Reopening with Liberty Pride: the LCSD Reopening Plan

Summer has just begun, but the LCSD Reopening Team – made up of administrators, teachers staff members, board of education members, school resource officers, parents and students – has been meeting regularly to prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

The Reopening Team has met several times to discuss the various aspects of reopening Liberty’s schools, including possible scenarios, transportation, and, most importantly, how to best keep staff and students healthy and safe while providing the most complete educational program possible. The result is the Liberty Central School District 2020-21 Reopening Plan: Reopening with Liberty Pride. 

The plan will continue to be updated throughout the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, many unknowns remain; the COVID-19 pandemic is not resolved and many mandated health and safety protocols, including masks, social distancing, and other measures, will very likely still be in place come September.

Board of Education will meet July 28 to discuss Reopening Plan; Community forum to follow

There will be a special meeting (via Zoom) of the Board of Education 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, to review and discuss the district’s 2020-21 Reopening Plan.

A virtual/remote Community Forum will follow at 7 p.m.

To Join the 6 p.m. BOE meeting

To join with Zoom

To join by phone

  • Call 929-436-2866
  • Meeting ID: 966 3522 5345
  • Passcode: 0528201

To Join the 7 p.m. Community Forum

UPDATE: Tonight’s virtual Reopening Community Forum is filled to capacity and we apologize to those who could not attend. The forum is being recorded and will be posted on the this website. Thank you for your patience!

Join the forum via Zoom

Join by phone

  • Call 1-929-436-2866
  • Meeting ID: 911 4629 4841
  • Passcode: 4705506

NYS Pandemic-EBT program helps ensure children don’t miss meals

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a new crisis response nutrition program created to help ease the financial strain that families are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program provides food benefits to approximately 2.1 million children across New York who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures.

Benefits will be loaded on a new or existing EBT card. You can still receive “grab and go” meals during school closures and summer vacation.

Every eligible family, regardless of income or immigration status, will receive $420 in P-EBT food benefits per eligible child. There is no application required. P-EBT does not affect eligibility for other benefits or public charge status. Families will receive benefits between June and early August.

You can learn more about the P-EBT program on the New York State SNAP-COVID-19 Information website.

NYSPHSAA Delays Fall Sports Start Date

Schools in New York State just received word that the beginning of the fall sports season will be delayed until at least September 21. This decision was made by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and all schools must abode by this decision. More changes may occur and you can stay updated through this website or the Facebook page.

Part of the NYSPHSAA announcement read as follows:

The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.  This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force when they convened as a working group for the third time this morning.

“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24thas originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA President. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”

The NYSPHSAA Officers’ decision includes:

• Delay Fall sports start date until Monday, September 21st (NYSPHSAA PAUSE)

• Cancel Fall Regional and State Championship events

• Waive seven-day practice rule

• Maintain current practice requirements

• Encourage geographic scheduling for games & contests

• Schools would have the option, if permitted by state officials, to offer off-season conditioning workouts.

Click the link to find out more about the fall sports delay.

District mourns loss of former Liberty High School student

It is with great sadness that the district has learned that a former Liberty High School student passed away on Monday, July 13, at home. The student attended school in Liberty until February and had many friends in the district.

We join the family in mourning the loss of this young life.

If you or your child need someone to talk to, district counselors, social workers, and administrators are available. Please reach out; they are always there for you:

  • Ms. Sheila Wormuth,Director of Guidance: 292-5400, ext. 2034

Liberty Elementary School

  • Alanna Newman, Social Worker: 845-747-0781
  • Mary Bayer, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2523
  • Jim O’Connor, School Counselor: 292-5400, ext. 3251

Liberty Middle School

  • Michelle Behrman, School Counselor 5/6: : 292-5400, ext. 2310
  • Linda Krokus, School Counselor 7/8: 292-5400, ext. 2110
  • Jill Buday, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2027
  • Lynne Diener, Social Worker: 292-5400, ext. 2307

Liberty High School

  • Kellie While, School Counselor A-F: 292-5400, ext. 2009
  • Meaghan Hazen, School Counselor G-O: 292-5400, ext. 2007
  • Markella Nikolis, School Counselor P-Z: 292-5400, ext. 2010
  • Amy Dworetsky, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2321

24 Hour Mobile Mental Health

  • 845-790-0911
  • 800-710-7083

Children’s Crisis Outreach

  • 845-701-3777
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District explores scenarios for fall reopening of school buildings; community input sought

Summer has just begun, but the LCSD Reopening Team – made up of administrators, teachers staff members, board of education members, school resource officers, parents and students – has been meeting regularly to prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

The Reopening Team has met three times to discuss the various aspects of reopening Liberty’s schools, including possible scenarios, transportation, and, most importantly, how to best keep staff and students healthy and safe while providing the most complete educational program possible. The committee will meet again July 23.

The decision-making process will include ample input from the Liberty community; the district will host a virtual community forum to discuss reopening options (tentatively set for 7 p.m. July 28), and a community survey will be conducted.

Meanwhile, many unknowns remain – the COVID-19 pandemic is not resolved and many mandated health and safety protocols, including masks, social distancing, and other measures, will very likely still be in place come September.

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that a decision about the fall reopening of schools will be announced during the first week of August. State officials are currently consulting with stakeholders on guidance. All state school districts must submit their individual reopening plans to the state by July 31.

Congratulations Class of 2020! Watch the LHS Bethel Woods graduation here.

The end of senior year did not go as planned for the Class of 2020. The pandemic forced the closing of school which meant the class missed their prom and senior class trip.

Their graduation ceremony was initially recorded as a virtual ceremony in the Panebaker Auditorium. When the restrictions for outdoor graduations were relaxed, arrangements were made to hold an in-person ceremony at Bethel Woods. The video below is a recording of that ceremony.

Summer Sports Workouts

This page will provide workouts for different teams throughout the summer months. Currently, New York State has not provided any information concerning how interscholastic sports will be conducted for the fall season. Check this post for more information as it becomes available.


Boys Soccer

-For all boys entering grades 7 through 12 this fall.

-The Boys’ Soccer coaching staff remains hopeful that we will play fall soccer, though it may have a different look than in previous years.  We continue to get updates from the New York State Athletic Association though at this time we continue to be ‘on hold’ for summer conditioning, practices, and play.

-Though we are not permitted to get together to train or use the school facilities in groups yet, we encourage you to train on your own to prepare for fall.

-RUN! – do sprints, quick directional changes, run backwards, run for distance.  Remember during a soccer game you can run miles, so start to get in shape now.

-Do plyometric workouts- wall jumps, quick feet, lunges (forward and back), squat jumps, and inline skating side to side jumps.  Do sit-ups and pushups- use a ball to challenge your pushups.

-Use a soccer ball to dribble with your right and left foot, do fast footwork and direction changes, and run for speed with control.  If you have space, do some shooting.

-Be creative.  Use whatever space and equipment you may have.  If you don’t have a soccer ball, use a playground ball or a small ball!

We will update you with any new information we receive and let you know how we will proceed as restrictions for school sports are lifted.  Please continue to be safe and remain healthy using social distancing and masks.  Be smart!

Coach Simpson- dsimpson@libertyk12.org

Coach Hamlin- shamlin@libertyk12.org

Coach Bowers- ebo_29_85@yahoo.com

Coach Chewens- jchewens@libertyk12.org


 

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