Talking to Children about COVID-19

The LCSD Guildance Department, along with the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses, share this advice on how to talk to children and young adults about COVID-19:

Children and young adults also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease.

Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving
them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

Be calm and reassuring

  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.
  • Remind them that you and the adults in at school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
  • Let ythem talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

Make yourself available

  • Children may need extra attention and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
  • It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them and make time for them.
  • Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection.

Avoid excessive blaming

  • When tensions are high, sometimes we try to blame someone. Avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
  • Be aware of comments other adults are making around your family. You may have to explain what comments mean if they are different than the values that you have at home.
  • Avoid watching or listening to news broadcasts that might be upsetting when your children are present.
  • Speak to your child about how many Internet stories about COVID-19 may be inaccurate and based on rumors.
  • Constantly watching updates on the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety. Avoid this.
  • Be aware that information designed for adults can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children.

Maintain a routine

  • Keep to a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
  • Encourage your children to keep up with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.

Be honest and accurate

  • Giving children guidance on what they can do to prevent infection gives them a greater sense of
    control over disease spread and will help to reduce their anxiety.
  • In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality. Don’t ignore their concerns.
  • Encourage your child to practice every day good hygiene, such as proper handwashing,  sneeze or cough into the bend of their elbow, and don’t share food or drinks.
  • Encourage your child to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.

Childcare Volunteers Needed for Children of Essential Workers

Volunteers are still needed to staff two childcare centers for the children of essential workers. Several Liberty families have requested this service, which provides free childcare to support the critical work of healthcare workers and first responders as  we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.

County school districts are working in cooperation with the Sullivan County Child Care Council, Sullivan County Government, SUNY Sullivan and Sullivan BOCES to provide this service

There are two childcare locations, SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake and the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. If you can volunteer, please fill out this Volunteers for Childcare Survey

March 31 BOE virtual meeting information

The next Board of Education meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  The Board will enter into an executive session meeting immediately and the regular meeting will resume at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda will be available on Board Docs on Monday, March 30, 2020.

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Information about 3rd quarter at LHS

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope this letter finds you safe and well. The challenges of our current unforeseen and unprecedented COVID-19 situation are many, as are the decisions that have yet to be made. The district and building staff are working diligently to offer the best distance education experience possible during our leave from school.

● Students should continue the educational process through our distance learning platform, Google Classroom.
● Teachers are being flexible and understanding in order to support students towards completing their assignments.
● Teachers and Counselors are available to provide support through a variety of modalities including email, Google Classroom, Google Hangout Meets, as well as others.
● The dates of March 30 and March 31 are days set aside for teaching preparation and teachers will not be available.
● Our Spring Break remains April 6 through April 14. Students should still be completing any work assigned by their teacher.

The information below provides recent decisions and updates. We will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available to us or we are provided with the information to make educated decisions.

Third Quarter Marking Period Changes
● In order to provide the fairest and most equitable representation of our third quarter marking period, we will conclude as of the last student day in the quarter, which was March 12, 2020, instead of the original date of April 3, 2020. Assignments that students were able to complete or given the opportunity to make-up will be counted as part of their grade. Any assignment(s) not meeting this requirement will not be counted against students. An incomplete will be given to any student who under specific circumstances was not able to complete their assignments during the third quarter marking period. A plan for completion would be developed. You should receive the report card during the week of April 6.

Senior Grade Point Average (GPA)
● The Senior Grade Point Averages have traditionally been determined at the conclusion of our third quarter marking period. This will be the case in this instance as well as it is still the most equitable decision possible.

College Courses
● Our dual enrollment Sullivan Community College Courses are proceeding with their required curriculum as specified by the college. Students are still required to complete the coursework in the allotted time in order to receive college credit. All of our teachers are being flexible and understanding in order to support students towards completing their courses.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Teachers, Counselors, Mr. Peters, Ms. Barrow or me. We are here to support our students through their educational journey, regardless of the situations that arise.

Stay safe, and healthy.

All the Best,

Derek Adams
Twitter and Instagram- @LibertyHS_NY


Estimados Padres / Tutores y Estudiantes:

Espero que esta carta te encuentre sanos y salvos. Los desafíos de nuestra actual situación COVID-19 imprevista y sin precedentes son muchos, al igual que las decisiones que aún no se han tomado. El distrito y el personal del edificio están trabajando diligentemente para ofrecer la mejor experiencia de educación a distancia posible durante nuestra salida de la escuela.

● Los estudiantes deben continuar el proceso educativo a través de nuestra plataforma de aprendizaje a distancia, Google Classroom.
● Los maestros son flexibles y comprensivos para ayudar a los estudiantes a completar sus tareas.
● Los maestros y los consejeros están disponibles para brindar apoyo a través de una variedad de modalidades que incluyen correo electrónico, Google Classroom, Google Hangout Meets, entre otros.
● Las fechas del 30 y 31 de Marzo son días reservados para la preparación de la enseñanza y los maestros no estarán disponibles.
● Nuestras vacaciones de primavera permanecen del 6 de Abril al 14 de Abril. Los estudiantes aún deben completar cualquier trabajo asignado por su maestro.

