Our students and teachers are becoming experts at virtual learning, and we’re proud of how everyone has adapted and adjusted to this new way of attending classes.
To make the learning experience even better, we’ve updated the Student Expectations for Virtual Learning. These new protocols go into effect Thursday, Nov. 5.
Student Expectations for Virtual Learning
- Students are expected to show their video and be visible for every class unless otherwise indicated by their teacher. Find directions for How to Blur Your Background here
- Students cannot enter a class’ virtual session until the scheduled time and must exit once the period is over (or as soon as the teacher ends the session).
- Students should not attend a virtual session in a private location (i.e. bedroom).
- Sessions may not be recorded.
- Class sessions are for students, not family and friends.
- Students are to stay on mute until the teacher directs them to unmute.
- Students are to be prepared as if they are physically present.
- Students are to stay engaged, be an active listener, and contribute.
- Students are to be respectful in all chats and other types of digital correspondence.
- Chat should be used for school based language/conversation only.
- Students are to be respectful during class. Listen to the teacher and your classmates.
- Students are to use the virtual class sessions to learn new materials, revisit assignments and ask for help.
- If a student witnesses a classmate not meeting an expectation, they are to notify the teacher immediately.
- Students are to follow the Code of Conduct as if they are in school.
There have been a lot of changes at the Liberty Elementary School this summer as a result of the COVID-19 public health situation. When students return to the school building in September, class sizes will be smaller, masks will be required and temperatures will be checked.
That’s just a few examples of how we’re working to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please watch our Return to the Elementary School Presentation to learn more about the start of the 2020-21 school year and the reopening of the Elementary School.
If you’re headed to the Middle School this September, check out this great welcome video produced by the wonderful teachers, administrators, and staffers who cannot wait to meet you.
You’ll get a tour, meet some new faces, recognize some familiar ones, and even learn how to open your locker!
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.
- Mrs. Euker’s Online Art Class: The great thing about art is that you can create anywhere at any time. All you need is your imagination and a few supplies you probably have at home.
- 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.
- Mr. Seger’s Music Class: Music is a great way to enjoy time with the people we are with and even learn a thing or two!
- 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
- My School is Closed Today: A digital picture book for very young students
- Log in with Home Learning Codes for Seesaw
- 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
Dear Liberty Elementary Families,
I hope this letter finds you well. This has truly been a year like none other. Together we are finding our way through, and the end of the school year is fast approaching. My thanks goes out to you for your patience and support over the past few months, as the teachers and administrators developed a plan for the third trimester of school remotely and in short order. Your participation during this time has been a great help to your children, and to the teachers and staff of LES. We couldn’t have done it without you!
I would like to share some important end-of-the-year information with you.
Instruction: The third trimester ends on June 17, 2020. Students will be allowed to make-up missed assignments until June 18, 2020. Teachers will wrap up with their students online on June 18, 2020. Teachers will be available to provide continued support to all students through June 26, 2020.
Report Cards: A student’s Third Trimester grade will be the average of the identified focus standards for each content area. In the event a student was unable to participate in online or paper packet instruction in a way that allows the teacher to assess their performance during the school closure, the student will receive the same grade awarded in the Second Trimester marking period. Report cards will be mailed home during the week of June 28, 2020.
iPad Return: As per the Acknowledgement of Receipt of District Technology Property, signed when iPads were distributed, you are responsible for the return of the iPad and charger. Similar to the distribution process we have established dates for the return of the iPads by grade-level.
Student Belongings: Some personal student belongings may have been left in classrooms (desks, cubbies, etc.). These will be distributed in conjunction with the iPad return. When you return the school-issued iPad, you will pick up student belongings. If you did not receive a school iPad, use the same schedule to pick up your child’s belongings.
If you have more than one child in Liberty Elementary School, you can return all iPads/chargers and pick up all student belongings at one time. Choose your date and time based on the grade level of one child.
Please use the following schedule to return the school-issued iPads/chargers, and to pick up student personal belongings:
iPad Return & Student Belongings Pick-Up
Times: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. each day
Friday, June 19, 2020: Pre-K, Kindergarten
Monday, June 22, 2020: Grade 1 and Grade 2
Wednesday, June 24: Grade 3 and Grade 4
Library Books: K-4 students should return library books to the school using the schedule for iPad Return & Student Belongings Pick-Up.
Fourth Grade Band and Orchestra Instruments (and lesson books): Fourth graders should return their instruments and lesson books to the school on Wednesday, June 24 using the schedule for iPad Return & Student Belongings Pick-Up.
Fourth Grade Moving Up: We will hold a virtual Fourth Grade Moving Up Ceremony. The ceremony will be completely pre-recorded. Fourth-grade teachers will share the information with all fourth-grade students and work with students in their classrooms to gather photos for the video. Please look for the Fourth Grade Moving Up video on the LCSD Website beginning June 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
If you have any questions, please contact the Liberty Elementary School Office at 845-292-5400. If there is anything we can do to support you, please don’t hesitate to call.
I wish you all good health and safety.
Jacqueline S. Harris
Liberty Elementary School Principal
Estimadas familias de Liberty Elementary,
Espero que esta carta te encuentre bien. Este ha sido realmente un año como ningún otro. Juntos estamos abriéndonos paso, y el final del año escolar se acerca rápidamente. Les agradezco su paciencia y apoyo durante los últimos meses, ya que los maestros y administradores desarrollaron un plan para el tercer trimestre de la escuela de forma remota y en poco tiempo. Su participación durante este tiempo ha sido de gran ayuda para sus hijos y para los maestros y el personal de LES. ¡No podríamos haberlo hecho sin ti!
