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.

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: COVID-19 and district preparedness (March 12 update)

As we continue to monitor developments regarding coronavirus COVID-19, I want to provide you with some additional updates. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community, but we are learning more every day about this evolving public health issue. Please be assured that we are being proactive in our planning as we prepare for possible disruptions to our instructional program, including a school closure.

What happens if a student or staff member has COVID-19?

In the event we are notified that a student or staff member has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the school or schools associated with that case would be required to close for an initial period of 24 hours. If that happens, the Liberty Central School District would work closely with the NYS and the Sullivan County health departments during those 24-hours to determine precautionary actions and the scope and duration of any closure. 

These decisions will be made on a case by case basis, as necessary, and the district will communicate this information immediately to all our Liberty families.

Proactive Measures

Liberty teachers will spend Friday, March 13, a scheduled superintendent’s conference day and a day off for students, to compile 10 days of work (two weeks) for their students should an extended closure take place. 

This work will be sent home with students on Monday, March 16. Please set this work aside for completion in the event of an extended school closure.

  • For our elementary students the work will include a packet of printed worksheets and reading assignments.
  • Our middle and high school students all have Chromebooks, so their work will be available digitally via Google Classroom. Some middle and high school teachers may also elect to provide their students with printed assignments.

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 so we can make sure your child has academic materials.

Meanwhile, we continue steps to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. Here are some of the ways we are addressing COVID-19 concerns:

  • We are in continued conversations with county and state health officials and are following the recommendations of these experts.
  • Our school nurses are on alert for flu-like symptoms, cough, fever and other symptoms.
  • We have provided resources on proper handwashing and encouraged faculty and staff to remind students about the importance of hygiene. We have also asked them to limit sharing between students and to allow extra time for handwashing.
  • Rolling V, our bus company, has enhanced its rigorous cleanings of buses.
  • Our dedicated custodial staff is paying special attention to hard surfaces and highly-trafficked areas. We are well equipped with cleaning supplies.

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others continues to be the standard preventive practices for influenza. This includes regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of this illness. Our administrators, faculty and staff have been asked to take this matter of public health seriously but to do so without causing alarm for our students.

Again, we will continue to share updates and resources on a regular basis and until this public health challenge is behind us. 

I appreciate your continued patience and support as we navigate this difficult time together.

Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore
Superintendent of Schools

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: Protecting our students, staff from the spread of COVID-19 (March 10 Update)

With the recent news of confirmed cases of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus in the Hudson Valley, Liberty Central School District officials are continuing to monitor information from local, state and federal officials.

Health officials emphasize that the general risk to the public remains low but we all need to be vigilant and cautious. There are many steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. The NYS Department of Health urges the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

LCSD school nurses, teachers, and other faculty members are regularly reminding students about the importance of the above measures. Additionally, our custodial and maintenance teams are sanitizing our schools daily. High touch areas – such as door handles, handrails and elevator buttons – are cleaned and sanitized several times each school day. Rolling V, the district’s transportation company, has also stepped-up cleaning protocols and is sanitizing school buses every day.

Meanwhile, the district is preparing to meet the needs of our students and staff in the event the virus affects our community. Should a student or staff member be diagnosed with or presumed to have come in contact with COVID-19, it is anticipated that the district will close the effected buildings for 1-2 days to thoroughly sanitize and disinfect. The district is also prepared to provide students with classwork and is reviewing methods of remote instruction should an extended closure be necessary.

In the event of a school closure related to COVID-19, the district will first use our remaining “snow days.”

The state Department of Health has made quarantine mandatory for individuals returning to the U.S. from a known high-risk exposure area. Based on this, any Liberty student, family member or employee who has traveled to such an area should notify the school principal before coming to school. If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19 we will notify staff and parents.

Please also note that exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact and is not limited to a particular race or ethnicity.

More information about COVID-19 is available from the state Department of Health.

We appreciate the support of our Liberty families and will share more information as it becomes available. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.