La siguiente información proporciona decisiones recientes y actualizaciones. Continuaremos brindando información adicional a medida que esté disponible para nosotros o se nos proporcionará la información para tomar decisiones informadas.

Cambios en el período de calificación del tercer trimestre
● Para proporcionar la representación más justa y equitativa de nuestro período de calificación del tercer trimestre, concluiremos a partir del último día del estudiante en el trimestre, que fue el 12 de Marzo de 2020, en lugar de la fecha original del 3 de Abril , 2020. Las tareas que los estudiantes pudieron completar o se les dio la oportunidad de recuperar se contarán como parte de su calificación. Cualquier tarea que no cumpla con este requisito no se contará en contra de los estudiantes. Se dará un formulario incompleto a cualquier estudiante que, en circunstancias específicas, no haya podido completar sus tareas durante el período de calificaciones del tercer trimestre. Se desarrollaría un plan para completarlo. Debería recibir la boleta de calificaciones durante la semana del 6 de Abril.

Promedio de Puntaje de Grado Calificaciones – Senior (GPA)
● Los promedios de puntos de grado de Seniors se han determinado tradicionalmente al final de nuestro período de calificaciones del tercer trimestre. Este será el caso en este caso y seguirá siendo la decisión más equitativa posible.

Cursos Universitarios
● Nuestro doble matrícula Sullivan Community College continúan con su plan de estudios requerido según lo especificado por la universidad. Los estudiantes aún deben completar los cursos en el tiempo asignado para recibir crédito universitario. Todos nuestros maestros son flexibles y comprensivos para ayudar a los estudiantes a completar sus cursos.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse con nuestros maestros, consejeros, el Sr. Peters, la Sra. Barrow o conmigo. Estamos aquí para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes a través de su viaje educativo, independientemente de las situaciones que surjan.

Manténgase seguro y saludable.


Derek Adams
Twitter e Instagram- @LibertyHS_NY

Information about 3rd quarter at LMS

Dear Liberty Middle School Families:

We’ve recently spent time discussing and determining how we grade for the third quarter as well as feedback about the distance learning process. For the third quarter marking period the crux of the conversation is that because the distance learning is new, different, more difficult than most believed, and not equitable for all, we want to define there to be a difference between the grades received while we were in school, and then during our leave and/or return to school. Below are the main points for report card grades, and distance learning guidelines. The third quarter will be ending as of 3/12/20 instead of 4/3/20. You should receive your report card
sometime during the week of April 6.

  • Grading
    • All open grades, or assignments that were not completed by 3/12/20 and if students did not have the ability to make-up with their supports (IEP/504), will not be counted against the
    • An incomplete will be given to any student who under specific circumstances was not able to complete their assignments during the third quarter marking period.
    • Teachers have the utmost flexibility in regard to fairness with grading.
  • Distance Learning
    • Flexibility is key- to assignment deadlines, providing support, considering student situations.
    • Remember students may take 2-3 times longer to complete work through distance learning.
    • If we remain closed after the April 15 date, we will continue to brainstorm grading, as well as types of assignments and instruction to provide to students during the fourth quarter.

Please continue to check the district website for continued updates. Please contact your child’s teacher(s), Mrs. Resnick or myself via email if you have any questions or concerns regarding issues so that we can assist you.

​We truly hope everyone is safe and well.


Heather Cheh
April Resnick


Estimadas familias de Liberty Middle School:

Recientemente pasamos tiempo discutiendo y determinando cómo calificamos para el tercer trimestre, así como comentarios sobre el proceso de aprendizaje a distancia. Para el período de calificación del tercer trimestre, el quid de la conversación es que debido a que el aprendizaje a distancia es nuevo, diferente, más difícil de lo que se cree y no es equitativo para todos, queremos definir que habrá una diferencia entre las calificaciones recibidas mientras estábamos en la escuela, y luego durante nuestro permiso y / o regreso a la escuela. A continuación se presentan los puntos principales para las calificaciones de la boleta de calificaciones y las
pautas de aprendizaje a distancia. El tercer trimestre finalizará el 3/12/20 en lugar del 4/3/20. Debería recibir su boleta de calificaciones en algún momento durante la semana del 6 de abril.

