Temporary lockdown lifted after ten minutes at LMS/LHS

At 12:50 p.m. Liberty Middle and High School went into a lockdown after a nearby resident with a legally owned rifle was spotted near the district office parking lot.

Lockdowns are used to limit movement in the school while a situation can be assessed.

The man was spotted by a staff member and the Village of Liberty Police Department were called to investigate. Police say that the neighbor posed no threat and had no intention of approaching school grounds.

As a precaution, the middle and high schools were put on lockdown while the police investigated. The lockdown was lifted after ten minutes. Once district personnel verified that the campus was clear and safe, students and staff were able to move freely within their school.

There will be an LPA musical planning meeting on June 25

The Liberty Performing Arts (LPA) group has already begun planning next year’s musical and play. While the details are not entirely fleshed out, we do know that the musical will take place in the fall and the play will take place in the spring.

LPA would like to invite any interested students, parents and staff to attend an informational meeting on June 25 from 12-2 p.m. in the middle school’s vocal music room. This brief meeting will announce the musical, discuss rehearsal details and mandatory dates and will introduce the musical’s new co-director.

The musical will be open to students in grades 7-12. Students in grades 7-8 must be in chorus in order to audition. 

If you have any other questions or would like to RSVP for this meeting please contact Emily McConnell at emcconnell@libertyk12.org, or (845) 292-5400 ext. 5120.

Here’s what you need to know about the Class of 2019 commencement ceremony

The Class of 2019 will turn their tassels on Friday, June 28. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium.

The doors to the Liberty High School gymnasium will open at 5 p.m. In order to alleviate crowding and parking issues, we ask that you please arrive early as the ceremony will start promptly at 7 p.m.

Seniors will meet at 6 p.m. for their final fittings and line up.

In anticipation of the excitement among the crowds, as usual, our School Resource Officers will be present.

Can’t make this year’s graduation ceremony on Friday, June 28? Watch it live online!

Complete live coverage of Liberty High School’s Class of 2019 commencement ceremony will be broadcast via YouTube, barring any technical difficulties at approximately 7 p.m.

To access the district’s YouTube channel, please click here.

Please review our safety procedures

In light of the recent threat to our high school on June 19, we are writing to assure you that the safety of your children and our staff and employees is our number one priority and something that we work at constantly. While we cannot detail all aspects of our security plans, we’d like to remind you about what is in place and provide you with some information about our ongoing efforts.

Training and Protocols

We review security protocols with staff throughout the year and, as you know, practice response drills to a variety of different situations with our students. We have comprehensive building- and district-level safety plans and an active district safety committee. This committee includes district administrators, police and fire officials, operational staff and teachers.

We utilize the intercom or “buzz in” procedures in our buildings, and continue to review where, and when, building access should be more restricted. Our staff and faculty wear their ID badges at all times. As part of our ongoing work, we will be identifying additional actions (such as extra security cameras) that can enhance our emergency preparedness. As you may be aware, our 2019-20 school budget includes funding to upgrade our security system.

Strong Relationship with Police

We have a strong working relationship with the Village of Liberty Police Department and do not hesitate to call law enforcement to our schools as needed. Police are regularly in our buildings for specific issues and events and we regularly seek law enforcement guidance in how we can be proactive and provide staff with the most up-to-date training. Our School Resource Officers patrol each of our school buildings regularly.

If You See Something, Say Something

It is also important to emphasize that our students and families are a critical part of keeping our schools safe. We encourage students to talk to an adult at school whenever they have a concern or notice something that does not seem right, and we ask all of you to do the same.

We cannot say or underscore enough, the safety of our students is a top priority to the district.  If you have any questions today, or in the future about safety practices in our schools, please do not hesitate to reach out to the district office or your child’s building principal.

District, police officials respond to anonymous threat

On Wednesday, June 19 at approximately 5:10 p.m., students and staff inside Liberty High School were evacuated in response to a bomb threat note that was anonymously reported to the Village of Liberty Police Department.

Students and staff were moved to the middle school while village police officers and state police canine units searched the building. Officers determined there was no threat inside the school at that time and allowed students and staff to resume normal activity by 5:50 p.m.

The Village of Liberty and New York State Police departments are continuing an active criminal investigation into this situation. School officials are working closely with the police. As a precaution, the police department will periodically search our school buildings and will increase its presence at upcoming school events.

