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Updates from Liberty ISD

20 days ago

May 7, 2020

Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,

First and foremost, I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  We want all of you to know how much we miss all of our students. Progress reports will be mailed out today, as required by the State, and will reflect participation and completion of weekly academic opportunities during the fourth nine-week period that have been monitored and documented by campus teachers and attested to by students and parents.  Adequate student participation in said academic opportunities will result in a notation of “Progress” on the fourth nine-week progress report.  Lack of participation will result in a “No Progress” being notated on the progress report. Students will not receive a numeric or letter grade for the fourth nine-weeks grading period.  Instead, students will receive a Spring Semester Average Grade based on the Temporary Grading Policies established by the District as outlined in the Flowcharts and Policies that will be enclosed in the mailing and that can be found on the District’s website under the Covid-19 Updates/Distance Learning/Educational Support tab.  Thank you for your continued flexibility, patience and support as we work together to ensure our community is safe and our students continue their learning.  Your efforts to facilitate instruction and participate in virtual Learning Communities during this closure period is immensely appreciated.  You make all the difference!

 

Cody Abshier

Superintendent of Schools

Liberty Independent School District

 


April 29, 2020

On Monday, May 4, 2020 the Liberty ISD Education Foundation will generously hand out, free of charge, fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning projects to every LISD student in Pre-K through 5th grades in the packet pick-up lines.  Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will receive a farming activity crate.  Students in 1st - 3rd grades will receive a gravity car crate, and students in 4th and 5th grades will receive an automaton crate.  These STEM learning activities are for students using both the paper packets and students using the online learning resources.  The STEM projects can be picked up at Liberty Middle School in the packet pick-up line from 10:00 - 1:00 or from 5:00 - 7:00 on Monday, May 4, 2020.  Please take advantage of this opportunity which will give your students the chance to learn something new and fun while at home.  The Liberty ISD Education Foundation is a local non-profit organization geared towards helping Liberty ISD students.


April 17, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

Please read the statement below from TEA. In the coming days, Liberty Independent School District will provide further, more detailed information, on matters such as graduation, GPA, grade promotion, summer school, online lessons, paper packets, etc.

We thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff.

Sincerely,

Cody Abshier, Ed.D.

Superintendent


April 5, 2020

Liberty ISD School Nurse, Kim Hurst wants to answer student questions about COVID-19. Click here for students to submit their questions. We will post questions and answers each Friday on the main COVID-19 page. 

 March 31, 2020

Liberty ISD will be following the Governor's directive today that all Texas schools will be closed for traditional learning until May 4.  Liberty ISD will continue utilizing Distance Learning and performing essential operations during the interim.


March 30, 2020

Liberty ISD Satellite Sites for Curbside Food Pickup

 Beginning daily on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, food can be picked up at the following satellite sites:

 St. Miles Baptist Church – 120 US-90 East, Ames ---- 10:30 – 11:00 AM

 Bethel Assembly of God Church – 4606 FM 563, Liberty ---- 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

 

March 26, 2020

LISD Family,

We hope that you are all doing well and staying safe.  We just wanted to reiterate that curbside meals are available from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday-Friday at the Liberty Middle School Bus drop-off should you need them.  Also please remember that all of the assignments that we are providing are not for a grade right now.  Our focus is on keeping our students engaged and not to add stress. We will continue to check on our students and provide help and support in multiple ways throughout our time apart. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


March 26, 2020

During this current pandemic of COVID-19 and its potential for community spread, our federal and state governments have made several legislative changes to make it easier for you to access your medical provider remotely through Telemedicine.  If you need to see your provider or ask questions about symptoms and illness, as well as other routine medical conditions, call your provider and inquire about a telemedicine visit. Local providers currently offering these services include:

Firm Foundations Healthcare (Brandon SmIth, Mary Poston, Elissa Jacobs)

Health Center of Southeast Texas (Dorothy Carleton, Liwayway Guadalquiver)

Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center Clinic (@ the local hospital)

 Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Clinic (Steve Ellerbee, Don Callens)


March 24, 2020

County Judge Jay Knight’s stay-at-home order does not prevent Liberty ISD from continuing to provide daily curbside meal pick-up and weekly Monday instructional packet pick-up from Liberty Middle School.  We appreciate Judge Knight for crafting the order in such a way that allows Liberty ISD to continue these services for our students.



