Parents with Disabilities
Parents with disabilities will have an equal opportunity to participate in the services, programs, and activities of the district, particularly those designed for parental involvement and directly related to their child’s academic and/or disciplinary progress (e.g., parent/teacher conferences, and/or meetings with other school personnel). You should direct requests for accommodations to the Student Services Office at least ten business days before the scheduled activity or program. Such requests should include a description of the parent’s needs and the specific accommodation they are requesting.
The Liberty Central School District believes that children succeed when there is a strong partnership between home and school. This partnership thrives on open communication between parents and the school, parental involvement in their child’s education, and parental responsibility for all aspects of their child’s education. You can access the email addresses of school employees by going to the contact us section in our website.
Parents can become partners in their child’s education by:
- Becoming familiar with their child’s school activities and academic
program, including special programs offered by the district.
- Discussing with guidance counselors, teachers and principals the options and opportunities available to their child.
- Monitoring their child’s academic progress and contacting teachers when necessary.
- Attending scheduled parent/teacher conferences.
- Monitoring their child’s attendance at school. Regular school attendance is important if a child is to achieve his/her full potential. Parents are urged to make an extra effort to ensure their child establishes a regular attendance pattern.
Learning does not end when the school day is over. The Liberty Central School District encourages parents to set aside time for reading, informal learning activities and assisting their child with homework assignments.
Access to District Records
Often, parents, students and other community members may want to have specific information about the schools in this district. Interested persons may inspect and/or copy school district records by contacting the Records Access Officer in the district office at 115 Buckley St., Liberty, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Requests to inspect or make copies of records must be submitted in writing, either in person or by mail, to the records access officer, who will provide information regarding fees and the number of copies available.
Access to Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents and students over 18 years of age (referred to in the law as “eligible students”) the following rights:
- The right to inspect and review (your child’s) (your) education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the building principal a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- The right to request the amendment of (your child’s) (your) education records that you believe are inaccurate or misleading.
- Parents or eligible students may ask the district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading by writing to the principal, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed and specifying why it is inaccurate or misleading.
- If the district decides not to amend the record as requested, it will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided at this same time.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in (your child’s) (your) education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
- A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
- Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The Office that administers FERPA is the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
Board of Education
Members of the board are unpaid public officials elected by the voters of the district to take formal legal actions and assume the major responsibilities for the operations of the schools. These people are members of our community who have taken on the additional task of board membership in order to provide leadership for the welfare of the district.
In order to perform its duties in an open and public manner, and in accordance with state law, the Liberty Board of Education holds regular meetings monthly. Meetings convening during the school year are held in the Liberty high school media center at 7 p.m. Parents, students and other members of the community are encouraged to attend and demonstrate their interest in the education of district students.
Public Participation at Board Meetings
Public participation is encouraged at board meetings. The policy regarding such states:
Persons wishing to address the board shall advise the board president or the superintendent of schools prior to the scheduled starting time of the meeting. The request shall be made in writing on a form provided by the district and shall include the name of the speaker, the address, telephone number, name of organization represented (if any), and a brief description of the topic to be addressed.
Presentation should be as brief as possible. No speaker will be permitted to speak for longer than three minutes. The board will not permit in public session discussion involving individual district personnel or students. Persons wishing to discuss matters involving individual district personnel or students should present their comments and/or concerns to the superintendent during regular business hours. All speakers are to conduct themselves in a civil manner. Obscene language, libelous statements, threats of violence, statements advocating racial, religious, or other forms of prejudice will not be tolerated.
The annual election shall take place on the third Tuesday in May. The annual budget, any vacancies on the board of education and any special propositions that have been properly presented shall be voted upon at that time
Child Abuse in the Educational Setting
Students have the right to an educational setting that does not threaten their physical and emotional health and development. Child abuse by school personnel and school volunteers violates this right and therefore is strictly prohibited. Parents who believe that their child has been abused by employees or volunteers of the district should immediately notify the building principal of their child’s school. The appropriate law enforcement authorities will be notified if there is reasonable suspicion that an act of child abuse has occurred. The parent of the alleged child victim will be promptly notified when someone other than the parent submits a report of alleged child abuse in an educational setting.
Parent-teacher conferences are an important element in reporting student progress to parents. They are held once during the school year to discuss individual student progress during the first trimester. Parents will be notified in advance of the available dates and times so a convenient appointment can be arranged.
Parents should feel free to request a conference with their child’s teacher at any time. Parents may initiate a conference by calling the school office and making an appointment with the teacher, counselor or building principal. When a parent requests a conference with a teacher, the teacher will make every effort to arrange a mutually convenient time. Such conferences will be planned around the teacher’s schedule so as not to interfere with class time.
If a parent cannot attend a scheduled conference, he/she should notify the school as far in advance as possible so that another conference time may be arranged.
Open houses are also scheduled during the year by each building. This is a time for parents to meet their child’s teachers, as well as learn about the curriculum. Open houses are not a time to discuss individual students.
The Liberty Central School District is presently providing access for parents to our “SchoolTool Parent Portal.” Parents/guardians will be able to access their child’s information securely in our student management system via the Internet. Viewable information through this portal includes your child’s schedule, attendance, discipline, progress reports, report cards, and individual class averages and assignments (as determined by the teacher.) In addition, parents/guardians will be able to email teachers from within the portal.
In order to get started, we will need some information from you:
- ONLY parents/guardians who request parent portal access may access to this
- Send an email to ESParentPortal@Libertyk12.org, from your current email address. For example, if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, then you must send this initial request from that email address. Your email address will become your username for the parent portal. In addition, any email correspondence between you and the school, through this parent portal, will go to this email address.