effect, as already established league-wide by the Central Iowa Metropolitan League. Additionally, face masks must be continued to be worn at all times when attending an event at a WDMCS facility, and social distancing guidelines will be enforced.
With the guidance provided by Gov. Reynolds, Polk County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU). WDMCS will reassess spectator capacity at each of our athletic venues. Any new fan guidelines for WDMCS winter sports will be announced next week.
We appreciate the support and grace from our WDMCS community as we continue to keep the health and safety of our students, staff, and fans at the forefront of this process.