Given that this investigation is ongoing, we are not in a position to share more at this time, even as we recognize our school community’s desire for more information.

Making a threat against a school is a serious offense that has significant consequences.

It’s important to point out that when conduct in our schools rises to a criminal level, it is subject to both the district’s Code of Conduct and the criminal justice system.

We join our community in its frustration about the disruption and fear that threats cause in our schools and our neighboring districts. There is nothing that we take more seriously than the safety of our students and staff.

We will be reminding students of our commitment to their safety and the serious consequences that can result from making threats against a school. We ask you to help reinforce this message at home.

Test drive a Ford vehicle to raise funds for LES on June 22

Test-drive a Ford vehicle on June 22 and $20 will automatically be donated to the elementary school. Fundraising has never been easier.

A Ford “Drive 4 UR School” event will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at M&M Ford in Liberty. For every person who takes a test-drive in a Ford vehicle on-site, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the Liberty Elementary School’s Building Leadership Team.

Class of 2019 inspires younger students during nostalgic Senior Walk

On June 17, the members of the Class of 2019 – dressed in their red and white graduation gowns – returned to their elementary and middle schools for the district’s annual Senior Walk. The nostalgic procession took place at all three Liberty school buildings, as well as the district office.

The seniors were welcomed back with great enthusiasm by their former school principals, faculty, and administrators—happy and excited to revisit the classrooms and hallways of their childhood. As the graduating seniors walked the schools they were cheered by students waving colorful signs emblazoned with well wishes and congratulations. Many young students held out their small hands, hoping for a senior high-five. Each school prepared something special—message boards, pictures and small diplomas.

Watch the video below for highlights.

Learn more about the non-medical exemption from school vaccination requirements

Sullivan County Public Health Department released the following statement on June 14:

On June 13,  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis.

As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

What did the new law do?

As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:

  • public, private or parochial school, or;
  • child day care settings.

For those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, what are the deadlines for being vaccinated?

Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school, and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child day care. Also, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.

The New York State Department of Health follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices catch-up immunization schedule and expects children to receive required doses consistent with Table 2 at the following link in order to continue to attend school or child day care:

What is the deadline for first dose vaccinations if my child is not attending school until September?

Parents and guardians of all children who do not have their required immunizations are encouraged to have them receive the first dose as soon as possible. The deadline for obtaining first dose vaccinations for
children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school.

Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.

Additional information will be forthcoming.

Student entrepreneurs enjoy Market Economy Day at LES

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a market economy?
What skills are needed to be an entrepreneur?
How can I balance creating a quality product while making a profit?

These are the questions our young entrepreneurs at Liberty Elementary School asked themselves leading up to their Market Economy Day on June 14

Market Economy Day is a third grade tradition that seeks to increase the financial literacy of the next generation of future entrepreneurs. By using a school store as a means to teach challenging subjects like finance, business and investing, teachers seek to train a new group of future business owners and creative thinkers.

In this unique form of instruction, students frequently encounter situations that provide the opportunity to relate economic terms and concepts to real classroom situations. The instruction leading up to Market Day focuses on the basics of economics, entrepreneurship customer service and money management.

Liberty Public Library announces new online summer reading

This year summer reading has gotten easier, more fun and is now online.  Register today at http://libertypl.ny10.readsquared.com for your child’s free online account and start logging the minutes that they read.  The more they read, the more they unlock learning games and celebrity-led storytelling which can be accessed right from your homes!  The theme this year is “A Universe of Stories” with an emphasis on outer space. The program is available for pre-k through twelfth grade with various incentives and certificates of completion for different age-levels.
Elementary students who complete the online reading program will be invited to attend a special “Out of this World” party on the first Friday school is back in session in the Fall, complete with free books and moon-pies.  Check the flyer at our website http://libertypubliclibrary.org for more details.  Sign-up began June 5. Students have until August 23 to complete their summer reading and missions.
Remember that Liberty Public Library is currently in a temporary location at 111 Sullivan Ave, Suite 1-3, Ferndale, NY 12734 (across from the Ferndale Post Office).  There will be no fines assessed on children’s or young adult books or movies during the summer reading program, so come and stock up on plenty of reading materials to help your children keep their brains engaged while out of school and prevent the “summer slide.”

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