UPDATE: Contact tracing finds nine LES classrooms, two staffers, must quarantine

Today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Liberty Central School District received additional guidance from Sullivan County Public Health Services in response to an Elementary School staff member testing positive for COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving recess.

The district has been advised by Public Health Services that contact tracing should begin Nov. 24, the last day the individual who tested positive was on school grounds. As a result of contact tracing, the district found that students from nine classrooms and two additional staff members may have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Parents and guardians of those students were contacted today by a building principal, administrator, or school nurse. The students were sent home prepared to learn remotely and will quarantine for 14 days, as per Health Department guidelines.

The two staff members who were in contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 have also begun a 14-day quarantine period.

The district believes the quarantined students and staff members will return to school Dec. 9, but that date will ultimately be determined by the Department of Health.

Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to  people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

Privacy laws restrict the district from identifying anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed.

Please contact your building administrators if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your family physician or to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

LES staff member tests positive for COVID-19 over Thanksgiving recess | No interruption in instruction

The district learned this evening, Nov. 30, that a Liberty Elementary School staff member tested positive for COVID-19 over the recent Thanksgiving recess. The staff member has not been on school grounds since Nov. 24.

Instruction has not been interrupted and Liberty Elementary School will open as scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The district is working closely with Sullivan County Public Health Services and will follow its guidance regarding what, if any, additional steps need to be taken. We will continue to keep the community informed if the situation changes. Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

Parents and guardians of students who may have been in close contact at school with an individual who has tested positive are contacted by a building principal, administrator, or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

Privacy laws restrict us from identifying anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed.

Please contact your building administrators if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your family physician or to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

Substitute teacher, last in LES on Nov. 17, tests positive for COVID-19

The district has learned that a substitute teacher has tested positive for COVID-19.

The substitute was last in Liberty Elementary School on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Contact tracing has been completed and 10 individuals were found to have been in direct contact with the substitute teacher. Those individuals have been advised to quarantine as per Sullivan County Public Health guidelines.

The substitute was also working in the elementary school on Monday, Nov. 16, but health officials deemed that the substitute was not considered contagious that day.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus.

Staff members and parents and guardians of students who may have been in close contact at school with a person who has tested positive are individually notified by a building principal, administrator or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Three members of LCSD school community test positive for COVID-19 | Liberty High School goes all remote, reopens Dec. 2

On  Thursday, Nov. 19, the Liberty Central School District was notified that three members of the LCSD community have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in the closure of the High School for in-person instruction through Tuesday, Dec. 1.  All classes will be held remotely.

The high school will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 20 and all classes will be taught remotely. The high school will reopen to students for in-person instruction Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The elementary school and the middle school remain open for in-person instruction and students should attend classes as scheduled.

The three individuals who tested positive were last on Liberty campuses Nov. 17. Two of the individuals were in the high school; one individual was in the elementary school.

Contact tracing by Sullivan County Public Health determined that a substantial number of Liberty High School staff members will need to quarantine, making it impossible to adequately staff the building for in-person instruction.

Quarantine requirements at the elementary school affect a single classroom and students who may have ridden the bus with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.  The affected classroom has been closed and students in the class will receive remote instruction through Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Parents and guardians of students who may have been in close contact at school or on a school bus with an individual who has tested positive will be individually notified by a building principal, administrator, or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus.

Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about how to be tested for COVID-19, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Middle School Student, not on campus since Oct. 13, tested positive for COVID-19

The district has just learned that in mid-October a middle school student tested positive for COVID-19. A family spokesperson recently provided the district with this information.

The student, who attends school on a hybrid schedule, exhibited cold-like symptoms while at school on Oct. 13 and was sent home.

Subsequently, a test for COVID-19 was administered by a health care provider and the student tested positive for the coronavirus. Those results were not shared with the district.

The student has not returned to school and will continue to attend classes remotely until the student is given clearance to return to school by the Department of Health.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus.

Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services reach out to individuals who may be at risk for contracting the coronavirus via interaction with someone who has tested positive and advise them of what steps to take.

Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Tips for a fun and safe Halloween from the NYS Department of Health

This year, the best way to celebrate Halloween is to have fun with the people who live in your household. Decorating your house or apartment, carving pumpkins, playing Halloween-themed  games, watching spooky movies and trick-or-treating through your house or in a backyard scavenger  hunt are all fun and healthy ways to celebrate during this time.

The New York State Department of Health suggests these creative ways to celebrate more safely:

  • Organize a virtual Halloween costume party with costumes and games.
  • Have a neighborhood car parade or vehicle caravan where families show off their costumes  while staying socially distanced and remaining in their cars.
  • In cities or apartment buildings, communities can come together to trick-or-treat around the  block or other outdoor spaces so kids and families aren’t tempted to trick-or-treat inside – building residents and businesses can contribute treats that are individually wrapped and placed on tables outside of the front door of the building, or in the other outdoor space for grab and go trick-or-treating.
  • Consider non-candy Halloween treats that your trick or-treaters will love, such as spooky or glittery stickers, magnets, temporary tattoos, pencils, bookmarks, glow sticks or mini notepads.
  • Create a home or neighborhood scavenger hunt where parents or guardians give their kids candy when they find each “clue.”
  • Go all out to decorate your house this year. Have a neighborhood contest for the best decorated house.
  • Carve and decorate pumpkins at home.
  • Play Halloween-themed games with members of your household.
  • Watch spooky movies.

If you do celebrate outside your home follow these  simple Do’s and Don’ts to keep your family and your community safe and healthy.

