Yes, there will be snow days (If we get a lot of snow)

A lot of things about the 2020-21 school year are different, but at least one thing is going to stay exactly the same: Snow days!

Here at the Liberty Central School District, snow days will still mean the cancellation of classes. So stay in your jammies, play in the snow, drink hot chocolate and take a break from the screen.

While we’ve certainly discovered that it’s possible to deliver instruction to our students at home, storms and severe weather can also mean that many of our families experience power outages and interference with internet connectivity. That’s just one of the reasons we’ve decided to continue with our traditional snow day policy. The other is that even though we all love learning and teaching, snow days are one of the best parts of winter.

In the event of a weather-related school closure, the district will alert our families via our school messaging system (a “robocall”), usually before 6 a.m. The closure will also be posted to the LCSD website at www.LibertyK12.org and will be broadcast by local radio and television stations.

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LMS UPDATE: All-remote learning extended through Friday, Dec. 18

The Liberty Middle School will remain on remote learning through Friday, Dec. 18 as a result of the continued requirement of as many as 10 staff members to remain in quarantine.

The middle school has been closed for in-person instruction since Monday, Dec. 7, when a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The middle school will reopen for students on Monday, Dec. 21, and this week the school was sanitized and deep cleaned.

The district had hoped our middle school students could return to in-person learning tomorrow, but the quarantine requirements as per Department of Health protocols and the inability to  adequately staff the building for the supervision and instruction of students forced the extension of the building’s closure.

Teachers and staff who are not quarantined will continue to report to the Middle School and will deliver remote instruction from their classrooms.

Privacy laws restrict us from identifying anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed.

The Liberty Central School District is the only official source of district news, and notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families via the district’s mass messaging system.

The district will continue to work closely with Sullivan County Public Health Services and will follow its guidance. Please contact your building administrators if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your family physician or to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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UPDATE: Contact tracing finds nine LES classrooms, two staffers, must quarantine

Today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Liberty Central School District received additional guidance from Sullivan County Public Health Services in response to an Elementary School staff member testing positive for COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving recess.

The district has been advised by Public Health Services that contact tracing should begin Nov. 24, the last day the individual who tested positive was on school grounds. As a result of contact tracing, the district found that students from nine classrooms and two additional staff members may have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents and guardians of those students were contacted today by a building principal, administrator, or school nurse. The students were sent home prepared to learn remotely and will quarantine for 14 days, as per Health Department guidelines.

The two staff members who were in contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 have also begun a 14-day quarantine period.

The district believes the quarantined students and staff members will return to school Dec. 9, but that date will ultimately be determined by the Department of Health.

Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to  people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

Privacy laws restrict the district from identifying anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed.

Please contact your building administrators if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your family physician or to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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LES staff member tests positive for COVID-19 over Thanksgiving recess | No interruption in instruction

The district learned this evening, Nov. 30, that a Liberty Elementary School staff member tested positive for COVID-19 over the recent Thanksgiving recess. The staff member has not been on school grounds since Nov. 24.

Instruction has not been interrupted and Liberty Elementary School will open as scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The district is working closely with Sullivan County Public Health Services and will follow its guidance regarding what, if any, additional steps need to be taken. We will continue to keep the community informed if the situation changes. Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

Parents and guardians of students who may have been in close contact at school with an individual who has tested positive are contacted by a building principal, administrator, or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

Privacy laws restrict us from identifying anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed.

Please contact your building administrators if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your family physician or to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Substitute teacher, last in LES on Nov. 17, tests positive for COVID-19

The district has learned that a substitute teacher has tested positive for COVID-19.

The substitute was last in Liberty Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Contact tracing has been completed and 10 individuals were found to have been in direct contact with the substitute teacher. Those individuals have been advised to quarantine as per Sullivan County Public Health guidelines.

The substitute was also working in the elementary school on Monday, Nov. 16, but health officials deemed that the substitute was not considered contagious that day.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus.

Staff members and parents and guardians of students who may have been in close contact at school with a person who has tested positive are individually notified by a building principal, administrator or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Three members of LCSD school community test positive for COVID-19 | Liberty High School goes all remote, reopens Dec. 2

On  Thursday, Nov. 19, the Liberty Central School District was notified that three members of the LCSD community have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the closure of the High School for in-person instruction through Tuesday, Dec. 1.  All classes will be held remotely.

