SCHOOL IS CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 29, 2020; STUDENT MEALS PROVIDED

The Liberty Central School District, will remain closed through April 29, 2020. STUDENT MEALS will be provided throughout the closure.  | CHILDCARE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS is also available. |  LSCD SERVICES and RESOURCES DURING COVID-19.

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
  • My School is Closed Today: A digital picture book for very young students

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


ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Your Assignment for April 6-14 is to GET CREATIVE!

Hello Liberty Students!

You have a fun and creative assignment for April 6-14!

These are challenging times. How are you learning at home, staying connected while social distancing, or keeping your family healthy? Show us with a Creative Project – a photograph, a journal entry, a painting, a sculpture, a poem, a piece of music, a meme collage, a Tik-Tok video, anything you like! Use the materials you have at home and your imagination. Just express yourself!

This Creative Project is to be completed April 6-14 and submitted no later than April 17 by email (text video, or a photo of your project). If you can’t email it can be turned in when school resumes.

This is a flexible and creative assignment that can be completed anytime from April 6-14 as your schedule permits.

Email your Creative Project to:

If you are a middle or high school student please remember that your Google Classroom assignments are very important. Use this time to complete them. If you are unable to get to the Creative Project, that’s ok. 

We miss you, and can’t wait to see what you create!

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.

Childcare Volunteers Needed for Children of Essential Workers

Volunteers are still needed to staff two childcare centers for the children of essential workers. Several Liberty families have requested this service, which provides free childcare to support the critical work of healthcare workers and first responders as  we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.

County school districts are working in cooperation with the Sullivan County Child Care Council, Sullivan County Government, SUNY Sullivan and Sullivan BOCES to provide this service

There are two childcare locations, SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake and the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. Games, movies and other forms of engagement for the children will be provided.

Needed from the Liberty community is an administrator to help oversee the program and two volunteers to work with the children on a rotating basis. If you can volunteer, please email Dr. Patrick Sullivan at psullivan@libertyk12.org and include the hours and dates that you are available and your contact information, including email and phone number.

March 31 BOE virtual meeting information

The next Board of Education meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  The Board will enter into an executive session meeting immediately and the regular meeting will resume at 7:00 p.m.  The agenda will be available on Board Docs on Monday, March 30, 2020.

To join the meeting click on https://zoom.us/j/363675164

Meeting ID: 363 675 164
Password: 616925

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LHS Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19, Last Contact with School was March 13

The Liberty Central District learned today, March 24, that a member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19.

This positive diagnosis of an adult is the district’s first confirmed case of COVID-19. The adult, who is recovering at home, works in the High School and was last on school grounds on March 13. The district has been closed to students since March 12, and all school buildings are being thoroughly sanitized and disinfected.

The Sullivan County Department of Health has been notified. As positive diagnoses of  COVID-19 rise throughout New York State, it is likely that reports of persons testing positive with COVID-19 will continue to emerge in our local communities as well.

“The reality is it’s here, just as it is in many other places,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore. “We must continue to take the advice of health experts and practice social distancing, proper hand-washing, and other preventative measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.”

COVID-19 causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Many people with COVID-19 recover fully at home. Older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications.

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

By Executive Order, the public school districts of Sullivan County have developed emergency child care plans for essential workers. 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 plan calls for a service by appointment where children can be dropped off and picked up by their parents. The primary site for essential workers to bring their children will be the RISE Building at Catskill Regional Medical Center. The plan is meant to serve those essential workers for whom child care has become a burden during the response to COVID-19.

Completion of the Child Care Survey for Essential Workers is the first step to identify the need within the county. You will be contacted directly by the program coordinators with further information.

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.

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

Homework for extended school closing to be distributed March 18-19

March 16, 2020: Liberty Central School District teachers have worked hard in recent days to put together educational materials and meaningful activities for students to complete at home during this time away from the classroom.

Packets of classwork will be distributed 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18  and Thursday, March 19. Please stop by your child’s school during those hours to pick up their work.

Google Classroom assignments for Middle and High School students are available now. (Learn more about Google Classroom)

We are also working to make sure that our students receive healthy meals while schools are closed. We will have an announcement about breakfast and lunch distribution later this week.

To request student meals while school is closed, or if you do not have internet access at home, please call us at 292-5400, extension 2031.

We would also like to remind our families that school, including school grounds, is closed. This includes playgrounds, fields and all facilities.

Thank you again for your continued patience as we navigate this challenging time together. We will continue to share updates here on our website, our Facebook page, and through our school messaging system.

As always, Liberty Pride.

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