By order of the Governor of  New York, public schools, including the Liberty Central School District, will remain CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 14, 2020.

Talking to Children about COVID-19

The LCSD Guildance Department, along with the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses, share this advice on how to talk to children and young adults about COVID-19:

Children and young adults also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease.

Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving
them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

Be calm and reassuring

  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.
  • Remind them that you and the adults in at school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
  • Let ythem talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

Make yourself available

  • Children may need extra attention and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
  • It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them and make time for them.
  • Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection.

Avoid excessive blaming

  • When tensions are high, sometimes we try to blame someone. Avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus.
  • Be aware of comments other adults are making around your family. You may have to explain what comments mean if they are different than the values that you have at home.
  • Avoid watching or listening to news broadcasts that might be upsetting when your children are present.
  • Speak to your child about how many Internet stories about COVID-19 may be inaccurate and based on rumors.
  • Constantly watching updates on the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety. Avoid this.
  • Be aware that information designed for adults can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children.

Maintain a routine

  • Keep to a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
  • Encourage your children to keep up with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.

Be honest and accurate

  • Giving children guidance on what they can do to prevent infection gives them a greater sense of
    control over disease spread and will help to reduce their anxiety.
  • In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality. Don’t ignore their concerns.
  • Encourage your child to practice every day good hygiene, such as proper handwashing,  sneeze or cough into the bend of their elbow, and don’t share food or drinks.
  • Encourage your child to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.

Testing Updates: The SAT and AP Exams

Here is an update on the status of upcoming SATs and AP tests:

SATs

  • The College Board has cancelled the May 2  SAT exam. Payments will be refunded.
  • The June 6 SAT is scheduled to proceed as scheduled. Students must register by May 8.

AP EXAMS

The AP exam will be a 45-minute online free-response exam for each
course. Content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.

Students will be able to take their exams a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students will also have the option of writing their reponses by hand and submitting a photo.

We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. College Board is working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work.

If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who
does, you can contact College Board at https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74.

For updates visit https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

Childcare Volunteers Needed for Children of Essential Workers

Volunteers are still needed to staff two childcare centers for the children of essential workers. Several Liberty families have requested this service, which provides free childcare to support the critical work of healthcare workers and first responders as  we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.

County school districts are working in cooperation with the Sullivan County Child Care Council, Sullivan County Government, SUNY Sullivan and Sullivan BOCES to provide this service

There are two childcare locations, SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake and the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. Games, movies and other forms of engagement for the children will be provided.

Needed from the Liberty community is an administrator to help oversee the program and two volunteers to work with the children on a rotating basis. If you can volunteer, please email Dr. Patrick Sullivan at psullivan@libertyk12.org and include the hours and dates that you are available and your contact information, including email and phone number.

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.

Elementary


Freckle or MyOn login information, please email your child’s teacher.

  • Freckle: Activities in ELA, math, social studies, and science
  • MyOn:  Thousands of digital books to help maintain and build reading and writing skills
  • Scholastic Magazine: Projects for students in PreK-Grade 9 to keep them learning, thinking and growing
  • Starfall:Language arts and mathematics for PreK-Grade 3

Middle School


  • 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


March 31 BOE virtual meeting information

The next Board of Education meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  The Board will enter into an executive session meeting immediately and the regular meeting will resume at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda will be available on Board Docs on Monday, March 30, 2020.

To join the meeting click on https://zoom.us/j/363675164

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UPDATE: Liberty Schools to Remain Closed Through April 14, 2020

By order of the Governor of the State of New York, public schools, including the Liberty Central School District, will remain closed through Wednesday, April 14, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Liberty, student breakfast and lunch will continue to be made available each weekday morning. Meals are available for pick-up 9-11 a.m. by the High School loading area and are delivered each morning to student households by Rolling V bus drivers and LCSD food service team members along our regular bus routes.

Student meals will not be available or delivered on Friday, April 10 (Good Friday).

Also, teachers will use March 30 and March 31, as “prep” days, during which they will prepare additional academic work for students during the extended mandatory school closure. Teachers will not be available via Google Classroom or email on those days.

We know that this has been a difficult time for our LIberty school family, but together we will remain Liberty Strong.

Liberty BOE meetings go virtual

Due to the recent restrictions on gatherings and advice to socially distance, Liberty Central School District Board of Education meetings will be held remotely via Zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool.  You can join BOE meetings from a phone, computer, mobile device, or tablet. Liberty BOE meetings will be held remotely for as long as needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community can call into the meeting and be addressed to provide public comments during the Public Comment section part of the agenda.  

Please be advised that we cannot guarantee that information that you provide to Zoom is kept confidential nor do we guarantee that the data transmitted is secure. Prior to each meeting, a link and access code will be provided and posted on the district website. Meetings can also be joined by calling a dedicated phone number.

 

LHS Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19, Last Contact with School was March 13

The Liberty Central District learned today, March 24, that a member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.

This positive diagnosis of an adult is the district’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. The adult, who is recovering at home, works in the High School and was last on school grounds on March 13. The district has been closed to students since March 12, and all school buildings are being thoroughly sanitized and disinfected.

The Sullivan County Department of Health has been notified. As positive diagnoses of  COVID-19 rise throughout New York State, it is likely that reports of persons testing positive with COVID-19 will continue to emerge in our local communities as well.

“The reality is it’s here, just as it is in many other places,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore. “We must continue to take the advice of health experts and practice social distancing, proper hand-washing, and other preventative measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.”

COVID-19 causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Many people with COVID-19 recover fully at home. Older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications.

Still Need Your Student Work Packet? Watch For it in the Mail

If you were one of the many families unable to pick up your child’s school work, please review the following information explaining the steps the district is taking to ensure your child’s educational services are continued:

Liberty Elementary School

  • Schoolwork will be mailed (Grades K-4)

Liberty Middle School

  • Schoolwork will be mailed (Grades 5 and 6).
    For students using Google Classroom, the teachers’ letters and assignments (depending on the department) will be mailed (Grades 7 and 8).
    Students should also monitor their emails for Google Classroom updates.
    If you need any vital items from the Middle School (such as Chromebooks, medications, or a musical instrument) please call 845-292-5400 ext. 2302

Liberty High School

  • Families unable to pick up school work not available on Google Classroom, or if you cannot access Google Classroom, please call 845-292-5400 ext. 2002

Student Meals Available During Extended School Closure

The Liberty Central School District is 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. Look for the pick-up table near the loading doors and the parking lot basketball court.

Meals are also  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.

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