Liberty employee tests positive, not on school grounds since Sept. 3

Dear LCSD parents and guardians,

The district has learned that an employee of the district has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee, who is assigned to the Elementary School, has not been on school grounds since Sept. 3. No students were yet attending school. 

Sullivan County Public Health Services, which notified the district of the individual’s positive test results, is not advising any other district individuals to quarantine or be tested at this time.

All students are temperature checked upon arrival and staff members are screened for symptoms and risk factors at the start of each school day. 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 us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify 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. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, can be directed to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

Thank you,

Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore
Superintendent of Schools

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COVID-19 Notification | Sept. 2 visitor to Elementary School has tested positive

Today, the district was informed that a person who was in the Elementary School on Sept. 2 has tested positive for COVID-19.

The individual attended an orientation from 1:30-2 p.m. During the event, everyone in attendance wore masks, socially distanced, and the door and a window in the classroom were open, allowing for the circulation of fresh air.

All parents, guardians and Liberty staff members who may have been in contact with the person have been individually notified by the building principal and the school nurse.

Sullivan County Public Health Services has advised the district that because  precautionary protocols were observed the risk of transmission to anyone else at the Sept. 2 orientation is low. Out of an abundance of caution the Health Department has advised that the orientation attendees and teacher be tested for COVID-19 and quarantine.

The district is working closely with the Health Department and following all guidance provided by them. 

Privacy laws prohibit the district from disclosing further details. Please be assured that our priority is to protect the health and safety of our students and staff.

Thank you,
Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore, Superintendent of Schools

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What you need to know about riding the school bus in the new school year (with video)

The Liberty Central School District is enacting several new transportation protocols to help keep our students safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For students beginning school in-person on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10

  • If your child will be going to a location other than the home address provided, you must notify the school’s main office by 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4. (Unless you have already done so this school year.)
  • After Sept. 4, change requests must be made in writing to the school office:
    – Change requests received before the second Friday of the current month will take effect on the fourth Friday of the current month.
    – Change requests received between the second and fourth Friday of the current month will take effect on the second Friday of the following month.
  • Change requests cannot be made by the school without proper prior notice, as outlined above, to the bus company.

For all Students

  • Students will socially distance while on the bus and will sit in assigned seats.
  • Masks must be worn.
  • Department of Health school bus capacity restrictions means there is a strict limit on how many students can ride a bus. Rolling V, which provides bus service for our students, will need advance notice for all changes to student transportation requests.
  • Change requests cannot be made last minute nor on a daily basis. If your child cannot ride their scheduled route, you will need to arrange transportation.
  • Families must provide prior notification to the school (Elementary, Middle, or High) of any permanent transportation changes.
  • Check out this video, which explains what the new safety procedures will look like:

Reopening with Liberty Pride Community Forums to be held Aug. 13, Aug. 19, Aug. 20

District leaders have scheduled two additional Reopening with Liberty Pride Virtual Community Forums to answer questions and provide information to our Liberty families about reopening for the 2020-21 school year.

Community forums will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, and 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. Here’s how to remote in:

Reopening with Liberty Pride Community Forums

1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13

Join with Zoom

One tap mobile

  • +19294362866,,93267378795#,,,,,,0#,,4425539# US (New York)

dial in by phone

  • +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
  • Meeting ID: 932 6737 8795
  • Passcode: 4425539

6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19

Join with Zoom

One tap mobile

  • +19294362866,,94826862800#,,,,,,0#,,3493276# US (New York)

dial in by phone

  • +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
  • Meeting ID: 948 2686 2800
  • Passcode: 3493276

2:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20

Join with Zoom

One tap mobile

  • +19294362866,,94542700626#,,,,,,0#,,4859719# US (New York)

Dial in by phone

  •  1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
  • Meeting ID: 945 4270 0626
  • Passcode: 4859719

PARENT/GUARDIAN CHOICE FORM | Please complete by Friday, Aug. 14

Thank you to everyone who took part in The Liberty Central School District’s Follow-Up School Community survey. The input we receive from parents and guardians is guiding our decisions as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year.

The results of our most recent survey show that approximately 50 percent of Liberty families prefer to keep their children home every day for remote instruction, and the other 50 percent want their children to attend school in our school buildings this fall.

To help the district finalize our reopening plans, please complete the Parent/Guardian Choice Form before Friday, Aug. 14. Please fill out a form for each school building (Elementary, Middle and High School) which your children attend.

Parent/Guardian Choice Form links:

From the High School Principal; Return to school options and information

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.  We continue to try to maintain a sense of normalcy for our return for the 2020-2021 school year, while keeping everyone’s safety in the forefront of our planning and preparation.

Although we sent communication that had stated we would send student schedules this week, we feel it is important to take an additional step to respond to the needs of our parents/guardians and students.  This has led us to re-evaluate whether parents will elect to send their children to school for in person instruction or remote instruction, when given the choice.

As of now, no decision has been made and we are soliciting you (parents/guardians) to see which plan you prefer. Results of the recent LCSD Follow-Up School Community survey indicated that approximately 50 percent of our families prefer a virtual instructional model, and 50 percent want a model where their child will receive instruction in school.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the expectations for all options of instruction while providing directions of how to choose the option you think is best for your child. The form you will be asked to submit will gather student-specific information from parents/guardians to finalize our reopening opportunities.