The high school will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 20 and all classes will be taught remotely. The high school will reopen to students for in-person instruction Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The elementary school and the middle school remain open for in-person instruction and students should attend classes as scheduled.

The three individuals who tested positive were last on Liberty campuses Nov. 17. Two of the individuals were in the high school; one individual was in the elementary school.

Contact tracing by Sullivan County Public Health determined that a substantial number of Liberty High School staff members will need to quarantine, making it impossible to adequately staff the building for in-person instruction.

Quarantine requirements at the elementary school affect a single classroom and students who may have ridden the bus with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.  The affected classroom has been closed and students in the class will receive remote instruction through Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Parents and guardians of students who may have been in close contact at school or on a school bus with an individual who has tested positive will be individually notified by a building principal, administrator, or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus.

Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about how to be tested for COVID-19, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Updated student expectations for virtual learning begin Nov. 5

Our students and teachers are becoming experts at virtual learning, and we’re proud of how everyone has adapted and adjusted to this new way of attending classes.

To make the learning experience even better, we’ve updated the Student Expectations for Virtual Learning. These new protocols go into effect Thursday, Nov. 5.

Student Expectations for Virtual Learning

  • Students are expected to show their video and be visible for every class unless otherwise indicated by their teacher. Find directions for How to Blur Your Background here
  • Students cannot enter a class’ virtual session until the scheduled time and must exit once the period is over (or as soon as the teacher ends the session).
  • Students should not attend a virtual session in a private location (i.e. bedroom).
  • Sessions may not be recorded.
  • Class sessions are for students, not family and friends.
  • Students are to stay on mute until the teacher directs them to unmute.
  • Students are to be prepared as if they are physically present.
  • Students are to stay engaged, be an active listener, and contribute.
  • Students are to be respectful in all chats and other types of digital correspondence.
  • Chat should be used for school based language/conversation only.
  • Students are to be respectful during class. Listen to the teacher and your classmates.
  • Students are to use the virtual class sessions to learn new materials, revisit assignments and ask for help.
  • If a student witnesses a classmate not meeting an expectation, they are to notify the teacher immediately.
  • Students are to follow the Code of Conduct as if they are in school.
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Middle School Student, not on campus since Oct. 13, tested positive for COVID-19

The district has just learned that in mid-October a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19. A family spokesperson recently provided the district with this information.

The student, who attends school on a hybrid schedule, exhibited cold-like symptoms while at school on Oct. 13 and was sent home.

Subsequently, a test for COVID-19 was administered by a health care provider and the student tested positive for the coronavirus. Those results were not shared with the district.

The student has not returned to school and will continue to attend classes remotely until the student is given clearance to return to school by the Department of Health.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus.

Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services reach out to individuals who may be at risk for contracting the coronavirus via interaction with someone who has tested positive and advise them of what steps to take.

Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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LHS student, attending classes remotely, tests positive for COVID-19 | Instruction at High School continues without interruption

The district learned Thursday, Oct. 22, that a Liberty High School student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student attends school from home on a fully remote schedule and has not attended in-person classes this school year. The student participated in an outdoor activity on the High School campus on Oct. 15 where masks were worn and social distancing was observed, and health officials say the student was not contagious for the virus at that time.

The High School remains open and Sullivan County Public Health Services (SCPHS) has not called for the quarantine or testing of any Liberty students or staff members as a result of this student’s positive test results. Contact tracers from SCPHS reach out to individuals who may be at risk for contracting the coronavirus via interaction with someone who has tested positive, and advise them of what steps to take.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus via our mass messaging system and the district’s website. Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Middle School student, not on campus this school year, tests positive for COVID 19

The Liberty Central School District Office learned on Monday, Oct. 19, that a Middle School student has tested positive for the coronavirus. The student has not attended in-person classes this school year.

Sullivan County Public Health Services (SCPHS) has not called for the quarantine or testing of any Liberty students or staff members as a result of this student’s positive test results. Contact tracers from SCPHS reach out to individuals who may be at risk for contracting the coronavirus via interaction with someone who has tested positive, and advise them of what steps to take.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed. Health notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

If you would like more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your family’s doctor or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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