Information about the Kids West program and procedures can be found in our handbook. If you are unable to find the answer to your question within our handbook, please contact the Kids West office so we may be of assistance.



Kids West follows the West Des Moines Community Schools Policies.

Board Policies

Weather Policy

Kids West uses West Des Moines Community School (WDMCS) buildings and abides by the WDMCS weather policy regarding school closings. In the event of severe weather or weather-related emergencies, the following policies are in effect:

  • School Cancellation—If school is canceled for the day, Kids West will be canceled. District school buildings are not available for our use if school is closed.
  • School Late Start—If school starts late, Kids West will also start late. For example, with a two-hour late school start, Kids West will open at 8:30 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. and continue until school begins.
  • School Early Dismissal—If school dismisses early, Kids West begins at time of dismissal. Parents are asked to pick up their children as soon as possible so students, families, and staff may travel home safely. Kids West will close by 5 p.m. on early dismissal days due to weather.
  • Full-Day Care Cancellation—If weather is severe, or an emergency arises during full-day care, the decision to cancel Kids West or Kids West Summer Day Camp will be made at 5:30 a.m. Accounts will be credited for any day Kid West cancels if you have paid in advance.