In the event of an unscheduled school closing, delay or early/late dismissal it is our goal to notify the community in an efficient and timely manner. I know the decision to close schools in poor weather has a big effect on families. I also believe that students benefit from being at school. I’ll balance these factors along with considerations for student safety when making the decisions regarding school closings or delays.
Notifications will be posted on the homepage of our website (www.wcv.k12.ia.us), notifications will be sent through JMC’s messaging service. Families will receive communication in the form of a phone call, email and text messages. We ask that parents/guardians update their information in JMC in your contact preferences. You can access JMC Parent Online from the school website by scrolling to the quicklinks on the lower right section of the home page. If you have never logged in to the JMC Site or need help with your username or password, please contact Jennifer at the district office for assistance (515) 523-2187 or email@example.com.
Television Stations: WHO-TV Channel 13 KCCI Channel 8 WOI Channel 5 KDSM FOX 17
Radio Stations: 107.9 FM 1040 AM 100.3 FM 107.5 FM 106.3 FM 1460 AM 96.5 FM
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School Closing - All schools are closed for the day. Only district central office will be open on school closing days. When schools are closed for the day, it also means that all activities scheduled in the school building for that calendar day are canceled unless otherwise noted. Specific announcements will be made if special activities scheduled can be held because of improved weather conditions.
Two-Hour Delay to Start of School Day - Two-hour delay start will be used for days when daylight and additional time is needed to allow for safe passage for students to schools. In the event of a two-hour school day delay, the school day will begin exactly two hours later than the regular school opening for each school. All buses will pick up students exactly two hours later than the regular pickup time, drop off time will not change. There will be no AM Pre-School/Kindergarten Prep on days that have a two-hour start delay. P.M. Pre-School will start at the normal time. If school is delayed, there will be no before-school practices.
Our decision to open or close the schools in poor weather is based on an analysis of factors such as:
Information on road conditions from transportation staff, highway patrol and county roads departments. We consider all of the roads in the district. Even if your street or road looks clear, travel elsewhere in the district may be dangerous. Additionally, we factor in the safety of high school students that may be driving to school.
Amount of snow and ice accumulated predicted duration of any precipitation, and temperature and wind chill. We recognize some students walk to school and some wait outside for the bus.
Building and parking lot conditions. We confirm that we have heat, electricity, and water, and confer with maintenance staff members who are responsible for clearing and treating school parking lots and sidewalks.
What other school districts are doing. We share information among schools as part of the decision making process.
Weather predictions. We consider weather predictions and often consult with area meteorologists.
As superintendent of schools, I am responsible for the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from other district personnel.
I must make the decision by 5:15 AM in order to contact administrators, post the decision on our website and notify radio and TV stations. This means that information on school closings or delays should be available between 5:30 and 5:45 AM.
Once we make the decision to open the schools, many parents rely on it and may already have left for work. Once in school, we will typically keep students through the day. In extreme conditions, we may need to have an early dismissal, but we will provide notice as indicated above.
Although we do our absolute best in this process, we know that no perfect decision exists for all involved. If you do not feel as though it is safe for your child to attend school, use your best judgment. Students missing school for weather-related reasons will be counted as an excused absence but will be allowed to make up school assignments. We would also appreciate your encouragement with teenage drivers to utilize the existing bus service or another alternative to driving in poor conditions.
Lance Ridgely, Superintendent
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018 the Old Glory Relay ran by WCV High School. The WCV students wanted to show their support for the veterans and their cause and decided to run with them to Stuart Elementary. We had 135 West Central Valley students and staff run and walk. As a school and community, we are proud to be a Wildcat!
Here are some quotes from students:
“It was nice to get to meet some of the individuals who served our county and be involved in such an amazing events” Joelle G
“It was great experience being able to be a apart of their journey across the U.S. It just shows how little things can make a big impact.” Beverly M
“It was great to see how we all could come together as a community and show our support to everyone who has and still are serving our country.” Olivia B
“When this opportunity came up, everyone was immediately excited to show their support. It was great to see everyone help out and have fun?” Jacob J
“It was awesome to be a part of something like this and see the dedication behind this event from Team RWB and everyone involved, it was inspiring” Gage P
Mr. Claire's high school students created portraits of children in Afghanistan. Please enjoy the video and contact Mr. Claire for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org
As a nation, we have become more attuned to the security needs of our school. While education remains a priority for West Central Valley Community School District (WCV CSD), we continually review, refine, and improve our efforts to maintain the type of safe school that our parents expect and that our students and staff deserve.
In a continuing effort to best safeguard your children and our staff; WCV CSD has retrofitted all district buildings with a camera and buzz-in security system. The buzz-in system allows all doors to be locked during the school day. The main entrance has an intercom that allows you to speak with a main office receptionist, who will unlock the door for you. Upon entering you are required to visit the office to sign-in. Although this procedure may be a bit more cumbersome for visitors, it greatly increases our ability to monitor who is allowed access to the halls and rooms occupied by your children. No one will be buzzed in during passing periods.
Thank you for helping us protect our most valued assets, your children.
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Iowa Immunization Requirements
An administrative rule change now requires all students entering 7th and 12th grades receive the meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine before being allowed to start school.
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The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics is taking steps to exchange any newborn birth certificate issued from May 1993 to October 2009, where the birth certificate is a small wallet-size card. The newborn birth certificate wallet cards issued during this time period did not contain enough vital record information to be used for identification purposes, essentially making them less useful for the purpose they are intended to be used for.
The newborn birth cards may be exchanged by mail or in person with the Bureau of Health Statistics, 321 E. 12th St., Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.
The following steps must be taken to expedite the exchange of the newborn birth certificate wallet cards:
Download the Application for Certified Copy of Iowa Vital Record from http://www.idph.iowa.gov/health-statistics/request-record;