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District reviews elementary school dismissal protocol

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After an LES student fails to get on their assigned bus and attempts to walk home, district reviews procedures of student dismissal.

NOTE: THIS RELEASE HAS BEEN REVISED.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 17...On Tuesday, January 14, a Liberty Elementary School student left the campus on foot rather than getting on their assigned school bus in an attempt to walk home from school. The child was found unharmed.

Once it was determined that the child had not boarded the bus by the child’s classroom teacher, school personnel immediately checked all other buses. When the child was not located, staff immediately alerted the principal, police, parents of the child and school administration. The child was discovered off school grounds. **

“We are grateful for the immediate response of our staff and for the quick actions of the Liberty Police during this situation,” said Superintendent Dr. William Silver. “The dismissal protocol put in place this year by building administrators helped to quickly determine that the child was missing. However, after this incident, we realize that we will need to tighten up this procedure even further.”

Moving forward, the Liberty Elementary School administrators in collaboration with the district safety committee and the Village of Liberty Police Department will review the events of this incident and make any necessary changes. “We want to assure you that supporting the safety, success and emotional welfare of our students remains the district’s top priority,” said Dr. Silver.

“While we commend our staff for acting quickly and appropriately during this situation, we are also disappointed with recent remarks made by a staff member on a social media website,” said Silver, acknowledging responses made to a recent Facebook post. “As a personnel issue, the district is not at liberty to discuss this situation publicly, however please know that the views expressed by the staff member do not reflect those of the district.”

Please contact District Superintendent Dr. William Silver at 845-292-6990 with any questions or concerns.

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