Response to COVID-19

Life & Learning

Community Resources

Throughout the COVID-19 health pandemic, we have worked to connect our community with critical resources. To learn more about said resources, click below.

Family Assistance Fund

Our Family Assistance Fund supports families whose income has been affected by job/income loss. Click below to apply for funds or make a gift to the Family Assistance Fund.

School Announcements

Since the initial closure of our school building, City Garden has released numerous updates. Click below to peruse our various updates.

Community Engagement

City Garden is a high-touch community. Click below to learn how we have engaged with our community, spread joy, and reimagined our traditions during these difficult times.

Latest COVID-19 Update & Resources

Last Updated: Friday, October 2 at 4:45 PM

Fall 2020 Reentry Plan
COVID-19 Health & Operations Guide

Dear City Garden Families,

In late July, we decided to operate under our current school plan through December, 2020. We currently have 26 preschool students in the building, 30 K-6 students in the building, and 176 K-8 students participating virtually.

In November we will evaluate the status of COVID-19 in our community and what our students’, staff members’ and families’ needs and preferences are, and we will make a decision at the end of November regarding how school will look in January through June. Our decision to keep with the same plan through December was based on the following:

• Operating under one instructional model for several months allows both guides and students to adjust to the necessary changes and make improvements along the way, rather than having to change course multiple times (i.e., begin virtually, transition to in-person, face potential closure and return to virtual).

• Having the same plan in place for several months allows families and staff to make plans and not have to wonder when things will change.

• We have many staff members with chronic health conditions and who are immune compromised, and a majority of City Garden staff remain very uncomfortable with resuming in-person classes.

• Though the COVID-19 transmission rates in St. Louis have been improving, the risk of spread remains significant. It does not yet seem safe to bring all students and staff back to the building. I realize that other schools and districts are making different choices and are beginning to bring more students, and that some of you are anxious for us to do the same. Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this very challenging set of circumstances. We realize virtual learning presents many challenges and is less than ideal. We are committed to supporting you and your children through this unusual time.


Thank you for your partnership.

With gratitude,

Christie
CEO/Executive Director

On-Site Operations & Procedures

Dear City Garden Parents and Families,

In preparation for the school year which begins on Monday, August 31st, I wanted to send along some updates to the families whose children will be on-site this fall. 

Morning Arrival

On-site students are asked to arrive between 8:10 and 8:30am. (We have previously allowed students to arrive at 8:00am - please note the time change.). Parents and guardians will be asked to say goodbye to their children at the car or outside the main entrance. Parents and guardians will not be allowed in the building, to minimize spread of germs.

COVID-19 On-Site Procedure Video

In order to ensure the safety and well being of our children and staff, we ask that each child planning to be in the school building this fall watch the following COVID-19 On-Site Procedure Video. The video features City Garden students demonstrating how to maintain social distance, wear a mask, participate in daily temperature checks, and participate in drop-off and pick-up protocol.

Dear City Garden Parents and Families,

In preparation for the school year which begins on Monday, August 31st, I wanted to send along some updates to the families whose children will be on-site this fall. 

Morning Arrival

On-site students are asked to arrive between 8:10 and 8:30am. (We have previously allowed students to arrive at 8:00am - please note the time change.). Parents and guardians will be asked to say goodbye to their children at the car or outside the main entrance. Parents and guardians will not be allowed in the building, to minimize spread of germs.

COVID-19 On-Site Procedure Video

In order to ensure the safety and well being of our children and staff, we ask that each child planning to be in the school building this fall watch the following COVID-19 On-Site Procedure Video. The video features City Garden students demonstrating how to maintain social distance, wear a mask, participate in daily temperature checks, and participate in drop-off and pick-up protocol.

Daily Wellness Checks through Tyler SIS Portal

In order to facilitate Daily Wellness Checks, we ask that all parents record information about their child's wellness before coming to school each day. This process will be facilitated through a mobile app/online portal called Tyler SIS. You should receive an email from Sharmouel Mosley with your username and password soon. 

On the first day of school, you will find a table of staff members on campus. They will be stationed outside to help facilitate this process if you are having any technical challenges. 

On-Site Learning Agreement Form

All families sending their children to school on-site are asked to read and sign an On-Site Learning Agreement Form. You can sign the form electronically at this link. We will also have paper copies available on Monday morning that you can sign as you drop off your child(ren).

We have developed detailed health and safety guidelines, informed by the CDC, the St. Louis Department of Health, and infectious disease experts at St. Louis University. You can review our detailed Health & Operations Guide at this link.

School Supplies & Electronic Devices

Please Note: Any student who will be on-site will have their supplies ready for them on Monday morning. Parents/guardians of on-site children do not need to pick up school supplies or materials since all learning will be in the school building. 

As always, please feel free to reach out if you have questions. Thank you for your patience and partnership!

In partnership,

Crystal Isom
Principal

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
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
Mobile Food Markets
Family Update – April 20, 2020