District explores scenarios for fall reopening of school buildings; community input sought

Summer has just begun, but the LCSD Reopening Team – made up of administrators, teachers staff members, board of education members, school resource officers, parents and students – has been meeting regularly to prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

The Reopening Team has met three times to discuss the various aspects of reopening Liberty’s schools, including possible scenarios, transportation, and, most importantly, how to best keep staff and students healthy and safe while providing the most complete educational program possible. The committee will meet again July 23.

The decision-making process will include ample input from the Liberty community; the district will host a virtual community forum to discuss reopening options (tentatively set for 7 p.m. July 28), and a community survey will be conducted.

Meanwhile, many unknowns remain – the COVID-19 pandemic is not resolved and many mandated health and safety protocols, including masks, social distancing, and other measures, will very likely still be in place come September.

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that a decision about the fall reopening of schools will be announced during the first week of August. State officials are currently consulting with stakeholders on guidance. All state school districts must submit their individual reopening plans to the state by July 31.

Free student meals available during summer break

A cartoon of children playing in a park, with information about summer meal distributionTo ensure no child goes hungry over the summer, the Liberty Central School District is providing a free and nutritious breakfast and lunch to kids and teens throughout the summer break.

Meals are available for pick up 9-11 a.m. each weekday morning at Liberty High School.

Parents are welcome to pick up food for their children, or kids can come on their own. Look for our Grab and Go spot at the High School and have a wonderful, healthy summer!

This is the seventh consecutive year that Liberty CSD has offered the program. Meals are provided to all children to age 18 years old without charge, there are no income requirements, and children and teens do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Schools to receive the meals.

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.
  • 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.

Elementary


Middle School


  • 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

From our Superintendent: LHS graduation update

Dear Liberty School Family,

As graduation nears, I join the Class of 2020 and their families in disappointment that COVID-19 interrupted their senior year and caused the cancellation of so many important events. It has not been fair.

Please know that everyone here in the Liberty Central School District has been working hard to make sure that our graduating seniors are celebrated. As soon as it became clear that New York State’s coronavirus safety protocols would make it impossible to hold a traditional June commencement, an LHS Graduation Committee made up of students, teachers, parents and administrators has been at work planning an alternative.

After many hours of meetings and collaboration, Liberty High School Principal Derek Adams  shared the Committee’s proposal for the 2020 Virtual Graduation with me. I approved this event for our seniors. I know it is not the graduation we envisioned, but it was planned with tremendous love for our students.

I do not know what the coming months will bring and if current restrictions on gatherings will be lifted. However, if it becomes possible to safely gather the Class of 2020 and their families, while adhering to the Governor’s orders, we will host an additional live graduation event.

The Virtual Graduation will take place as scheduled and we hope it creates special memories for all our families. Meanwhile, Mr. Adams and the Graduation Committee will begin planning for a live graduation celebration which will take place as soon as we have the opportunity.

I miss our students, and it would be wonderful to see our seniors together again.

With Liberty Pride,

Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore 
Superintendent of Schools

Outdoor athletic facilities re-open for limited use

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.

Want to Run for the Board of Education? Deadline Extended to May 11

The deadline to declare candidacy for the Liberty Central School District Board of Education has been extended and the process simplified as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

District voters will elect three candidates to the Board of Elections. Typically, candidates must collect signatures on a nominating petition in order to to be on the ballot. This year, though, in an executive order issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot. The order also waives the requirement to collect signatures.

Candidates must still  meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the Liberty Central School District continuously for one year prior to the election.

Residents interested in running for the school board must contact District Clerk Tania DeFrank at tdefrank@libertyk12.org or at 845-292-6990.   All self nominations must be received by Mrs. DeFrank prior to the close of business of Monday May 11, 2020.

Candidates will vie for one three three-year terms on the Board of Education effective July 1, 2020 and expiring on June 30, 2023. Those seats are currently held by  Barbara A. Kelly, Robert “Keith” Torrens and Anthony R. Sinacore.

Candidates run at-large, and the three candidates with the highest number of votes will win seats.

NYS Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his May 1 press briefing that New York schools will remain closed through the end of the school year to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Our teachers have been in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials and will continue to do so throughout this extended closure in accordance with the district’s plan for continuing instruction. The district’s food service department will continue to provide student meals.

Childcare is available for those parents and guardians who are considered essential workers during this closure.

We appreciate families’ patience and flexibility during this time. We know this is a challenging time for everyone. The district will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

This is Hard: Liberty’s Counselors are Here for You

These recent weeks have been difficult ones for everyone.  The time is unprecedented, the demands often overwhelming, and the unknowns equally as unsettling. The School Counselors, Social Workers, and School Psychologists want to remind you that we are here for you and always available to provide social and emotional support and resources.

If you are struggling with stress or anxiety, simply want to talk or ‘see’ a supportive face, please email us and we will set up a phone call or time to meet face-to-face over Google Hangout so that we can provide appropriate resources to you. 

Scroll this post and you’ll find contact information for counselors in the elementary, middle and highs schools along with the phone numbers for several hotlines.

We know this is tough, but we can get through it together.

With Liberty Pride,

  • Dr. Timothy Wade, Director of Student Services: 292-5400, ext. 5112
  • Ms. Sheila Wormuth,Director of Guidance: 292-5400, ext. 2034

Liberty Elementary School

  • Alanna Newman, Social Worker: 845-747-0781
  • Mary Bayer, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2523
  • Jim O’Connor, School Counselor: 292-5400, ext. 3251

Liberty Middle School

  • Michelle Behrman, School Counselor 5/6: : 292-5400, ext. 2310
  • Linda Krokus, School Counselor 7/8: 292-5400, ext. 2110
  • Jill Buday, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2027
  • Lynne Diener, Social Worker: 845-391-2758

Liberty High School

  • Kellie While, School Counselor A-F: 292-5400, ext. 2009
  • Meaghan Hazen, School Counselor G-O: 292-5400, ext. 2007
  • Kellie White, School Counselor P-Z: 292-5400, ext. 2010
  • Amy Dworetsky, School Psychologist: 292-5400, ext. 2321

24 Hour Mobile Mental Health

  • 845-790-0911
  • 800-710-7083

Children’s Crisis Outreach

  • 845-701-3777

NYS COVID-19 Mental Health Hotline

  • 844-863-9314

Elementary Music Class is Online: Visit Mr. Seger’s Google Site

Mr. Seger has updated the elementary music site with many activities to do at home.

Music can help us express many of our emotions and feelings. Today there are many different emotions that we need to express. To do this we only need our voices or some simple “instruments”.

Liberty Music Teacher Mr. Seger and Ms. Ward have updated their Music Google site to include video and suggestions for things that can be done at home while students cannot be in school.
This is a great way to focus on your creativity and continue your learning at home, and we can’t wait to see what our students think about these activities!

 

 

 

 

Elementary Art Class is Online: Visit Mrs. Euker’s Google Site

A woman stand by a sign that says "Keep Creating" with a red cat at her feet
Mrs. Euker says “Keep Creating!”

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.

Liberty Elementary Art Teacher Mrs. Euker has created LES Online Art Class, and there are great activities for her students. The media can be just about anything -pencil, crayon, watercolor, marker, whatever you have available.
This is a great way to focus on your creativity and continue your learning at home, and we can’t wait to see what our students create!

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