March 18, 2020

LISD Families,

We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue preparations to begin providing home-based Educational Opportunities to our students beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  We fully anticipate that even though we are trying our best, some of our plans, procedures and delivery methods may need to be adjusted as we move forward.  We also anticipate adding additional services and supports above and beyond Monday’s initial offerings in the coming weeks as we move through this challenge together.

LISD has created a webpage, which can be found by visiting www.libertyisd.net, dedicated to COVID-19/Distance Learning/Educational Opportunities.  We will continue to communicate using Skylert, but the dedicated webpage will have any updates or messages sent out by the district as well.

Soon you will receive specific instructions from campus Principals on how best to access the educational opportunities and supports that each of our schools will be providing for your student(s). At this time, records such as attendance, grades, etc. will not be affected while we operate in this non-traditional fashion. 

With our students out of school, life is going to look significantly different than it did just a few weeks ago.  We need to start by assuring them that it’s going to be okay.  We know from research that students need a solid daily routine to get their footing when faced with new environments and experiences. With this in mind, we wanted to offer a sample daily routine for you to consider. In a few weeks, you might not need this as much and you will have developed your own routine for the days at home. But until you come up with your own, here is an example with a few helpful tips: 

·         Instead of looking at large time blocks, make the day into short, manageable chunks (think 30 minute blocks).

·         Be flexible! Don’t stick to the time listed in our schedule – it’s more about flow. If the kids are playing nice – don’t stop them because the schedule says it’s snack time. Let it be.

·         Adjust this to fit your child – you know your kid(s) and what they need. You know how long they can tolerate certain activities. Adjust for them.

·         Don’t rely on screen time to save the day: use screens as your tool and reserve it for when it’s crucial

 

 

 

In closing, Liberty ISD appreciates your support and flexibility during this time.  We understand that closing schools poses many challenges for parents, students, and staff.  Our health and safety must be our top priority during this unique situation. Please continue to monitor your email and continue to follow www.libertyisd.net for regular updates. 

 

 

 

18 de marzo de 2020

Familias del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty (LISD),

Queremos agradecerles por su paciencia y comprensión mientras continuamos con los preparativos para iniciar las Oportunidades Educativas desde Casa para nuestros estudiantes, comenzando el lunes 23 de marzo de 2020. Nosotros totalmente anticipamos que a pesar de hacer nuestro mejor esfuerzo, algunos de nuestros planes, procedimientos y métodos de entrega puedan necesitar ajustes al seguir avanzado. Igualmente, anticipamos la incorporación de apoyos y servicios adicionales más allá de los ofrecidos inicialmente para el lunes en las semanas venideras, mientras recorremos este reto juntos.

LISD ha creado un sitio web que pueden encontrar visitando www.libertyisd.net, el cual está destinado para COVID-19/Aprendizaje a Distincia/Oportunidades Educativas. Seguiremos comunicándonos a través de Skylert, pero la mencionada página web contará con cualquier actualización o mesajes provenientes del distrito igualmente. 

Pronto recibirá instrucciones específicas de los directores de las escuelas sobre la mejor manera de acceder a las oportunidades educativas y apoyos que cada una de nuestras escuelas brindará para los estudiantes. En este momento, registros como la asistencia, notas (grados), etc, no se verán afectados mientras operemos de esta manera no-tradicional.

Con nuestros estudiantes fuera de la escuela, la vida se verá significamente diferente a la que conocíamos solo algunas semanas atrás. Debemos comenzar por asegurarles que todo va a estar bien. Sabemos gracias a investigaciones, que los estudiantes necesitan una sólida rutina diaria para sentirse cómodos al enfrentarse a nuevos ambientes y experiencias. Teniendo esto en cuenta, queremos ofrecerles un ejemplo de una rutina diaria para que lo considere. En algunas semanas, usted no lo necesitará tanto y ya habrá desarrollado su propia rutina para los días en casa. Pero hasta que usted cree una propia, a continuación se muestra un ejemplo con sugerencias beneficiosas:

·         En vez de observar grandes bloques de tiempo, transforme el día en pedazos cortos y manejables (piense en intervalos de 30 minutos).

·         ¡Sea flexible! No se limite al tiempo indicado en nuestro horario – se trata más de la fluidez. Si los(as) niños(as) están jugando agradablemente – no los detenga porque el horario dice que es la hora de la merienda. Déjelo ser.

·         Ajuste esta recomendación a su(s) hijos(as) – usted los conoce y sabe lo que necesitan. Usted sabe qué tanto tiempo pueden tolerar ciertas actividades. Ajuste para su coveniencia.

