515-285-7729
2317 Watrous Ave • Des Moines, IA 50321-2144

Parent Information

This page is for our cherished parents – current and new parents. Please, use the links below to access information about the school.

  • School Handbook
  • Tuition
  • Application Form
  • Lunch Menu
  • Calendar

Covid-19 Policy 2020-2021

It is essential for the school community to work together to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in the school environment and in the community while still providing a quality education program.   State statute gives schools the authority to exclude students who have a contagious disease such as COVID-19 or who are liable to transmit the disease after having been exposed to it. In addition, the local health department has the authority to exclude students from school and may order students and others to isolate or quarantine.

Exclusion from School

Students and employees will be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC Guidance that is not otherwise explained:

  1. a)  A fever of 100° F or greater
  2. b) Coughing 
  3. c) Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. d) Chills
  5. e) Repeated shaking with chills
  6. f) Muscle pain
  7. g) Headache
  8. h) Sore throat
  9. i) New loss of taste or smell
  10. j) extreme fatigue

Screening

Teachers will enforce screening protocols for anyone that enters their buildings i.e. taking temperatures, asking questions, or otherwise examining people who appear healthy and asymptomatic. This screening will occur before parents/drivers are able to leave. Students and employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations are prohibited from coming to school, and if they do come to school, they will be sent home immediately.

Return to School After Exclusion

Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC.  Currently those guidelines are:

  1. Untested. Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following three conditions are met: a. They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and b. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and c. Health care provider clearance (note) before returning to school.
  2. Tested. Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 may return to school if the following three conditions are met: a. They no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and b. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and c. They have received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart, or health care provider clearance (note).
  3. Tested with no symptoms. Persons who have not had symptoms but test positive for COVID19 may return when they have gone seven (7) calendar days without symptoms and/or have been released by a health care provider.

Students may also return if they are approved to do so in writing by the student’s health care provider.  

Siblings or Other Students in the Household

If a student is excluded from school due to COVID-19 symptoms or has had a positive COVID-19 test, his or her siblings or other students living in the same household, will also be excluded from school.  If they do not exhibit symptoms, they will be excluded from school and asked to self-quarantine.

Self-Quarantine

If a student or employee has recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 or has recently traveled from somewhere considered to be a “hot spot” by the CDC, the school may exclude the student or employee from the school building and recommend that they self-quarantine for 14 calendar days.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 In the School Building

         When there is confirmation that a person infected with COVID-19 was in a school building, the school will close the school building for a minimum of 2-5 days and work with the local health department to assess factors such as the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building, the number of cases in the community and other factors that will determine when the building should reopen.  

         The school will contact parents/students and employees and notify them that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was in the building and encourage cooperation with the school and the local health department to trace contacts with the individual.  The individual who tested positive will not be identified in communications to the school community at large but may need to be selectively identified for contact tracing by the health department.

         While the school building is closed, all school activities will be cancelled or rescheduled, regardless of whether the activity was to take place in the building or another location, including extracurricular activities and field trips.  Parents/students and employees will be encouraged to stay at home until more information is provided by the school or the health department.

The School Environment Recommendations

Parents

  • Parents are not allowed in the building during school hours. If you need to obtain access to the teachers or students during the day please call or text your child’s teacher. 
  • If a students leave for an appointment during school hours, they will not be allowed back into the school building that day.
  • Please follow the pick up schedule that the school outlines for safety reasons. 

In the Classroom

  • Alternate recess to minimize the number of students on the playground, require social distancing, and allow time to disinfect equipment in between classes.
  •  Increase space between students during in-person instruction.
  •  Move classes outdoors.
  •  Rearrange desks to increase space in between students (Goal:  6 feet).
  •  Face desks in the same direction.
  •  Require students to remain seated in the classroom and assign seats.

In the Lunchroom

  • Napkins and silverware are provided directly by staff, not for individuals to grab.
  • Require students to eat (socially distant) with classmates from their homeroom in the lunchroom.
  • Prohibit or limit food-sharing activities.
  •  Stagger times students are in the lunchroom.