Sincerely,

Dr. Augustine Tornatore
Superintendent of Schools

Peters appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal

Robert Peters, new LHS Interim Assistant Principal, with High School Principal Derek Adams

Mr. Robert Peters was appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Board of Education.  Mr. Peters will serve in this position until a new Assistant Principal is hired. He replaces Mr. Paul Brown who left our district to accept an appointment in another school.

Soccer Seniors play in Recognition Game

Seniors Sydneigh Fleischman, Noe (Danny) Romero-Bello and Kassidy DeGroat.

On Sunday, November 10, three Liberty athletes competed in the Section IX Senior Recognition Games atNewburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY.  Noe (Danny) Romero-Bello competed in the boy’s game. Kassidy DeGroat and Sydneigh Fleischman competed in the girl’s game.

 

Congratulations to these fine Liberty athletes. Thank you for representing Liberty Athletics.

Siegel, Henry named Section 9 Class B All-Stars

Congratulations to Owen Siegel and Liam Henry, who were named to the Section 9 Class B All-Star team. The team is voted on by the 12 MHAL and OCIAA Class B coaches. Only 15 players are chosen.

Owen Siegel was also named to the All-Section 9 team, which includes 22 players from Class AA, A, B, C, and D. Only five Class B players were picked for this team.

Congratulations to Owen for his accomplishments and positive representation of Liberty Soccer!

Coach Franke named Coach of the Week

The New York Jets have announced that Joseph Franke of Liberty High
School in Liberty, NY has been named this week’s (week of 10/13/19) recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week award presented by Gatorade. Through Gatorade’s partnership, the monetary award to benefit the school’s football program has doubled to $2,000. Coach Franke will receive a Gatorade kit, containing a cooler, fuel bars, Gatorade powder mix, squeeze bottles and much more. Along with this award, Liberty High School receives an automatic bid to compete in the 2020 New York Jets 11-ON Tournament. In addition, he is invited to watch
the New York Jets play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 22 from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium, where he will be presented with a certificate and an award ball.

In its 24th year, the Coach of the Week award is given to a coach in the Tri-State area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.

Coach Franke is a graduate of Liberty High School. He played wide receiver and safety for the football team. After graduating in 2012, Franke attended SUNY Oneota. During his time at SUNY Oneota, Franke played shortstop for the baseball team. He began coaching high school football after graduating college in 2016. Franke was named the head coach of his alma mater, Liberty High School in 2018. In addition to his coaching duties, Franke serves as a 5th grade mathematics and science teacher for Liberty Middle School.

On Friday, Oct. 12, the Liberty Indians defeated the O’Neill Raiders, 24-15.

Run, Hide, Fight Presentations continue at LHS

Click here for Letter to Parents (English) Carta a los padres (en Espanol)

The Liberty Central School District will continue the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter presentations with High School students and staff. The presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings across the nation.

The presentations, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department.

Two years ago, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training was needed.

“In August 2018, the district welcomed a second full-time school resource officer,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said. “Now we’re taking a major next step forward in school safety.” We currently have three full time school resource officers (SROs), stationed at each school building in the 2019-2020 school year.

“Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation,” School Resource Officer and Village of Liberty Police Officer Devin Brust said. “Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to.”

The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature, according to Brust. “No one can accurately predict how one should or will act under these circumstances,” he said. “What we’re aiming to do is empower staff and students to have the confidence and knowledge to respond appropriately if something happens.”

The district began sharing the “Run, Hide, Fight” presentations at Liberty High School in November 2018 with the help of our two school resource officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake. We will continue the informational presentations during the 2019-2020 school year at the High School once again starting in October 2019.

The Run, Hide, Fight presentations are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety lessons. In February and March of 2019, teachers and staff of Liberty School District became familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact the building Principal of your child’s school. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Elementary School Dean and Director of the District Safety Committee Nathaniel Zacek at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 or NZacek@libertyk12.org.


