Second Semester Return to Learn Survey (Please Complete)

Second Semester Survey

The year 2020 has been unprecedented, to say the least. From a global pandemic to this summer’s derecho storm to protests for racial justice to a national election, this has been a year of change and uncertainty for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has triggered many changes impacting schools here in Des Moines and across the country. We look forward to a time in the future when students and teachers safely return to our schools.

In the meantime, we need to make plans for the second semester as uncertainties remain around the pandemic conditions in Iowa. In order to plan for staffing and resource allocation for next semester, we are asking families to commit to a learning model – either fully virtual or in–person – for their student(s). We are unsure of the future health conditions in Polk County and acknowledge that this is a difficult decision for families. For example, the in-person learning model may be hybrid, such as we briefly did this Fall, or it could be full-time if health conditions significantly improve. However, this is critical so we can plan multiple scenarios in the remainder of the year.

In addition, DMPS is asking families in grades 6-12 to share their perspectives on school resource officers (SRO) and the role of police within DMPS. There will be a few questions at the end of the learning model selection form for you to provide input that will help shape our future plans relating to the role of school resource officers.

The form for families to make their learning model selection (and for grades 6-12 families to complete the SRO survey) will be open from November 23 to December 4. To complete the selection form, you will be asked to log in with your student’s primary household’s phone number as listed in Infinite Campus.


Instructional Information

Please review our weekly instructional hub Weekly Instructional Hub for important information regarding classroom instruction for the start of term 2. The instructional hub  link  will give you direct access to every teachers instructional plans. This document will be updated throughougt the semester so please refer back to it as our school year continues.  You can also join Canvas and monitor your childs learning by accessing this link Canvas for Parents.

To learn more about Canvas and our other communication platforms please visit the bulletin board section on our websites home page.


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