There’s still time to get Chromebook, iPad insurance | Deadline is Saturday, Oct. 31

Liberty Middle School and Liberty High School students received Chromebooks and some Elementary students received iPads for use during the 2020-21 school year.

Students are responsible for the loss or damage to these items, but insurance –  at a cost of $29 per year for Chromebooks and $14 per year for iPads – is available and strongly encouraged.

Damage from drops and spills, cracked screens,  liquid submersion, fire, flood, natural disaster, power surges, theft and vandalism are among the events protected by the insurance.

To purchase insurance or to opt out, please visit the Worth Ave. Group.

The deadline is Oct. 31, 2020.

We’ve gone mobile! Download the free LCSD mobile app today!

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The free LCSD mobile app is available at the App Store and the Google Play Store

The brand new Liberty Central School District mobile app has launched and it’s free!

The new app provides one more way to to receive news and information about Liberty’s programs, students, and events, and enables the district’s website to run more efficiently on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

With the app, users can quickly and easily navigate through current news and events, retrieve contact information from the staff directory, check athletic schedules and more. The app also provides a gateway to School Tool, Parent Portal, School Messenger and the district’s Facebook page.

The district considered the needs of parents, students, teachers, staff, community members and alumni as the app was designed.

The app is customizable so users can choose to access information specific to Liberty Elementary, Middle or High School and can set it to only receive the alerts and notifications they request.

The free app will work with Apple and Android phones and is available through the App Store and Google Play. Search “Liberty Central” to find it.

Download the free LCSD Mobile App

Attn. Athletes: Physicals due by Nov. 30 start of winter sports

All athletes must have an up-to-date physical before participating in the anticipated winter sports season, which is scheduled to start on Nov. 30.

At Liberty, we urge you to schedule an appointment with your family doctor. If you need assistance with obtaining a physical, please contact your school building’s nurse before Nov. 2.

If you were able to get a physical examination within the last year, please send the proper documentation to your building nurse.

At the High School

Mrs. Shortall
845-292-5400 ext. 2016

At the Middle School

Ms. Kavleski
845-292-5400 ext. 2316

Tips for a fun and safe Halloween from the NYS Department of Health

This year, the best way to celebrate Halloween is to have fun with the people who live in your household. Decorating your house or apartment, carving pumpkins, playing Halloween-themed  games, watching spooky movies and trick-or-treating through your house or in a backyard scavenger  hunt are all fun and healthy ways to celebrate during this time.

The New York State Department of Health suggests these creative ways to celebrate more safely:

  • Organize a virtual Halloween costume party with costumes and games.
  • Have a neighborhood car parade or vehicle caravan where families show off their costumes  while staying socially distanced and remaining in their cars.
  • In cities or apartment buildings, communities can come together to trick-or-treat around the  block or other outdoor spaces so kids and families aren’t tempted to trick-or-treat inside – building residents and businesses can contribute treats that are individually wrapped and placed on tables outside of the front door of the building, or in the other outdoor space for grab and go trick-or-treating.
  • Consider non-candy Halloween treats that your trick or-treaters will love, such as spooky or glittery stickers, magnets, temporary tattoos, pencils, bookmarks, glow sticks or mini notepads.
  • Create a home or neighborhood scavenger hunt where parents or guardians give their kids candy when they find each “clue.”
  • Go all out to decorate your house this year. Have a neighborhood contest for the best decorated house.
  • Carve and decorate pumpkins at home.
  • Play Halloween-themed games with members of your household.
  • Watch spooky movies.

If you do celebrate outside your home follow these  simple Do’s and Don’ts to keep your family and your community safe and healthy.

Do:

  • Enjoy virtual celebrations or socially distanced activities that are outdoors as much as possible.
  • Trick-or-treat only with your household family group. Consider a  family costume theme!
  • Always stay socially distanced from those who are not living in your household.
  • If you give out treats, avoid direct contact with  trick-or-treaters. Give treats outdoors. Set up a station with individually bagged  or packaged treats for kids to take.
  • Participate in one-way trick or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined  up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).
  • It is best to take candy only if it is individually wrapped in a sealed wrapper or baggy, and is available to grab and go placed separately from other candies, so kids can easily pick up treats without touching candy another child will take (e.g., no bowls).
  • If setting a grab and go station, set it six feet from your front door, so  trick or treaters know they will not be in close contact with  anyone at the location.
  •  All individuals over age 2 and able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear face coverings or cloth masks. Most Halloween masks won’t be sufficient to meet Department of  Health guidance, so ensure you wear a face covering that provides adequate protection.
  • Incorporate your face covering into a costume, but remember, a face covering must always be made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and  nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  •  Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before, during and after any activities.
  • Consider carrying hand sanitizer or leaving some out for your treat-or-treaters to use.
  • Only give out, or pick up, commercially wrapped treats that  are sealed.