September 30, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope this letter finds you well. We’ve had an academically and culturally prosperous month here at Liberty High School. As always, our District Safety Committee and Building Safety Committee continue to strengthen and improve upon our safety procedures. Their careful analysis along with feedback from students has led us to using a training protocol called Run, Hide, Fight.   

Liberty Central School District will continue the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter presentations with High School students and staff. The presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings across the nation.The presentations, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department. Two years ago, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training was needed.

The Run, Hide, Fight protocol originates and is a copyright of the City of Houston made in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. 

Our School Resource Officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake, will be assisting in coordinating and leading the presentations and trainings. According to Officer Brust, who has been trained in the protocol, “Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation. Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to. The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature.”

The Run, Hide, Fight presentations are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety lessons. In February and March of 2019, teachers and staff of Liberty School District became familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact me. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Elementary School Dean and Director of the District Safety Committee Nathaniel Zacek at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 or NZacek@libertyk12.org.

All the Best,

Derek Adams, Principal


30 de Septiembre de 2019

Estimados Padres / Tutores y Estudiantes:

Espero que esta carta les encuentre bien. Hemos tenido un mes académico y culturalmente próspero aquí en Liberty High School. Como siempre, nuestro Comité de Seguridad del Distrito y el Comité de Seguridad del Edificio continúan fortaleciendo y mejorando nuestros procedimientos de seguridad. Su cuidadoso análisis junto con los comentarios de los estudiantes nos ha llevado a usar un protocolo de entrenamiento llamado Run, Hide, Fight ( Correr, esconderse, luchar).

El Distrito Escolar Central de Liberty, continuará las presentaciones de tiradores activos Run, Hide, Fight con los estudiantes y el personal de la escuela secundaria. Las presentaciones son en respuesta a los comentarios después de los tiroteos escolares en todo el país. Las presentaciones incorporarán el modelo Run, Hide, Fight y se implementarán a través de una asociación del sistema escolar y el Departamento de Policía del Pueblo de Liberty. Hace dos años, el distrito escolar, la policía local y los funcionarios del condado organizaron un foro sobre seguridad escolar para escuchar las preocupaciones de los estudiantes, quienes dijeron que se necesitaba más capacitación.

El protocolo Run, Hide, Fight se origina y es un derecho de autor de la Ciudad de Houston realizado en asociación con el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional.

Nuestros oficiales de recursos escolares, el oficial Brust y el oficial Lake, ayudarán a coordinar y dirigir las presentaciones y capacitaciones. Según el oficial Brust, que ha sido entrenado en el protocolo, “Correr, esconderse, luchar  es una forma de recordar qué hacer en una situación activa de tiro. Las agencias de aplicación de la ley recomiendan escapar si puedes, esconderte si no puedes y luchar solo si es necesario. El concepto de correr, esconderse, luchar es a proposito general en la naturaleza “.

Las presentaciones de Run, Hide, Fight son solo una parte de las lecciones de asalto y seguridad del Distrito. En Febrero y Marzo de 2019, los maestros y el personal del Distrito Escolar de Liberty se familiarizaron con Stop the Bleed (Parar sangramiento), un protocolo de primeros auxilios que alienta a los transeúntes a capacitarse, equiparse y capacitarse para ayudar en una emergencia hemorrágica antes de que llegue la ayuda profesional.

Para obtener información sobre la respuesta de preparación Correr, Esconderse, Luchar, contáctame. Las consultas generales sobre las iniciativas de seguridad del Distrito pueden dirigirse al Decano de la Escuela Primaria de Liberty y al Director del Comité de Seguridad del Distrito Nathaniel Zacek al (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 o NZacek@libertyk12.org.

Cordialmente, 

Derek Adams, Principal

The Chromebooks are coming (Video)

Chromebooks will soon be distributed at the high school and middle school. If you missed the presentations during the summer or want to review the information discussed, watch the video below. The video was taken during the high school presentation by Principal Derek Adams. It outlines the most important points about the 1 to 1 Chromebook initiative.

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