  • If you choose remote learning, your child will be expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes remotely (from home) every day.  Remote instruction will be synchronous and follow the student period schedule of times and classes.  If full-remote instruction is requested, households will only be able to opt back into in-person learning on a quarterly basis starting on the first day of the next quarter after the request was submitted.
  • If you choose in-person learning, your child will attend school two (2) to five (5) days per week with in-person instruction at Liberty High School depending on capacity limitations.  If you choose in-person instruction, your child must abide by all health and safety requirements, including daily temperature checks.  All students must wear a mask (unless proper medical documentation is provided) and social distance while in school.  Students will be expected to follow all rules set forth by the school to ensure safety for all.
  • Regardless of in-person or remote learning, the academic expectations, daily attendance, and the student period schedule of times and classes will remain the same for all students.  More information about these expectations will accompany the student schedules when sent.

Please go to the LCSD Website and complete the LHS Parent/Guardian Choice form for your child/children indicating  whether you want your child to participate in full remote instruction or full in-person instruction by Friday, August 14, 2020. Please note that a form must be submitted for all children enrolled at each school building.

Thank you for your continued support.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Stay safe, and healthy.

All the best,

Derek Adams
Principal
Twitter and Instagram- @LibertyHS_NY

 

From the Middle School Principal; Remote and in-person learning for 2020-21

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.  We continue to try to maintain a sense of normalcy for our return for the 2020-2021 school year, while keeping everyone’s safety in the forefront of our planning and preparation.

Although we sent communication that had stated we would send student schedules this week, we feel it is important to take an additional step to respond to the needs of our parents/guardians and students.  This has led us to re-evaluate whether parents will elect to send their children to school for in person instruction or remote instruction, when given the choice.  As of now, no decision has been made and we are soliciting you (parents/guardians) to see which plan you prefer.

Results of the recent LCSD Follow-Up School Community survey indicated that approximately 50 percent of our families prefer a virtual instructional model, and 50 percent want a model where their child will receive instruction in school.  The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the expectations for all options of instruction while providing directions of how to choose the option you think is best for your child. The form you will be asked to submit will gather student-specific information from parents/guardians to finalize our reopening opportunities.

  • If you choose remote learning, your child will be expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes remotely (from home) every day.  Remote instruction will be synchronous and follow the student period schedule of times and classes.  If full-remote instruction is requested, households will only be able to opt back into in-person learning on a quarterly basis starting on the first day of the next quarter after the request was submitted.
  • If you choose in-person learning, your child will attend school two (2) to five (5) days per week with in-person instruction at Liberty Middle School depending on capacity limitations.  If you choose in-person instruction, your child must abide by all health and safety requirements, including daily temperature checks.  All students must wear a mask (unless proper medical documentation is provided) and social distance while in school.  Students will be expected to follow all rules set forth by the school to ensure safety for all.
  • Regardless of in-person or remote learning, the academic expectations, daily attendance, and the student period schedule of times and classes will remain the same for all students.  More information about these expectations will accompany the student schedules when sent.

Please complete the LMS Parent/Guardian Choice form for your child/children indicating whether you want your child to participate in full remote instruction or full in-person instruction by Friday, August 14, 2020.  Please note that a form must be submitted for all children enrolled at each school building.

Thank you for your continued support.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Stay safe, and healthy.

Sincerely,
HCheh

From the Elementary Principal: Remote and in-person learning for 2020-21

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. As new information is received from the governor and NYSED, we continually review and revise our plans in order to give you the best options for student learning in the safest and most productive school environment.

The recent results of the LCSD Follow-Up School Community Survey has prompted us to gather specific information from LCSD families about their preference for receiving instruction in the upcoming year. The survey indicated that approximately 50 percent of our families prefer a virtual instructional model, and 50 percent want a model where their child will receive instruction in school. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the expectations for remote and in person learning.

This letter also provides a link to a form called, LES Parent/Guardian Choice:  2020-21 Virtual or In-Person Instruction, along with directions for submitting the form so that I know the option you would most like for your child.

  • If you choose remote learning, your child will be expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes remotely (from home) every day. Remote instruction will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous and your child will be assigned a teacher to provide scheduled lessons every day. If remote instruction is requested, households will only be able to opt back into in-person learning on a trimester basis starting on the first day of the next trimester after the request was submitted.
  • If you choose in-person learning, your child will attend school in person 2-5 days per week, as assigned and outlined in the reopening plan for Liberty Elementary School. On days when your child is out of school, they would be expected to participate remotely. If you choose in-person instruction, your child must abide by all health and safety requirements, including daily temperature checks. All students must wear a mask (unless proper medical documentation is provided) and social distance while in school.  Students will be expected to follow all rules set forth by the school to ensure safety for all.
  • Regardless of in-person or remote learning, the academic expectations, expectations for participation in lessons and activities, expectations for attendance and requirements to follow the class schedule will be the same for all students.

More information about these expectations will be provided to individual students when class schedules have been finalized.

Please respond by Friday, August 14, 2020 by visiting the LCSD Website and completing the LES Parent/Guardian Choice: 2020-21 Virtual or In-Person Instruction form let us know your instructional model preference for your elementary school child/children.

Please note that the form can be used to submit your preference for all children in your household who are enrolled at Liberty Elementary School, but preferences for students in the middle school and high school require a separate form.

Thank you for your continued support.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the main office of Liberty Elementary School, 845-292-5400 extension 2030.

Stay safe and healthy.

All the Best,
Jacqueline S. Harris

Coming Soon: More community forums about the 2020-21 school year

The Liberty Central School District will host additional community forums to share information about the 2020-21 school year and answer questions from parents, students, and the community.

Planning continues for the reopening of Liberty schools during the current COVID-19 health crisis. A community forum was held July 28 and was recorded. It can be viewed here.

The July 28 community forum can also be viewed in Spanish.

Additional forums will be held in August. The dates and times will be announced on this website and to parents and district staff through the LCSD direct messaging system.

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