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.

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


Information about 3rd quarter at LMS

Dear Liberty Middle School Families:

We’ve recently spent time discussing and determining how we grade for the third quarter as well as feedback about the distance learning process. For the third quarter marking period the crux of the conversation is that because the distance learning is new, different, more difficult than most believed, and not equitable for all, we want to define there to be a difference between the grades received while we were in school, and then during our leave and/or return to school. Below are the main points for report card grades, and distance learning guidelines. The third quarter will be ending as of 3/12/20 instead of 4/3/20. You should receive your report card
sometime during the week of April 6.

  • Grading
    • All open grades, or assignments that were not completed by 3/12/20 and if students did not have the ability to make-up with their supports (IEP/504), will not be counted against the
      students.
    • An incomplete will be given to any student who under specific circumstances was not able to complete their assignments during the third quarter marking period.
    • Teachers have the utmost flexibility in regard to fairness with grading.
  • Distance Learning
    • Flexibility is key- to assignment deadlines, providing support, considering student situations.
    • Remember students may take 2-3 times longer to complete work through distance learning.
    • If we remain closed after the April 15 date, we will continue to brainstorm grading, as well as types of assignments and instruction to provide to students during the fourth quarter.

Please continue to check the district website for continued updates. Please contact your child’s teacher(s), Mrs. Resnick or myself via email if you have any questions or concerns regarding issues so that we can assist you.

​We truly hope everyone is safe and well.

Sincerely,

Heather Cheh
April Resnick

 

Estimadas familias de Liberty Middle School:

Recientemente pasamos tiempo discutiendo y determinando cómo calificamos para el tercer trimestre, así como comentarios sobre el proceso de aprendizaje a distancia. Para el período de calificación del tercer trimestre, el quid de la conversación es que debido a que el aprendizaje a distancia es nuevo, diferente, más difícil de lo que se cree y no es equitativo para todos, queremos definir que habrá una diferencia entre las calificaciones recibidas mientras estábamos en la escuela, y luego durante nuestro permiso y / o regreso a la escuela. A continuación se presentan los puntos principales para las calificaciones de la boleta de calificaciones y las
pautas de aprendizaje a distancia. El tercer trimestre finalizará el 3/12/20 en lugar del 4/3/20. Debería recibir su boleta de calificaciones en algún momento durante la semana del 6 de abril.

  • Calificación
    • Todas las calificaciones abiertas, o tareas que no se completaron antes del 3/12/20 y si los estudiantes no tenían la capacidad de recuperar sus apoyos (IEP / 504), no se contarán en contra de los estudiantes.
    • Se dará un formulario incompleto a cualquier estudiante que, en circunstancias específicas, no haya podido completar sus tareas durante el período de calificaciones del tercer trimestre.
    • Los maestros tienen la máxima flexibilidad en lo que respecta a la imparcialidad con la calificación.
  • La educación a distancia
    • La flexibilidad es clave para los plazos de asignación, brindando apoyo, considerando las situaciones de los estudiantes.
    • Recuerde que los estudiantes pueden tomar 2-3 veces más tiempo para completar el trabajo a través del aprendizaje a distancia.
    • Si permanecemos cerrados después de la fecha del 15 de abril, continuaremos haciendo una lluvia de ideas sobre la calificación, así como los tipos de tareas e instrucciones para proporcionar a los estudiantes durante el cuarto trimestre.

Continúe revisando el sitio web del distrito para actualizaciones continuas. Comuníquese con la maestra (s) de su hijo, la Sra. Resnick o conmigo por correo electrónico si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud con respecto a problemas para que podamos ayudarlo.

Realmente esperamos que todos estén bien y seguros.

Sinceramente,

Heather Cheh
April Resnick

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.

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.

Child Care for Essential Workers Offered; Fill out Survey to Request Childcare

Sullivan County  school districts have developed emergency child care plans for essential workers for whom child care has become a burden during the response to COVID-19.

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 primary site for essential workers is  SUNY Sullivan;  healthcare workers will bring children to Catskill Regional Medical Center. 

Sullivan County officials hope to get the program up and running as quickly as possible. Completion of the Child Care Survey for Essential Workers is the first step to identify those who need the service.

After completion of the survey parents will be contacted by program coordinators.

Grades 3-8 assessments suspended for 2019-20 school year

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.

March 19: School Closure Updates from the Asst. Superintendent

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:

The Structure

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.

Feedback/Assessment

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.

Educational Resources

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.

Grade 9-12

        Social and Emotional Well-Being

        We thank everyone for their continued understanding, patience and support.
        With Liberty Pride,

        Dr. Patrick Sullivan
        Assistant Superintendent

          COVID-19 UPDATE from the Superintendent: Student meals, classwork while school is closed

          Click here for the district’s previous COVID-19 updates

          March 17, 2020: By order of the Sullivan County Manager, all Sullivan County schools, including the Liberty Central School District, are closed through April 3, 2020 to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

          We recognize that this extraordinary situation presents an array of difficulties for our students, employees and families, and we know you have many questions about this extended closure:

          Are you serving student meals?

          Yes. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, student breakfast and lunch will be available Mondays-Fridays. To help us plan, please call 292-5400, ext. 2031 to let us know if you’ll be participating in the meal program.

          • Students who walk to school can pick up meals 9-11 a.m. at the High School loading area (near the parking lot basketball court.)
          • Rolling V drivers will deliver meals at their regular bus stops between 9:30-10:30 a.m. each day. Drivers will beep and wait two minutes before moving on.

          What about homework?

          Packets of work can be picked up 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18  and Thursday, March 19 at the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Please stop by your child’s school during those hours. (High school teachers have also contacted students with details about specific assignments.)

          Google Classroom assignments for Middle and High School students are available now. Students can access this work with their Chromebook.

          We also suggest that you keep your children engaged in learning. Read with your children, help them with their classwork, and explore many free online educational resources available. We will be sharing links to our teachers’ favorite websites on the district website, too.

          If you did not receive the classwork packet or do not have internet access, please call 292-5400, ext. 2031.

          What if my student left an important item at school?

          Chromebooks, instruments and vital personal belongings can be picked up 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wed., March 18  and Thurs., March 19. Parents and students will not be permitted in the school buildings, but we will do our best to get it for you.

          What does “closed” mean?

          Only essential LCSD staff are reporting to work, so it may take us longer than usual to answer your messages.

          All school events cancelled through April 3, and the closure includes all school grounds, playgrounds and fields. Spring athletics are cancelled through May 1.

          Will the Board of Education meet?

          BOE meetings will be held via video conference through May. We’ll share an access code so the public can join from home.

          How will you keep us updated?

          We will continue to share updates on our website (www.libertyk12.org), our Facebook page, and through our school messaging system.

          What we don’t know

          The governor has stated that in order for schools to apply for the 180 day waiver, schools must use their vacation days and snow days. This may change. It remains unclear how spring break and other school holidays will be affected, and we don’t know for certain when school will reopen. Other possible variables include SAT, ACT, and Regents scheduling. We will share updates as soon as we know more.

          Thank you again for your continued patience as we navigate this challenging time together.

          With Liberty Pride,

          Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore
          Superintendent of Schools

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