UPDATE – September 17, 2020

Here are our comprehensive guidelines regarding Covid-19.


UPDATE – July 31st, 2020

Lift for Life Academy families can choose from two learning pathway options for the 2020/2021 school year.

  • Option 1: students will attend school in tier 1, 2 or 3 based on COVID-factors.

    • Currently, Middle School and High School is in tier 3, and students will be doing teacher-led remote learning until further notice (see detailed information below).  If students opt into this option, when the school deems it safe to move to tier 2 or tier 1, students will return to campus for learning.

    • Currently, Elementary School is in tier 2, and students will be doing blended learning until further notice).


  • Option 2: students will learn via a 100% online pathway.

    • For middle school and high school, this program is 100% student and parent driven and will run through a state-approved virtual learning platform for middle school and high school

    • For elementary school, this program is primarily student and parent driven with support from a virtual teacher

    • Students who choose this option must remain on this at-home online program for at least one full semester, even if the Academy moves to tier 2 or tier 1.

For more detailed information regarding the learning pathway options, please click here.

Contact your respective principal with your decision.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we maneuver through this challenging time!




After collaborating with the St. Louis Department of Public Health, the Missouri Charter School Association and St, Louis Public School District, LFLA will begin the school year  with virtual learning (Tier 3). Please click on this link to review our three-tier Learning  Pathway Options for a more detailed overview of each tier.  Through the course of the school year,  a different  approach may be utilized based on the health of the community.

  • The first day for all students will take place Tuesday, August 18, 2020.
  • Lift For Life Academy will operate in Tier 3 with 100% Distance Learning at home until further notice.
  • All teaching staff will be required to be in person at Lift For Life Academy M-F for teaching and professional development.
  • During the week of August 10th, students will report to school to receive their chromebooks and classroom expectations in order to ensure a strong start.
  • Lift For Life will incorporate an on campus space for some students to complete their virtual lessons with support staff.
  • Some Lift For Life students will still opt into 100% online learning that is completely separate from our teaching staff.
  • Distance Learning will not emulate the learning that took place in quarter 4 which was a critical response to the pandemic.
  • The staff will work collectively to ensure the best educational experience for students as possible.
  • We as an academy will launch our school wide Project-Based Learning (PBL) for the 20-21 school year (more info forthcoming).
    Student attendance will be tracked daily.

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), it is our priority to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education.  Our Department of Special Education has worked in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to continue providing educational services for all students during the current Covid-19 school closures.  If any questions arise regarding Special Education services for your student, please contact your child’s special education teacher. Students with Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) will continue to receive instructional and support services through the following mediums: technology-based virtual learning environment and traditional paper-based learning packets.  For the students who will be receiving paper-based learning packets, the teachers will work with them via zoom, email, and/or by phone to monitor and assess assignments completed by the student.

If you are unable to successfully address a concern with your child’s special education teacher or have a question or complaint regarding the services being provided, please contact Ms. Kristen Dancy, Coordinator for Special Education, at 314-231-2337, Ext. 243.

FOOD BOX Distribution
this Saturday, June 13th, 10 am till food runs out. Location is LFLA Elementary School, 1920 South 7th Street. Sponsored by St. Louis Area Foodbank.

If you would like to restart your Meals on Wheels delivery,  please click on tinyurl.com/hawksdelivery19   Meals will begin on Tuesday, May 5th.


St. Louis County Library and Operation Food Search will provide drive-thru food pick-up for children from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at nine SLCL branches. Participating branches will provide two shelf-stable breakfasts and two lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while supplies last. Meals will be available free of charge for children ages 18 and under. Boxes of fresh produce will also be available. Meals will be distributed in the branch parking lots.

Drive-thru Food Pick-up for kids will be available at the following branches from 10:00-12:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

Bridgeton Trails Branch, 3455 McKelvey Rd. Bridgeton, MO 63044-2500

Cliff Cave Branch, 5430 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis, MO 63129-3556–starting June 1, 2020

Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd., S. Florissant, MO 63031-6796

Indian Trails Branch, 8400 Delport Dr. St. Louis, MO 63114-5904

Jamestown Bluffs Branch, 4153 N. Highway 67 Florissant, MO 63034-2825

Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63136-5322

Natural Bridge Branch, 7606 Natural Bridge Rd. St. Louis, MO 63121-4905

Prairie Commons Branch, 915 Utz Ln. Hazelwood, MO 63042-2739

Rock Road Branch, 10267 St. Charles Rock Rd. St. Ann, MO 63074-1812

Weber Road Branch, 4444 Weber Rd. St. Louis, MO 63123-6744

St. Louis Public Schools local grab and go meals at your neighborhood St. Louis Public school.

NEW RESOURCE  DiverseCity church (southside – 3216 Pulaski) in partnership with STL Boys & Girls Club
Students may come M-F 8am-12noon to receive grab & go meals. Students w/in 3 miles can request delivery by
sending name, contact #, address, and # of children under 18 years in household:
TEXT: 314-582-3355
FACEBOOK MESSENGER: DiverseCityChurch STL – send message
EMAIL: office@diversecity.church

United Way  – call 211 for resources by zip code

Notify Social Work/Counselors of EMERGENCY need,   Jeanne Kriss, jkriss@liftforlifeacademy.org or Kim Knoch, kknoch@liftforlifeacademy.org


Symptoms and Warnings:

Signs of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, going to the bathroom and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue,

When your child is sick:

When school re-opens, please do not send your child to school if they are ill. Keep them home until the fever is below 100 °F and symptom-free for 24 hours without medication. Our staff is prepared to support students and families who may be absent because of illness.

It is so important that we stay diligent in our efforts to keep everyone healthy.  Thank you for your continued support.