General eLearning FAQs

For the purpose of what we will be discussing, these terms are interchangeable.
Our current plan is for all of the Fall semester (Quarters 1 and 2) until Winter Break.
Each grade level will have a schedule determined by grade-level teachers. This schedule will be shared with you in your grade-level parent meetings at the beginning of the year.
Early childhood students should spend two to three hours a day working on eLearning. For Upper School students the expectation is three to five hours per day depending on the grade level. This total includes both asynchronous (offline/independent) and synchronous (live) work.
Yes, for students engaging in virtual learning at home, teachers will provide schedules for each grade level at their grade level parent meetings prior to school starting. Students engaging in eLearning on campus will also have a daily schedule they follow which will include times for meals, breaks, snack, recess and other activities.
  • Establish a daily routine for your school day
  • Find a distraction-free place in your home where you can work
  • Check your learning platform for each class every day
  • Complete the work outlined by your teachers and seek clarification for any assignments daily
  • Read directions multiple times to avoid missing important details
  • Schedule breaks and time for exercise or other off-screen activities
  • Establish a way to monitor assignments (to-do lists, planner)
  • If your internet is an issue let your advisor know
  • Your teachers will establish learning structures for your classes and expectations for when assignments will be posted and completed
We know that this is a trying time and a time in which you are being asked to do something no other parents have been asked to do, to work and help in the education of your child. We are here to help. Stay in contact with the school to share your experience. Let us know what you need to support you. The expectations teachers have for you at home will vary by the age of your child and will be communicated in our back to school grade level parent meetings.
One option is for you to send your child to City Academy for their virtual learning. If you are not comfortable with that and they are at home - set up a place for them to work, help your child follow the schedule, communicate with your child’s teacher about your particular circumstance and how we can support you.
This will vary age to age. Your child's teachers will communicate this information in grade level back to school meetings prior to the start of the year.
The social-emotional lives of our children is extremely important and highly valued at City Academy. This does not change even though instruction will be delivered remotely. Students will continue to take part in Morning Meeting and their day will be guided by other responsive classroom principles and approaches. Our mental health professionals will continue to work with students as they did in the Spring. We will make sure that our instruction allows time for kids to connect with each other and their teacher, that they have time to move, and honor where they are developmentally.

Last Spring, we were all thrust into virtual learning. Our teachers did an amazing job of creatively adapting their curriculum on such short notice, but we know that it wasn’t always easy for students and parents. This summer, our administrators and faculty have been busy exploring successful virtual learning models from across the world and asking how we can enhance online learning, if needed. That is now reality, and we are confident that this Fall will provide a positive and enriching experience for our students. Here are some adjustments we have made:

  • We have purchased additional devices and will be able to be 1:1 throughout the school
  • Teachers have been working tirelessly throughout the summer to gain new skills, sharpen technique, and plan robust experiences for the students virtually
  • City Academy has partnered with organizations to provide professional development for faculty and staff to hone our virtual teaching skills
  • We have updated our handbook, which you will receive prior to the start of school, to provide you with clear expectations for virtual learning
  • We have increased our staffing to allow us to be flexible and prepare for multiple scenarios
  • As we did in the Spring, students will continue to receive support and intervention services from our specialists
  • Students will take part in an on campus, in person, “virtual learning boot camp” to learn how to use their devices, get accustomed to their schedule, and begin to build relationships with their teachers and classmates. More details about this will come as each grade-level’s “boot camp” will look slightly different
  • Each month, there will be a materials pick up to provide students with hands on materials to enhance their virtual learning
  • We are pleased to announce that we have purchased devices for every student and will be able to be 1 to 1 throughout the school.
  • Teachers have been working tirelessly throughout the summer to gain new skills, sharpen technique, and plan robust experiences for the students virtually
  • City Academy has partnered with organizations to provide professional development for faculty and staff to hone our virtual learning skills
  • We have updated our handbook to provide you with clear expectations for virtual learning
  • We have increased our staffing to allow us to be flexible and prepare for multiple scenarios
  • As we did in the Spring, students will continue to receive support and intervention services from our specialists
  • Students will take part in an on campus, in person, “virtual learning boot camp” to learn how to use their devices, get accustomed to their schedule, and begin to build relationships with their teachers and classmates. More details about this will come as each grade level’s “boot camp” will look slightly different
  • Each month, there will be a materials pick up to provide students with hands on materials to enhance their virtual learning

