Hungry? Get your lunch to go!

High school students and staff can now order and pick-up lunch at their convenience. Freshly prepared sandwiches and salads can be ordered from the cafeteria by using an electronic order form.

Orders are accepted until 9:45 a.m. daily. Flyers with QR codes line the walls of the high school, or you can click here to access the electronic order form.

This would also be a great idea for athletes who would like a meal after a game or long practice!

*Electronic Google form only accessible to district Google account users.

State requires two doses of meningitis vaccination before grade 12

Last year, New York state began requiring students entering grades 7 and 12 to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. For the 2017-18 school year, students entering eighth grade who did not receive their first dose on or before the start of seventh grade must also meet the requirement.

Does your child need to be vaccinated before the start of the 2017-18 school year to meet this requirement?

The answer depends on more than just your child’s age and grade level. When, or if, a child has previously been vaccinated for meningococcal disease will determine when shots will be necessary under the state’s requirements that went into effect Sept. 1, 2016:

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine before seventh grade. If a student had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until grade 12.
  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine before eighth grade. If a student had the first dose as a seventh grader, then another dose is not required until grade 12.
  • A total of two doses are required before grade 12. Most students entering grade 12 received their first dose when they were younger and will be due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
  • The only teens who will not need a second dose before grade 12 are those who received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

Parents are encouraged to check with their children’s physicians prior to the start of the new school year to determine when or if they need to be vaccinated.

In October 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved a law that requires immunizations against meningococcal disease for children at ages 11 or 12 and again at 16 years of age or older, as recommended by the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Students not up-to-date may not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated.

Each school year, more grade levels will be affected by the requirement. As students who enrolled in grade 7 during the 2016-17 school year move up a grade level, students enrolling in those higher grades, or grade equivalent, who did not receive the vaccine in grade 7 must still meet the two dose meningococcal vaccine requirement.

So that means for the 2017-18 school year, any entering eighth-graders who didn’t receive the vaccine must do so in order to attend school.

Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis (inflammation of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infections such as septicemia. Symptoms of the disease include a high fever, headache, vomiting, a stiff neck and a rash. The meningococcus bacterium is treatable with antibiotics, but each year it causes approximately 2,500 infections and 300 deaths in the United States. Those who contract the disease may experience permanent brain damage, hearing loss, kidney failure, loss of arms or legs, or chronic nervous system problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the highest rates of meningococcal disease to be among preteens, teens, and young adults, as well as among infants with certain medical conditions. The law targets many in this age group and aligns with the CDC’s recommendation to vaccinate 11- to 18-year-olds against meningococcal disease.

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Free breakfast procedures at LCSD

Breakfast as a part of the morning school day is a great way to reach students who do not have the opportunity to eat before school. Every morning*, free breakfast will be served in the classrooms of Liberty Elementary and Middle School and in the cafeteria of Liberty High School.

Food
Nutritious meals are planned in a one-month cycle. They include a hot or cold entrée, juice or fruit, and milk. Menu modifications are available for children with a documented medical condition. Requests for special diets should be initiated with the school nurse. Documentation from a licensed physician may be required. Students are not forced to participate; they do not have to take a meal.

Breakfast in the classroom at Liberty Elementary and Middle School
Breakfast is packed in an insulated rolling bag and are delivered from the cafeteria area by food service staff and taken into each classroom. Placemats are put on each student’s desk. Each food item, along with plastic silverware and hand wipes are placed on each desk. All students are given the opportunity to enjoy breakfast quietly at their desks while the teacher conducts attendance and morning announcements are announced. Dry disposable towels will be available for any spills and moist towels will be available to clean desks. Trash and food bags are removed and collected by food service staff when breakfast is over (10-15 minutes). Meals will not be available after first period.

Breakfast in the cafeteria at Liberty High School
Breakfast is packed in individual food kits and are available for student pick-up. Each food kit, along with plastic silverware and hand wipes are placed on each desk. All students will be given the opportunity to enjoy breakfast quietly inside the cafeteria before the morning bell rings. Students will be asked to dispose any remaining food or trash before heading to first period.

