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

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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