Last Update: 7/31/2020 at 6:32 Pm


Fall 2020 Reentry Plan


Dear City Garden Community,

Thank you for your feedback regarding our Fall 2020 School Plan. You will find an updated draft of our Fall 2020 plan at this link:

There have not been any significant changes made to the plan; however, there are a number of questions and requests for clarification that are answered below. We will continue to answer questions and clarify information over the coming days and weeks. We will do our best to work with each family, to accommodate your individual needs.

We will continue to update you as we further flesh out the many details of this plan. We recognize that things continue to change rapidly with COVID-19, and we promise to communicate with you early and often about any changes.

If you would like to share additional feedback, or if you have additional questions, please fill out this google form:

Or send an email to me or to Crystal Isom at

Thank you for your partnership during this time!


Questions & Answers from Survey

Q: How long is this plan for?
A: This plan is for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year – August through December, 2020. We will continuously evaluate health and safety factors, and if there are reasons to make changes to the plan, we will notify you immediately. We do not anticipate being able to come back to school full-time before January. In November, we will evaluate whether to continue with this plan through the spring semester, and we will communicate any changes with you.

Q: How will you determine which students get to come to school?
A: Our process to determine which students will be able to come to school physically includes:
1. Determining our in-person staffing capacity, by working with each staff member to determine whether they prefer to work in person or at home (we are in the process of this)
2. Determining each classroom’s physical capacity, allowing for safe social distancing, according to CDC guidelines and according to staff member’s judgement and comfort level (we have determined each classroom’s maximum capacity, based on CDC guidelines, and are working with each guide (teacher) to determine their comfort level)
3. Requesting and reviewing families’ preferences regarding whether you would like your child to participate in 100% virtual learning, or if you believe your child would benefit academically and/or socially-emotionally by being at school in person, or if you are an essential worker and need your child to be at school all or part of each week (a form will be sent next week for you to complete)
4. Guides (teachers) make recommendations regarding which students will most benefit from being at school in person, based on academic and social-emotional needs.

Based on our family survey, less than 50% of families indicated that they would prefer for their child(ren) to attend school in person. We will accommodate as many families as we are able to, but will give highest priority to students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s) and children of essential workers. We will be in communication with each family regarding their preferences and needs.

Q: What are the hours for in-person school?
A: The hours will be our regular school hours each day, 8:30-3:30.

Q: Will you offer before and after care?
A: We do not yet know whether we will be able to offer before or after care. We will communicate with families about this as soon as possible.

Q: Are non-City Garden teachers and other educational professionals considered essential workers?
A: Yes, teachers and other educational professionals are considered essential workers. If you work full-time in another industry and do not have access to child care, we will do our best to accommodate your child(ren) at school.

Q: Will students be assessed this year? Is participation in the school program required?
A: Yes, students will be assessed this year; however, we are still working to determine exactly what this will look like, and we will communicate with you about this as soon as possible. Distance learning is “school,” so all students will be expected to participate. Attendance in lessons and completion of work, assignments, etc. will be recorded, and we will send out report cards each quarter. If your family needs flexibility regarding when your child will watch lessons and complete work, please communicate with your child’s lead guide.

Q: Will my child be on Zoom during the entire work cycle each day?
A: No, your child will not be on Zoom during the entire work cycle each day. Your child will participate in a class meeting, and then will have short individual or small group lessons scheduled during the work cycle. During the rest of the time, your child will have other work to complete independently and may use that time to check in with the assistant guide. Your child’s guide will communicate with you about your child’s individual schedule.

Q: Can siblings from the same family have the same schedule?
A: We will work to arrange for siblings to have the same schedule (if it is preferred) to the greatest extent possible.

Q: The virtual learning plan seems like a very heavy lift for parents. Can you make sure there is self-guided work for my child(ren)? Will I have to be monitoring and helping them all the time?
A: Though we know that it will be a lot of work for parents and guardians who have their children at home full time, we will work hard to make sure that children have work they can do independently, we will strive to make this as easy as possible for parents and guardians, and we will give you as much support as possible.

Q: Will guides and staff be able to take time off if they get COVID-19?
A: Yes, guides and staff will be able to take time off (aside from their regular sick days/ PTO) if they get COVID-19. There are new laws that allow for employees to take extended sick leave, and City Garden is working with our staff to develop new policies and procedures to accommodate guides and staff to the greatest extent possible during this time. We are also working to develop our substitute teacher plans, in the case that lead or assistant guides need to take extended time off.

Q: Can you share more specifics about your plans for cleaning and disinfecting, as well as your plans for what happens when someone in the building is exposed to COVID-19?
A: Yes, we are developing detailed schedules and protocols for cleaning and disinfecting, and will share our comprehensive plans with you soon. We are also developing a detailed decision and action tree regarding what to do when someone in the building is exposed to COVID-19, and we will share this information with you as well.

Q: Can I have more details about the Primary program?
A: Yes, we working out many logistics and details, and will send more details to our Primary families next week.

Please click below for previous updates and other resources from City Garden regarding COVID-19.

School Closure Announcement– as of March 19, 2020
Services & Resources Announcement – as March of 19, 2020
Family & Community Resources – as of March 24, 2020
SLU Public Health Professor talks COVID-19 with Junior High Students – as of March 25, 2020
Physical & Creative Activities from Ms. Danielle Combs – as of April 2, 2020
Community Resources and Social-Emotional Learning
1. Family and Community Resources
2. Supporting Children and Discussing COVID-19
Distance Learning Program
Joy Parade – as of April 14, 2020 
Family Assistance Fund – as of April 21, 2020
Community Update – as of April 20, 2020
Family Update – April 20, 2020