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Schools for Children in St. Louis City and the County Will Begin in August

Schools for children in St. Louis City and County will begin in August.  Different school districts have different plans for instruction in the new school year.

St. Louis City Public School district is giving 3 enrollment options for students.

The 3 options are:

(1) in-classroom instruction at a St. Louis Public School building or
(2) online video instruction taught by a St. Louis Public School teacher using Microsoft Teams/Zoom or
(3) independent, self-directed virtual instruction from an online instruction service called Edmentum.

Families who want their children to do online instruction from home instead of in school must select #2 or #3 on an online SLPS “2020 -2021 School Year Commitment Form by July 30th.  Students who choose #3 option must continue with option #3 for the entire school year.

However, students who choose option #1 or #2 can change to a different option after each quarter.

If families do not complete the form, their children will be assigned to in-classroom instruction at a St. Louis Public school (Option #1).

For more information about St. Louis City Public schools, please contact the ESOL office at (314) 664-1066.

For more information about a different school in St. Louis City or County, you must contact your child’s school.

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$5000 Grants to Small Businesses from CARES Act Relief Package (7/17/20)

In the City of St. Louis, small businesses severely impacted by COVID-19 will receive $5000 grants from the federal CARES Act relief package. Around 380 eligible small businesses have been approved by the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) to receive the one-time grants out of 1400 applications. These businesses had to have fewer than 25 employees, a current business license, and have a physical presence in the City of St. Louis.

Official Documentation here.

Applications Open for City Residents Needing Rental & Mortgage Assistance (7/15/20)

The new “St. Louis City CARES” program, coordinated by the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Affordable Housing Commission, and various housing organizations and service providers, will distribute up to $3500 per household to qualified applicants. All forms of assistance will be made directly to the landlord or lender.


The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Both tenants and homeowners of the City of St. Louis are eligible
  • The applicant must demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Examples: lost wages due to lay off/furlough, unemployment money not being received timely, doctor’s note demanding quarantine, medical hospitalization record, and other unique circumstances as approved by the Department of Human Services.


To access the application:

  • Online: Click here.
  • Phone: Call 314-657-1650 to ask that an application be mailed or emailed to you.
  • Email: Download the fillable PDF application here. Fill out the application and email the completed copy to

All applicants will have an appointment with an STL CITY CARES provider to discuss personal circumstances and complete additional paperwork.


There are three forms of assistance:

  • Rental Arrears - must be in the months of March-November of 2020. Up to 3 months of rental arrears may be paid per household
  • Rent Payments - must be for the months of July-December of 2020. Up to 3 months of rent payments may be paid per household
  • Mortgage Payments - payments of past/current mortgage payments are allowed when there is no impending foreclosure proceedings or filings. Up to 3 months of mortgage payments may be paid per household.

Official documentation here.

City of St. Louis Residents Can Apply for Utility Assistance (7/10/20)

Over the next 18 months, is offering utility assistance for City residents only. Applications are available here. For seniors over the age of 65 and the physically disabled without computer or Internet access, the seniors only hotline at (314) 241-0001 or (314) 657-1599 during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday provides assistance with the application.

Official documentation here.

Finalized School Re-Entry Guidance for St. Louis Released (7/9/20)

Later this summer and fall, students will be allowed to re-enter schools and restart in-school learning in the City of St. Louis. The official documentation can be found here

It is also available in the following languages:

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Virtual Festival of Nations 2020 (7/24/20)
Festival of Nations goes virtual this year from August 28-30. The new site will launch at in mid-August.
FoN 2020 online will feature a number of its traditionally popular arts and culture elements that have assured the festival's place in the hearts of literally hundreds of thousands of St. Louisans during its more than 20-year history.
This year's festival programming is arranged in four categories designed to heighten a viewer's multicultural senses: Taste, Discover, Learn, and Connect. There will be arts and cooking lessons, performances, and opportunities for viewers to share their family stories of migration and memories of previous festival experiences. Newcomers and long-timers alike have beautiful cultural and arts traditions that the festival will celebrate.
Festival of Nations is also essential to conversations about building a more welcoming, inclusive society for all St. Louisans. "The motto of Meet.Share.Care. is vitally important if we are to explore and build appreciation for our many shared values and behaviors," said Anna Crosslin, Festival Director.
"In this time of heightened awareness of broad racial and economic disparities among sections of society, Festival of Nations is a shining example of how bridges can be built to improve multicultural understanding," added Crosslin.
Festival of Nations is again brought to you by the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL). For more than 100 years, IISTL has been building a more connected and productive society to benefit immigrants, their families, and the wider community.
Please consider making a gift today to support our work.
IISTL Open for Appointments Only (Available 8 Languages - July 9, 2020)

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IISTL Open for Appointments Only (Available 8 Languages - July 9, 2020)
St. Louis City & County require masks to be worn (Available 8 Languages - July 2, 2020)
St. Louis City & County Gradual Re-Opening (Available in 10 Languages - May 15, 2020)
Beware of COVID 19 Scams (Available in 10 Languages - May 8, 2020)
New Symptoms of COVID 19 (Available in 10 Languages - May 1, 2020)
Are you stressed, worried, sad, irritable or other? (Available in 8 Languages - April 27, 2020)
Stay-at-Home Order Extended & SLPS Changed Food Distribution (Available in 7 Language - April 23, 2020)
St. Louis Schools Closed for the remainder of the school year (Available in 7 Languages - April 15, 2020)
Census Information (Available in 8 Languages - April 9, 2020)
Missouri Stay-At-Home Order: Effective until April 24, 2020. Includes face coverings and social distance (Available in 8 Languages - April 7, 2020)
Financial Information: Income Filing due date, student loan payments, unemployment benefits, Family First Coronavirus Response Act, housing protection and IICDC loan payments. (Available in 8 Languages - April 2, 2020)
School closure extended & US Government financial support: for workers who have had their work hours reduced or have been laid-off from work (Available in 8 Languages - March 26, 2020)
St. Louis Stay-At-Home Order: Effective until April 22, 2020. Includes a list of businesses allowed to be open. (Available in 7 Languages - March 25, 2020)
Coronavirus Hotline Announcement: Hotline phone numbers for Coronavirus and how to access interpreters if you have symptoms (Available in 6 Languages - March 21, 2020)
General Coronavirus Announcement: Institute hours and access, general info on Coronavirus about how it spreads and symtoms (Available in 8 Languages - March 20, 2020)