Free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch offered each school day

Free breakfast and lunch are available to all children age 18 and under at  Liberty High School.

Meals are available 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on all school days, excluding holidays. The program is administered by the USDA and NYSED Child Nutrition Program at no cost to the Liberty Central School District and was implemented to help ease food insecurity faced by families during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Look for the grab-and-go table near the High School loading dock (near the basketball hoop.)

All children 18 and under are eligible, no questions asked. Adults can pick up meals to bring home to their children, and older kids can pick up meals for their siblings at home.

What you need to know about riding the school bus in the new school year (with video)

The Liberty Central School District is enacting several new transportation protocols to help keep our students safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For students beginning school in-person on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10

  • If your child will be going to a location other than the home address provided, you must notify the school’s main office by 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4. (Unless you have already done so this school year.)
  • After Sept. 4, change requests must be made in writing to the school office:
    – Change requests received before the second Friday of the current month will take effect on the fourth Friday of the current month.
    – Change requests received between the second and fourth Friday of the current month will take effect on the second Friday of the following month.
  • Change requests cannot be made by the school without proper prior notice, as outlined above, to the bus company.

For all Students

  • Students will socially distance while on the bus and will sit in assigned seats.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • Department of Health school bus capacity restrictions means there is a strict limit on how many students can ride a bus. Rolling V, which provides bus service for our students, will need advance notice for all changes to student transportation requests.
  • Change requests cannot be made last minute nor on a daily basis. If your child cannot ride their scheduled route, you will need to arrange transportation.
  • Families must provide prior notification to the school (Elementary, Middle, or High) of any permanent transportation changes.
  • Check out this video, which explains what the new safety procedures will look like:

Chromebook, iPad insurance available | Deadline to purchase is Oct. 31

Liberty Middle School and Liberty High School students will receive a Chromebook and some Elementary students will receive an iPad for use during the 2020-21 school year.

Students will be 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.

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.

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 psullivan@libertyk12.org  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.

March 19: School Closure Updates from the Asst. Superintendent

Dear Liberty Community,

This week, the Liberty Central School District distributed school work and student meals to our Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

If you were one of the many families who were unable to pick up your child’s school work, please be assured that we are working on a plan to get it delivered to you as soon as possible. We will announce those details shortly.

Here are a few additional updates:

  • If you do not have access to the internet, please call 845-292-5400 ext. 2031.
  • We are providing breakfast and lunch to our students while school is closed. Meals are available for pick up 9-11 a.m. each weekday morning at the High School and are being delivered by Rolling V bus drivers along their regular routes. If you have not been able to receive meals, please call 845-292-5400 ext. 2031.
  • We have received inquiries regarding Third Quarter grades. More information pertaining to these topics will be shared soon.

Google Classroom for Secondary Students

The primary platform used at the secondary level is Google Classroom. However, some teachers are using additional platforms to support your child’s learning:

The Structure

Teachers are posting assignments and providing minimal deadlines of 2-3 days. If your child is having difficulty meeting deadlines please contact the teacher via email or through the Google Classroom platform. Please know that our teachers will be flexible as we are all learning a new way of educating.

Feedback/Assessment

Teachers will provide feedback and assignment grades as students complete their digital work. Depending on the assignment, the turn-around time for a grade may differ.

Educational Resources

Our teachers shared some helpful educational links to enhance at-home learning. We’ll continue to share more resources during the extended school closure:

Prek- Grade 8

If a student needs their login information for Freckle or MyOn, please email your child’s teacher.

Grade 9-12

        Social and Emotional Well-Being

        We thank everyone for their continued understanding, patience and support.
        With Liberty Pride,

        Dr. Patrick Sullivan
        Assistant Superintendent

          COVID-19 UPDATE from the Superintendent: Student meals, classwork while school is closed

          Click here for the district’s previous COVID-19 updates

          March 17, 2020: By order of the Sullivan County Manager, all Sullivan County schools, including the Liberty Central School District, are closed through April 3, 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

          We recognize that this extraordinary situation presents an array of difficulties for our students, employees and families, and we know you have many questions about this extended closure:

          Are you serving student meals?

          Yes. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, student breakfast and lunch will be available Mondays-Fridays. To help us plan, please call 292-5400, ext. 2031 to let us know if you’ll be participating in the meal program.

          • Students who walk to school can pick up meals 9-11 a.m. at the High School loading area (near the parking lot basketball court.)
          • Rolling V drivers will deliver meals at their regular bus stops between 9:30-10:30 a.m. each day. Drivers will beep and wait two minutes before moving on.

          What about homework?

          Packets of work can be picked up 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18  and Thursday, March 19 at the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Please stop by your child’s school during those hours. (High school teachers have also contacted students with details about specific assignments.)

          Google Classroom assignments for Middle and High School students are available now. Students can access this work with their Chromebook.

          We also suggest that you keep your children engaged in learning. Read with your children, help them with their classwork, and explore many free online educational resources available. We will be sharing links to our teachers’ favorite websites on the district website, too.

          If you did not receive the classwork packet or do not have internet access, please call 292-5400, ext. 2031.

          What if my student left an important item at school?

          Chromebooks, instruments and vital personal belongings can be picked up 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wed., March 18  and Thurs., March 19. Parents and students will not be permitted in the school buildings, but we will do our best to get it for you.

          What does “closed” mean?

          Only essential LCSD staff are reporting to work, so it may take us longer than usual to answer your messages.

          All school events cancelled through April 3, and the closure includes all school grounds, playgrounds and fields. Spring athletics are cancelled through May 1.

          Will the Board of Education meet?

          BOE meetings will be held via video conference through May. We’ll share an access code so the public can join from home.

          How will you keep us updated?

          We will continue to share updates on our website (www.libertyk12.org), our Facebook page, and through our school messaging system.

          What we don’t know

          The governor has stated that in order for schools to apply for the 180 day waiver, schools must use their vacation days and snow days. This may change. It remains unclear how spring break and other school holidays will be affected, and we don’t know for certain when school will reopen. Other possible variables include SAT, ACT, and Regents scheduling. We will share updates as soon as we know more.

          Thank you again for your continued patience as we navigate this challenging time together.

          With Liberty Pride,

          Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore
          Superintendent of Schools

          School is CLOSED March 16-April 3

          To our Liberty Schools community,

          March 14, 2020: Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek has issued an emergency order closing all schools, including the Liberty Central School District, now through April 3.

          Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, school leaders have decided that this is the most prudent action available to limit the spread of COVID-19.

          As the coronavirus continues to disrupt our day-to-day lives, the topmost priority of the Liberty Central School District remains steady: To keep our students and staff healthy and safe.

          We will provide further updates soon regarding student work and meals. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.  #LibertyPride

          COVID-19 UPDATE: Teachers Prepare “Just In Case” Homework

          The Liberty Central School District is prepared to meet the needs of our students and staff in the event of a school closure as a result of COVID-19.

          There have been no reports of coronavirus in the Liberty community, but as a precaution teachers will send students home with packets of homework on Monday, March 16. Middle and High School students will also receive instructions on how to complete work electronically. Please set the packet aside; it only needs to be done if Liberty schools are closed for a period of two weeks or longer.

          If you are a parent or guardian of a middle or high school student and you do not have internet access, please call 845-292-5400, ext 2031 during school hours so we can make sure your child has academic materials.

          We thank you for  your understanding and patience as we all work to keep students safe and educated during this challenging health situation. We will continue to keep our parents and guardians informed through our website, Facebook page, and school messaging system.

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