*Breakfast will not be served when there is a delayed opening.

We’ve gone google!

Liberty Central School District now has a Google Calendar available on its website. Our Google Calendar provide an easy way for parents, students and community members to follow event information and updates.

As district events are updated, these changes are automatically seen by anyone who checks or subscribes to any of the districts calendars.

The district’s Google Calendars are available for viewing on its website (www.libertyk12.org.) In addition, anyone with a Gmail account can easily subscribe to our calendar using his/her own Google account by clicking on the “+Google Calendar” button at the bottom of the calendar.

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Board member resigns due to out-of-state move

Liberty Central School District board member Daniel Parkhurst announced on Thursday that he is resigning effective immediately; leaving his post after eleven years of service due to an imminent move from the district.

Parkhurst, who served as Board President from 2011-2014, wrote in a resignation letter that he and his wife are moving to Knoxville, TN, so that they may spend time with their granddaughter.

“[This move] will enable us to be a part of her life as she grows,” Mr. Parkhurst wrote. “I wish to thank the Liberty Central School District and its faculty and staff, the community and my fellow board members for the opportunity to serve the district. It has been an honor to be affiliated Liberty.”

As a parent, Liberty resident and serviceman to our country, Mr. Parkhurst offered a unique perspective and was a tireless advocate for the school community. The district and board of education would like to extend its thanks to Mr. Parkhurst for making a positive difference in the educational lives of its students.

Mr. Parkhurst’s resignation creates a vacancy on the board that’s required by law to be filled within 90 days. The board has two options:
1. Vote to call a special election to be held within 90 days*; or
2. Appoint a candidate of the board’s choice**.

*In this event, the replacement would serve until June 30, 2018.
**In this event, the replacement would serve until May 15, 2018.

 

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Free meals for kids starts June 26

To ensure no child is left hungry over the summer, the Liberty Central School District will serve nutritious summer meals to at no cost from June 26 of this year through August 11. Participating sites (listed below) will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program.

This is the fourth year that Liberty has offered the program. Last summer, the district served over 7,000 free meals.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program, and students do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Central Schools.

Liberty Elementary School – 201 Main Street
Beginning June 26, lunch will be served to any child, accompanied by an adult Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Liberty Elementary School cafeteria.

Francis A. Hanofee Park – 136 Sunset Lake Road
Beginning June 26, the district will provide breakfast and lunch each week day to participants of the Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Day Camp participants at Hanofee Park from 8:45 – 9:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Liberty Middle/High School – 125 Buckley Street
Beginning July 3, the district will also provide breakfast and lunch each week day to students taking part in the full day Grade K-6 and Grade 7-12 Summer School Programs at the Liberty Middle School from 7:30 – 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

For additional information, please contact the district’s business office at (845) 292-6171.

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Check out our new digs!

A newly redesigned website has launched for the Liberty Central School District, after 14 months of planning, design, production, and content migration. While the new site retains the vast amount of information that was available on the old site, key new features include a cleaner, more attractive design, with enhanced search and navigation features. Another new feature is a searchable staff directory that allows users to search for faculty and staff by first name, last name, school, email, or phone number. The directory can be found under “contact us” on the homepage.

All district news will be posted on the homepage, and automatically archived by month and school. Visitors will notice most information is categorized by six major topics: About Us, Academics, Athletics, Board of Education, Departments & Services and News. Clicking each of these tabs will bring visitors to a new page with several sub-heads of information relevant to the main title.

All school pages have a consistent design and organization. This will help visitors know where to look to find particular information and to keep visitors connected to the overall district site as they navigate between school and district pages. Announcements pertaining to specific buildings will continue to be posted on individual school homepages.

The new design also incorporates a responsive layout that adapts to different screen viewers (smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), as well as multiple web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari). As a result, there should be minimum need for resizing, panning or scrolling.

The district welcomes any feedback from the community about its new website. Email the Liberty Communications Specialist, Alyssa Pagano, with any questions, comments or suggestions.

The new website was produced in partnership with the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service.

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