Me gustaría compartir con ustedes información importante de fin de año.
Instrucción: El tercer trimestre finaliza el 17 de junio de 2020. Los estudiantes podrán recuperar tareas perdidas hasta el 18 de junio de 2020. Los maestros concluirán con sus estudiantes en línea el 18 de junio de 2020. Los maestros estarán disponibles para brindar apoyo continuo a todos los estudiantes hasta el 26 de junio de 2020.
Boletas de calificaciones: La calificación del tercer trimestre de un estudiante será el promedio de los estándares de enfoque identificados para cada área de contenido. En el caso de que un estudiante no pudiera participar en la instrucción en línea o en paquetes de papel de una manera que le permita al maestro evaluar su desempeño durante el cierre de la escuela, el estudiante recibirá la misma calificación otorgada en el período de calificaciones del Segundo Trimestre. Las boletas de calificaciones se enviarán a casa durante la semana del 28 de junio de 2020.
Devolución del iPad: Según el Acuse de recibo de propiedad de tecnología del distrito, firmado cuando se distribuyeron los iPads, usted es responsable de la devolución del iPad y el cargador. Similar al proceso de distribución, hemos establecido fechas para la devolución de los iPads por grado.
Pertenencia de los estudiantes: Algunas pertenencias personales de los estudiantes pueden haberse dejado en las aulas (escritorios, cubículos, etc.). Estos se distribuirán junto con la devolución del iPad. Cuando devuelva el iPad emitido por la escuela, recogerá las pertenencias de los estudiantes. Si no recibió el iPad de la escuela, use el mismo horario para recoger las pertenencias de su hijo.
Si tiene más de un hijo en la Escuela Primaria Liberty, puede devolver todos los iPads / cargadores y recoger todas las pertenencias de los estudiantes al mismo tiempo. Elija su fecha y hora según el nivel de grado de un niño.
Utilice el siguiente horario para devolver los iPads / cargadores emitidos por la escuela; y para recoger las pertenencias personales de los estudiantes:
Devolución de iPad y recogida de pertenencias de estudiantes
Horario: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. o 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. cada día
Viernes 19 de junio de 2020: Pre-K, Kindergarten
Lunes 22 de junio de 2020: Grado 1 y Grado 2
Miércoles 24 de junio: Grado 3 y Grado 4
Libros de la biblioteca: Los estudiantes de K-4 deben devolver los libros de la biblioteca a la escuela utilizando el horario para la devolución del iPad y la recogida de pertenencias de los estudiantes.
Instrumentos de banda y orquesta de cuarto grado (y libros de lecciones): Los estudiantes de cuarto grado deben devolver sus instrumentos y libros de lecciones a la escuela el miércoles 24 de junio usando el horario para la devolución del iPad y la recogida de pertenencias de los estudiantes.
Ascenso ascendente de cuarto grado (graduación de los en grado 4)): Celebraremos una Ceremonia virtual de ascenso de cuarto grado. La ceremonia será completamente pregrabada. Los maestros de cuarto grado compartirán la información con todos los estudiantes de cuarto grado y trabajarán con los estudiantes en sus salones para reunir fotos para el video. Busque el video de la graduación del cuarto grado en el sitio web de LCSD a partir del 23 de junio de 2020 a las 9:00 a.m.
Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con la Oficina de la Escuela Primaria Liberty al 845-292-5400. Si hay algo que podamos hacer para ayudarlo, no dude en llamar.
Les deseo a todos buena salud y seguridad.
Que estes bien,
Jacqueline S. Harris
Directora de la escuela primaria Liberty
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.
The 2020 Census will help officials plan funding for federal nutrition programs – including the National School Lunch Program – for the next 10 years. That’s why an accurate census is so important, and why everyone counts!
By Executive Order, the public school districts of Sullivan County, in collaboration with the Sullivan County Child Care Council, have developed emergency child care plans for essential workers.
Essential workers include first responders, healthcare workers, food manufacturers, supermarket workers, food preparation workers, commercial truck drivers, transit workers, carriers of critical and essential materials, construction workers, manufacturing workers, specialized equipment workers related to health or safety of the public and nonprofit and social service agencies providing support to families, and employees in related fields.
The plan is meant to serve those essential workers for whom child care has become a burden during the response to COVID-19. If you meet the definition of an essential employee and have child care needs, access to free childcare via the CARES Child Care Scholarship from the Office of Children and Family Services is available to those who qualify.
Essential workers that currently have their children in licensed/registered child care or need child care may apply here.
You will be contacted by the Sullivan County Child Care Council, Inc., within one business day. They will follow up on the next steps to gather information about your household and help you identify a participating child care provider or work with your current registered or licensed child care provider.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
- Freckle: (ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science)
- MyOn (online books and activities)
- Scholastic Magazine
Social and Emotional Well-Being
- Talking to Children about COVID-19
- CDC Information on Managing Stress with COVID-19
- Sullivan County Department of Health Services
We thank everyone for their continued understanding, patience and support.
With Liberty Pride,
Dr. Patrick Sullivan