Before and After School

  • Stagger drop-off and pick-up processes.
  • Stagger times that classes are released.
  • Require students to stay in an assigned section of the school yard or playground as opposed to mingling with other classes.
  • Schedule restroom breaks to avoid overcrowding.
  • Rearrange furniture to avoid clustering in common areas.
  •  In locations where students line up, tape marks are put on the floor to indicate the appropriate social distancing.

Hygiene in School

  • Clothe facemasks are required to enter the building, in common areas, and highly reccommended in the classroom setting. Face shields may be acceptable.        
  •  All persons are required to wash hands when they come to school and every hour.
  •  Place hand hygiene stations at the entrance of the building.
  •  Encourage students and employees to sanitize their backpacks and personal items at the beginning and end of the day and separate personal items into cubbies or baskets that are not shared with other students. 
  • Do not allow students to share lockers.
  • Require all persons to wash hands after blowing noses, coughing or sneezing or when in contact with bodily fluids.
  •  Disinfect door handles, light switches, stair railings and other frequently touched surfaces every hour.
  • Disinfect bathrooms and other common areas frequently with posted schedules where workers sign off the time when the work has been completed.
  • Post signs in bathrooms with directions on how to effectively wash hands.

Dealing with Illness

  • Any person exhibiting signs of illness will be separated for evaluation.
  • A separate room will be set up for any person who is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 to be cared for.  Few people will be allowed in the room, and the room will be disinfected frequently.  Students/staff will be walked out of the building from the room to persons driving them home.  The names of all persons who enter the room will be documented.
  • If possible and if adequate equipment is available, staff will take regular temperature checks of students and staff.  Use a touchless thermometer if possible.  Do not use oral thermometers.

 

Kindergarten Through 8th Grade

  • Child 1- $280 Child 2- $250  
  • Child 3- $220 Child 4- $190

Registration Fee

  • $210 per child (non refundable)
  • Pre-Registration $170 per Child

Des Moines Adventist School operates on a tuition payment plan divided into ten equal payments (August through May).  The first month’s tuition is due on Registration day along with all applicable fees. Monthly payments are to be paid through SMART Tuition.  All families are required to set-up an account with SmartTuition. Their phone number is 866-395-2987.  Application forms and any questions are handled by the school board treasurer.

What we wear on the outside should be a symbol of what is on the inside. Appearance not only reveals how a person feels, but also affects how a person acts.  It not only shows what we are interested in and what matters to us, but it also molds our mood and thus impacts the educational process. The student and the teacher are expected to dress to glorify the Creator, not through show display, but through modesty, cleanliness, simplicity, and neatness.  Education research also supports that dress is correlated with student behavior and discipline.

Each student and teacher should wear clothing that is in good taste, appropriate for the occasion. The Principal will ultimately resolve questions regarding specific articles of clothing. The following rules regarding dress code will be enforced:

  • Writing on shirts must be in line with Seventh-day Adventist Christian standards. (Examples: there should be no rock star association, alcohol, or caffeine beverage association, or suggestive phrases.)
  • String straps, any shirt that cuts off at the shoulder, halter tops or backless shirts are not permitted.
  • Tight-fitting pants or tops are not permitted. “tight-fitting” is understood to be any clothing that is tighter than the natural surface tension of the skin.
  • Shorts must be long enough to be non-revealing and modest while seated.
  • The midriff may not be exposed.
  • Ragged or torn clothing is not permitted.
  • Jewelry is not permitted, with the exception of medical alert bracelets or similar necessary wear.
  • Makeup or nail polish that appears unnatural, overly bright, or distracting is not permitted.
  • Shoes must be worn. If they have laces, they must be tied. For safety, sandals must have ankle straps. Flip-flops and slippers are not permitted except under special circumstances (Example: Beach Day, Slipper Day).
  • Hair should be kept neatly cut and groomed and should not be of unnatural color.
  • Mini-skirts are not permitted.

For grades K-2, shorts must be worn underneath skirts or dress to enable modest playground activity.