Technology & Materials FAQs

Yes. Each City Academy child will be provided with a device for eLearning. Early Childhood Center students will be using iPads. Upper School students will use Chromebooks.
We may use Wi-Fi hotspots to provide connectivity to students who don’t have reliable internet access. The parents of students in need of reliable internet access can contact mhuff@cityacademyschool.org or ndoughty@cityacademyschool.org to submit a request. Requests will be filled as quickly as possible based on the availability of resources.
If you are having difficulties with technology please contact mhuff@cityacademyschool.org for support.
We hope book checkout will be up and running the first week of September. Upper school students will be able to request books for the City Academy library online via Destiny Discover. The books will be delivered to their learning pods or the front desk for pick-up. We also hope to have early childhood families sign-up for a collection of books to be received on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. In addition to City Academy library books, we encourage all families to register their student or students for an ecard with the Saint Louis Public Library. City Academy will use the SORA app which provides easy access to the SLPL ebook collection for those registered. Please visit: https://www.slpl.org/ecard-registration/. If parents run into any errors, please contact the SLPL customer service. They will respond in a timely manner.
There will be monthly materials pick up and materials will be sent home to start the year. You do not need to purchase any supplies for your child.

Support FAQs

Students

If a child receives services at City Academy it is our goal that services will continue regardless of the learning structure in place. If your child is learning virtually from home, these services will be conducted through one on one or small group video chats. If your child is completing their eLearning at City Academy they may have their support services in person if possible.
Like when school is in person, attendance is expected for each child. If for any reason your child will miss a meeting or class please let your child’s teacher know. Frequent absences may result in probation.

Parents

Yes. City Academy understands that the lives of our families don’t stop during a pandemic, therefore the school will remain open for students to attend and complete their virtual learning. The school hours will be as they typically are with the building open from 7:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. and the school day from 7:55 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. Before school hours and Extended Day will continue to be provided along with breakfast, lunch and a snack.
Based on enrollment, the school will create a schedule for each cohort to allow time for PE, recess, snack and other activities. The school will follow the procedures outlined in the Reopening Plan to keep students as safe as possible.
Yes, whether your child is on campus for eLearning or off campus, you will have the option to pick up meals for you and your family. We will send out a form to sign up before school starts.
Yes, we are here to support you. Reach out to your child’s teacher or an administrator, and we will figure this out together.
Whether your child is participating in virtual learning at City Academy or at home, your tuition amount will not change.

Health & Safety FAQs

Daily screening is a requirement for attending school. Parents and employees will fill out daily health checks and monitor their temperatures prior to anyone entering the building.
If a student or employee has a COVID-19 infection, School officials will support the Department of Health’s efforts for contact tracing and enforcing quarantining of those infected and their contacts. Provisions are already in place to support the continuity of learning from home during quarantine periods and for students choosing to remain at home.
Due to legal reasons, the School is unable to provide this information. Families will be notified immediately if their student had close contact with anyone who is diagnosed with COVID-19. As always, we follow the guidance of the St. Louis County Department of Health in making decisions to close classrooms or divisions, or to quarantine specific groups of students, faculty, or staff.
No. All children and staff in the same classroom or who have come in close contact (defined as greater than 15 minutes of interaction less than six feet away) with a symptomatic individual should quarantine at home for 14 days. Anyone who develops symptoms during that time should contact their health care provider.
Take the child to their doctor to have them evaluated for a potential other cause of fever and to discuss testing.
The School would urge all families to adopt best practices when out in public. This would include the use of face masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing. Families that have traveled to other countries which are under quarantine orders should self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.
In order to mitigate risk, the School is limiting visitors to campus. Only essential visitors are allowed and will be screened before entering any buildings. Parents are not allowed inside school buildings, and all parent pick-up of students will occur outside.
Families play a vital role in maintaining safety on campus. The number one safety measure is to keep a child home if they are sick. We also encourage all families to get an annual flu shot, if possible. We understand that there are families with higher risk members in their households. As a community that prioritizes health and safety, we must all do our part to adhere to state and local health recommendations and regulations to control transmission and potential future outbreaks. Moreover, there may be times when we ask families to comply with broader safety measures and we greatly appreciate your cooperation in this regard. Families can also answer the following questions prior to attending school:
-Have you or any household contacts tested positive for COVID-19?
-Have you or any household contacts tested positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting results?
-Have you or your child been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
-Do you or your child have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, chills, headache, or muscle aches?
-Have you or your child traveled within or outside the U.S. by air?