Don’t:

  • Trick-or-treat or leave out candy if you are sick, live with someone  who is sick, have been exposed to someone known to have  COVID-19 in the last 14 days, are under isolation or quarantine, or have traveled internationally or to a state affected by the NYS Travel Advisory in the last 14 days.
  • Participate in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed out at the door and where you cannot stay socially distanced.
  • Pick out candy from a bowl or receive candy directly from someone’s hands.
  • If there is crowding in front of a home, or if treats are directly  taken from a bowl or directly handed out from someone’s hands, skip that house.
  • Trick-or-treat in crowded streets or neighborhoods where social distance cannot be maintained. Avoid crowding in elevators, hallways or stairwells.
  • Trick-or-treat in large groups.
  • Take candy from someone else’s bag.
  • Host or attend a party or event, indoors or outdoors, over the mass gathering limits set for your area. Events lasting several hours or that have people who have traveled from other areas where transmission is higher put your family most at risk of COVID-19. If you do go to an event and see a large crowd, or if there are others there who are not wearing face coverings or staying socially distanced, you should leave.
  • Wear a Halloween mask instead of a face covering, unless the  Halloween mask meets the face covering guidance.
  • Wear a Halloween costume mask over a cloth face mask; it can  make it difficult to breathe. Instead, skip the costume mask this year and choose a cloth face mask that compliments your costume.

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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Get your COVID-19 questions answered at Nov. 4 School Community Forum, hosted by Sullivan County Public Health

Sullivan County Public Health Services and Sullivan BOCES are hosting a School Community Forum 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 to provide answers to commonly asked COVID-19 related question.

Public Health staff will explain what to expect if you test positive for COVID-19  or if your or a family member is exposed to someone who has tested positive. They will also explain contact tracing; the difference between isolation and quarantine, and where you can get tested.

Questions need to be submitted in advance to  publichealth.forum@scboces.org by 12 noon Monday, Nov 2. Additional questions will be addressed as time allows.

For more information, please visit Sullivan County’s website  or Sullivan BOCES.

Attend the SCPH School Community Forum with Zoom

Middle School on brief “Stay Put” on Oct. 20 | Two adults charged with trespassing on parking lot

At approximately 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Middle School was put on a  brief “stay put” as LMS School Resource Officer James Simon investigated the presence of an unauthorized car in the Middle School’s back parking lot. 

Additional officers from the Liberty Police Department were called to the scene. Two adults were charged with criminal trespass and public lewdness. The car was towed.

The stay put was lifted and scheduled activities at the middle school resumed. 

During a stay put, instruction and classroom activities continue, but hallways are kept clear and students and staff stay where they are.

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PE Department’s Block L mask sale raises funds for senior scholarships | Order before Nov. 2

Help the Liberty Physical Education Department raise money for senior scholarships! Our students and staff all received Liberty masks, and now the whole community can show their Liberty pride, too.
All Block L masks are black with red lettering and double layer 100 percent  cotton, and you can personalize with a sport, activity, name or number.
Prices start at $8 each; $10-$15 with personalization.
Click link below to order. Email ealvord@libertyk12.org or call 845-292-5400 x2028 with questions. Sale ends Nov. 2.

Experiencing technical difficulties? The LCSD Help Line will get a grip on that glitch

If your student is having technical difficulties with Google Applications, an LCSD Chromebook or iPad, or simply needs a bit of help understanding the how-tos for school applications or devices, please email our Student/Family Help Desk at Help@LibertyK12.org.

One of our tech experts will get back to you as soon as they can, but please be patient. Sometimes they get a high volume of requests and it may take 2-3 days to respond.

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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