For parents seeking admission for their children, click on the button below to download the Registration Form. Carefully review the form and respond accordingly and submit the forms in person to the Principal.

Application Form

Back to School 2020-2021

Traditional Option A – Hybrid Option B. 

In-School Learners – Online Learners

 

Des Moines Adventist Schools is planning to have two learning options this school year. We are calling this the Traditional Option and the Hybrid Option. Traditional Option A, will be in-person at the school where Covid-19 policy will be followed. The other option will be the Hybrid Option B, this will be an online learning option for those who do not feel comfortable attending in person. 

 

There are some expectations that will have to be followed for both of these options to be effective at our school. 

 

Requirements for Option A-

  • Students will be in school everyday
  • Daily health screenings to enter the building
  • Students will actively participate
  • Students will complete and hand in work assigned by the teacher.
  • Covid-19 policies will be followed in the school building

 

Requirements for Option B-

  • Working internet connection at home. 
  • Student has a learning device of their own (Maybe provided by the school if needed)
  • Students have to actively participate during online learning sessions (most likely zoom). Attendance will be taken at each learning session.
  • Students have to complete and return work assigned by the teacher
  • Work pick up and drop off will be the responsibility of the family

 

Choosing the right learning option for your family

The State of Iowa is strongly suggesting that all students return to school. Our school would love to have all students in person, but we understand that this option will not work for all the families. In order for this hybrid model to work it will take commitment from the students, families, and teachers.

If you choose the Traditional Option A, it will most likely look the closest to the regular school year. With the exception of the Covid-19 policies that will be in place to keep those attending healthy, and lessen the spread of the virus. 

 

If the Hybrid Option B is more fitting for your family, this will resemble the online learning at the end of the school year. The difference will be that your students will be meeting with the teacher and other students for worship and the core subjects (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Bible). This will be conducted through Zoom, or a program similar to that. The start times are to be determined by the teacher. Students will have to have their cameras on. 

The school strongly suggests that all students have a designated work area where they keep materials, books, and participate in class.

Students will be required to be active during school hours. Their attendance will be taken through their participation in the class by following along, watching, and doing the activities that are required for the class they are participating in. 

Parents will be responsible for picking up learning packets for the week and dropping off completed work at the end of the week. No contact pick ups and drop offs will be set up outside of the school. PTC will be held weekly, via zoom, phone call, text, online chatting, or email (teacher discretion) to keep students up to date with all work. Missing work will be addressed if needed. 

 

Changing your option choice.

The families will be able to choose initially what option would work best for their family. Then after that students will be unable to change their option until the end of the quarter (typically a 9 week period). At that point they will have to inform the school if they choose to change their option.

For example – if the family chooses the Hybrid Option B, they will have to continue this until the end of the quarter. At that point they will have to choose to continue with their option or they will be able to switch to the Traditional Option A. 

*The exception to the choice would be that if someone in the household or at school tests positive for Covid-19, then the Traditional Option A students would have to switch to Hybrid Option B (length of time to be determined).

 

Books, Technology, and Work

Books are the property of the school, and should be maintained in the condition that they received. They should be kept in the designated school area for the Hybrid Option B. If technology is provided by the school, it is the students and parents responsibility to keep them safe and in working order, and to be returned to the school, in the condition that they were received. 

Work is expected to be returned to the school in a folder, students should provide clean, and neat work. 

 

Tuition 

Registration and tuition rates will remain the same for both options. Meeting with the School Treasurer to set up financial responsibilities will still be required for all families. Marvin Roberts, is who you need to talk to, call to make an appointment via phone or in person, 917-562-9584. 

Please review and sign the following document to make the choice for your family.

 

Please review and sign the following document to make the choice for your family. 

Lunch
Students bring their own lunch, a refrigerator and a microwave are available for students to use.

Hot Lunch
Due to COVID-19 Hot Lunches will be suspended indefinitely. 


Usually Hot Lunch is served on Monday and Tuesday. It is provided by volunteers, church members, and parents. The cost is $2.50. 

Click on the button below to see weekly lunch menu or refer to the Reminder up for updates.