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.

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.

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.

Free student meals available during summer break

A cartoon of children playing in a park, with information about summer meal distributionTo ensure no child goes hungry over the summer, the Liberty Central School District is providing a free and nutritious breakfast and lunch to kids and teens throughout the summer break.

Meals are available for pick up 9-11 a.m. each weekday morning at Liberty High School.

Parents are welcome to pick up food for their children, or kids can come on their own. Look for our Grab and Go spot at the High School and have a wonderful, healthy summer!

This is the seventh consecutive year that Liberty CSD has offered the program. Meals are provided to all children to age 18 years old without charge, there are no income requirements, and children and teens do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Schools to receive the meals.

2020 Wall of Fame Induction postponed

The annual Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception, traditionally held the morning of the Liberty High School graduation ceremony, has been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is hoped that the district will be able to host the Wall of Fame induction sometime in the fall.

 

 

RESOURCES FOR AT-HOME LEARNING

Additional Resources

The Liberty Central School District is committed to providing educational resources for our students during this time away from school.
Here, our teachers share some helpful educational links to enhance at-home learning during the extended school closure.

Remote Learning with Google


Google Meet/Hangout Etiquette

  • When you enter the Meet/Hangout, mute yourself.
  • When you have a question, type in the textbox and wait for your teacher to call on you.
  • When you have something to contribute to the discussion but it is not your turn, use the chat feature in the right-hand corner. Wait for the teacher to call on you. Then unmute yourself.
  • Only one student should contribute/talk at a time
  • Look into the camera when you are talking.
  • Stay attentive when the teacher or other students are speaking.

The LCSD Media Centers and Libraries


  • SORA: Access ebooks and audiobooks from the Liberty Central School District’s media centers. (Use the Technology Resources for Students Shared Drive to retrieve login information)
    Ms. Jill Parks, our Middle School Librarian, created this terrific SORA tutorial to show you around the site.

All Grade Levels


  • Khan Academy:  With a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, Khan Academy offers daily schedules and academic exercises in an exhaustive range of subjects for students ages 2-18.
  • ReadWorks: Content and at-home curriculum to strengthen reading comprehension for grades K-12.
  • WNET-NY/Public Television: PBS has ramped up its educational offerings for all grades in subjects from reading to science to the arts.
  • PBS Resources for Emergency Closings:  A curated collection of resources organized by grade and subject area created by PBS LearningMedia producers and educators. For Spanish language content, visit Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia.

Elementary


Middle School


  • LCS Makerspace and Technology: Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Treible and Mrs. Parks have created a digital Makerspace, where you’ll find exciting ideas for your next project.
  • Scholastic Magazine : Projects for students in PreK-Grade 9 to keep them learning, thinking and growing.
  • High School

  • Scholastic Magazine: Projects for students in PreK-Grade 9 to keep them learning, thinking and growing.
  • Test Preparation

Outdoor athletic facilities re-open for limited use

The Liberty High School and Liberty Middle School’s grounds and athletic fields have been re-opened for limited use to students and the community.

Please remember that social distancing protocols remain in place, and masks must be worn if social distancing cannot be practiced. District residents are welcome to use the grounds during daylight hours. The grounds will close at dusk (approximately 8:40 p.m.)

The High School basketball court and the Elementary School playground, however, remain closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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