  • Calificación
    • Todas las calificaciones abiertas, o tareas que no se completaron antes del 3/12/20 y si los estudiantes no tenían la capacidad de recuperar sus apoyos (IEP / 504), no se contarán en contra de los estudiantes.
    • Se dará un formulario incompleto a cualquier estudiante que, en circunstancias específicas, no haya podido completar sus tareas durante el período de calificaciones del tercer trimestre.
    • Los maestros tienen la máxima flexibilidad en lo que respecta a la imparcialidad con la calificación.
  • La educación a distancia
    • La flexibilidad es clave para los plazos de asignación, brindando apoyo, considerando las situaciones de los estudiantes.
    • Recuerde que los estudiantes pueden tomar 2-3 veces más tiempo para completar el trabajo a través del aprendizaje a distancia.
    • Si permanecemos cerrados después de la fecha del 15 de abril, continuaremos haciendo una lluvia de ideas sobre la calificación, así como los tipos de tareas e instrucciones para proporcionar a los estudiantes durante el cuarto trimestre.

Continúe revisando el sitio web del distrito para actualizaciones continuas. Comuníquese con la maestra (s) de su hijo, la Sra. Resnick o conmigo por correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud con respecto a problemas para que podamos ayudarlo.

Realmente esperamos que todos estén bien y seguros.


Heather Cheh
April Resnick

Liberty BOE meetings go virtual

Due to the recent restrictions on gatherings and advice to socially distance, Liberty Central School District Board of Education meetings will be held remotely via Zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool.  You can join BOE meetings from a phone, computer, mobile device, or tablet. Liberty BOE meetings will be held remotely for as long as needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community can call into the meeting and be addressed to provide public comments during the Public Comment section part of the agenda.  

Please be advised that we cannot guarantee that information that you provide to Zoom is kept confidential nor do we guarantee that the data transmitted is secure. Prior to each meeting, a link and access code will be provided and posted on the district website. Meetings can also be joined by calling a dedicated phone number.


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LHS Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19, Last Contact with School was March 13

The Liberty Central District learned today, March 24, that a member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.

This positive diagnosis of an adult is the district’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. The adult, who is recovering at home, works in the High School and was last on school grounds on March 13. The district has been closed to students since March 12, and all school buildings are being thoroughly sanitized and disinfected.

The Sullivan County Department of Health has been notified. As positive diagnoses of  COVID-19 rise throughout New York State, it is likely that reports of persons testing positive with COVID-19 will continue to emerge in our local communities as well.

“The reality is it’s here, just as it is in many other places,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore. “We must continue to take the advice of health experts and practice social distancing, proper hand-washing, and other preventative measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.”

COVID-19 causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Many people with COVID-19 recover fully at home. Older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications.

Child Care for Essential Workers Offered

By Executive Order, the public school districts of Sullivan County, in collaboration with the Sullivan County Child Care Council, have developed emergency child care plans for essential workers.

Essential workers include first responders, healthcare workers, food manufacturers, supermarket workers, food preparation workers, commercial truck drivers, transit workers, carriers of critical and essential materials, construction workers, manufacturing workers, specialized equipment workers related to health or safety of the public and nonprofit and social service agencies providing support to families, and employees in related fields.

The plan is meant to serve those essential workers for whom child care has become a burden during the response to COVID-19. If you meet the definition of an essential employee and have child care needs, access to free childcare via the CARES Child Care Scholarship from the Office of Children and Family Services is available to those who qualify.

Essential workers that currently have their children in licensed/registered child care or need child care may apply here.

You will be contacted by the Sullivan County Child Care Council, Inc., within one business day. They will follow up on the next steps to gather information about your household and help you identify a participating child care provider or work with your current registered or licensed child care provider.

Grades 3-8 assessments suspended for 2019-20 school year

The New York State Board of Regents and state Education Department announced Friday, March 20, that the elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments for Grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

“It is most important that during the time of closure, schools are able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs, as they have been doing, and not be concerned about state assessments. NYSED has applied for federal waivers for testing, accountability and reporting requirements,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that states may cancel any scheduled standardized tests for this school year.

This suspension applies to the following New York state testing programs:

  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.

The state has not yet issued guidance on end-of-June Regents exams and The College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.

Volunteers sought to provide childcare to children of first responders, health care workers

The State of New York, in an effort to support the critical work of healthcare workers and first responders, has required school districts to establish child care services for them.

Sullivan County school districts are working in cooperation with the Sullivan County government, SUNY Sullivan, Sullivan BOCES and the Sullivan County Child Care Council to implement a countywide plan to serve the child care needs of our health care workers and first responders.

There will be two central locations, SUNY Sullivan and the Catskill Regional Medical Center. These sites will be available for drop in care on a daily basis. It is anticipated that this plan will be fully implemented sometime between March 23 and March 27, 2020.

We  need volunteers to supervise these two sites. Plans are already underway to provide games, movies and other forms of engagement for the child care sites.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan at  and provide your name, the hours and dates that you are available, and your contact information, including email and phone number. You may also call 845-292-5400 ext. 2031.

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