Do:

  • Enjoy virtual celebrations or socially distanced activities that are outdoors as much as possible.
  • Trick-or-treat only with your household family group. Consider a  family costume theme!
  • Always stay socially distanced from those who are not living in your household.
  • If you give out treats, avoid direct contact with  trick-or-treaters. Give treats outdoors. Set up a station with individually bagged  or packaged treats for kids to take.
  • Participate in one-way trick or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined  up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).
  • It is best to take candy only if it is individually wrapped in a sealed wrapper or baggy, and is available to grab and go placed separately from other candies, so kids can easily pick up treats without touching candy another child will take (e.g., no bowls).
  • If setting a grab and go station, set it six feet from your front door, so  trick or treaters know they will not be in close contact with  anyone at the location.
  •  All individuals over age 2 and able to medically tolerate a face covering must wear face coverings or cloth masks. Most Halloween masks won’t be sufficient to meet Department of  Health guidance, so ensure you wear a face covering that provides adequate protection.
  • Incorporate your face covering into a costume, but remember, a face covering must always be made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and  nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  •  Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before, during and after any activities.
  • Consider carrying hand sanitizer or leaving some out for your treat-or-treaters to use.
  • Only give out, or pick up, commercially wrapped treats that  are sealed.

Don’t:

  • Trick-or-treat or leave out candy if you are sick, live with someone  who is sick, have been exposed to someone known to have  COVID-19 in the last 14 days, are under isolation or quarantine, or have traveled internationally or to a state affected by the NYS Travel Advisory in the last 14 days.
  • Participate in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed out at the door and where you cannot stay socially distanced.
  • Pick out candy from a bowl or receive candy directly from someone’s hands.
  • If there is crowding in front of a home, or if treats are directly  taken from a bowl or directly handed out from someone’s hands, skip that house.
  • Trick-or-treat in crowded streets or neighborhoods where social distance cannot be maintained. Avoid crowding in elevators, hallways or stairwells.
  • Trick-or-treat in large groups.
  • Take candy from someone else’s bag.
  • Host or attend a party or event, indoors or outdoors, over the mass gathering limits set for your area. Events lasting several hours or that have people who have traveled from other areas where transmission is higher put your family most at risk of COVID-19. If you do go to an event and see a large crowd, or if there are others there who are not wearing face coverings or staying socially distanced, you should leave.
  • Wear a Halloween mask instead of a face covering, unless the  Halloween mask meets the face covering guidance.
  • Wear a Halloween costume mask over a cloth face mask; it can  make it difficult to breathe. Instead, skip the costume mask this year and choose a cloth face mask that compliments your costume.
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LHS student, attending classes remotely, tests positive for COVID-19 | Instruction at High School continues without interruption

The district learned Thursday, Oct. 22, that a Liberty High School student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student attends school from home on a fully remote schedule and has not attended in-person classes this school year. The student participated in an outdoor activity on the High School campus on Oct. 15 where masks were worn and social distancing was observed, and health officials say the student was not contagious for the virus at that time.

The High School remains open and Sullivan County Public Health Services (SCPHS) has not called for the quarantine or testing of any Liberty students or staff members as a result of this student’s positive test results. Contact tracers from SCPHS reach out to individuals who may be at risk for contracting the coronavirus via interaction with someone who has tested positive, and advise them of what steps to take.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed when a member of our school community tests positive for the coronavirus via our mass messaging system and the district’s website. Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Middle School student, not on campus this school year, tests positive for COVID 19

The Liberty Central School District Office learned on Monday, Oct. 19, that a Middle School student has tested positive for the coronavirus. The student has not attended in-person classes this school year.

Sullivan County Public Health Services (SCPHS) has not called for the quarantine or testing of any Liberty students or staff members as a result of this student’s positive test results. Contact tracers from SCPHS reach out to individuals who may be at risk for contracting the coronavirus via interaction with someone who has tested positive, and advise them of what steps to take.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed. Health notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

If you would like more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to your family’s doctor or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Middle School student, last on campus Oct. 6, tests positive for COVID-19 | LMS classes continue as scheduled

The district learned late Friday, Oct. 16 that a Liberty Middle School student has tested positive for COVID-19.

At the time of test the student was already in quarantine and had not attended school during  an infectious period. The student was last in school on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Sullivan County Public Health Services is not recommending that any additional Middle School students or staff quarantine.

Liberty Middle School remains open and no interruption in instruction is expected. The district will continue to follow the guidance of Sullivan County health officials.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website. Notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

Privacy laws restrict the disclosure or confirmation of any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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LES student tests positive for COVID-19 | School expected to remain open

A Liberty Elementary School student has tested positive for COVID-19, and one LES classroom will go to remote learning for two weeks while the student’s classmates and several teachers are in quarantine as directed by the Sullivan County Department of Health.

The district learned late Friday, Oct. 16 that the student, who was last in school Wednesday, Oct. 14, had tested positive. The teacher and students in the affected classroom were immediately contacted by district officials.

The student also rode the Brown Sneaker bus on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 13 and the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 14. The parents/guardians of students who were on that bus were also contacted.

Over the next few days, contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also contact anyone deemed at risk or in close or prolonged contact with the student who tested positive for COVID-19 and will advise them of what steps to take.

At this time, all other Liberty Elementary students are expected to continue to attend in-person classes as scheduled, and the Middle and High School both remain open. However, additional measures may be required as details emerge, and we will follow the advice of health officials.

We will keep the community informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website.

Liberty Elementary School is divided into small Learning Pods, and interactions are limited to students within their Pods. This Learning Pod system enables health officials and district leadership to readily identify individuals who may be exposed.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed. Health notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

Details about our health, safety, and sanitizing protocols can be found in the Liberty Central School District Reopening Plan, which is posted on the district website. Privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Please also refer to the PreK-Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit for guidance from the New York State Department of Health about when to stay home and when, after a COVID-19 diagnosis, your student can return to school.

If you would like more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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