·         No se confíe del tiempo frente a una pantalla como una solución: úsela como herramienta y resérvela para cuando sea crucial.

 

En resumidas cuentas, Liberty ISD aprecia su apoyo y flexibilidad durante estos tiempos.  Nosotros entendemos que el cierre de las escuelas conlleva muchos retos para padres, estudiantes y empleados. Nuestra salud y seguridad debe ser nuestra prioridad número uno durante esta situación única. Por favor continue monitoreando su correo electrónico y siga www.libertyisd.net para actualizaciones regulares.

 

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 coronavirus update: 

Liberty ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through at least Friday, April 10 in an effort to support the nation’s need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A decision to resume normal operations thereafter will be made during the week of April 6. There will be no payroll interruptions for any staff regardless of the duration of this event.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined the need for all communities to implement a social distancing protocol. The President has publicly shared that the community should not gather in groups larger than 10 people. Liberty ISD will remain flexible as leaders plan for long-term delivery of instruction and continue to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation.  

Meanwhile, please continue to monitor your email and visit www.libertyisd.net and social media channels for more information on our continuing curbside feeding program and our pending plans to deliver educational resources/learning opportunities. The health of Liberty ISD students, staff and community is the District’s top priority and district leaders are working to ensure the community has the most current information available.


Actualización sobre el coronavirus COVID-19: 17 de marzo de 2020

 

El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty extenderá la suspensión de las operaciones normales del distrito hasta al menos el viernes 10 de abril, en esfuerzo de apoyar la necesidad de la nación para aplanar la curva de la pandemia del COVID-19. Una decisión para reanudar las operaciones a partir de la mencionada fecha, será tomada durante la semana del 6 de abril. No habrá interrupciones en el pago de la nómina para ningún empleado sin importar la duración de este evento.

Los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (el CDC, siglas en inglés) ha explicado en términos generales la necesidad de que todas las comunidades implementen un protocolo de distanciamiento social. El Presidente ha compartido públicamente que la comunidad no se debe reunir en grupos con más de 10 personas. El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty permanecerá flexible mientras los líderes planifican la instrucción con modalidad a distancia de largo plazo al igual que continúan navegando los múltiples detalles de esta situación sin precedente.

Mientras tanto, por favor continúe revisando su correo electrónico, visitando la página Web www.libertyisd.net y los canales de redes sociales para mayor información sobre nuestro programa de alimentación alternativo y nuestros planes pendientes para proporcionar recursos educativos/oportunidades de aprendizaje. La salud del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Liberty, la de nuestros empleados y de la comunidad es la prioridad principal del distrito y cuyos líderes están trabajando para asegurar que la comunidad cuente con la mayor información actualizada.

 

 

March 16, 2020

Monday March 16,2020

 

Dear LISD Parents, Grandparents and Guardians. This is an update on the current School closings: Please know that we are continuing to work closely with county and state officials and agencies regarding the COVID-19 virus. Our Administrators and Teachers are proactively preparing instructional materials for students to work on at home, should the current closure be extended. As previously announced, our intentions for next week will be communicated no later than the end of the business day on Thursday, March 19 2020.

Thank You

Liberty ISD Admin

 

Lunes Marzo 16,2020

 

 

Estimados Padres, Abuelos y Guardianes del Distrito Escolar de Liberty.  Esta es una nueva actualización sobre el cierre actual de las escuelas: Sepan que seguimos trabajando estrechamente con los funcionarios y agencias estatales con respecto al virus COVID-19. Nuestros Administradores y Maestros están preparando proactivamente materiales de instrucción para que los estudiantes trabajen en casa en caso de que se extienda el cierre actual. Como se anunció anteriormente, nuestras intenciones para la próxima semana se comunicarán a más tardar al final del día Jueves 19 de Marzo 2020.

 

Gracias

Administration de Liberty ISD


By Lindsay Matlock

Resources for Bilingual Students

FAQs

2 months ago

When do I pickup paper packets for student work? 

Paper packets are available each Monday at Liberty Middle School. Pickup times are 10AM - 1PM and 5PM - 7PM. 


When is student work posted? 

Digital content will be uploaded each Sunday evening for the week. 


I can't access my child's digital content. Who do I contact? 

Please email Lindsay Matlock at LLMatlock@LibertyISD.net with any issues accessing content. 


Student Questions about COVID-19 Answered by Kim Hurst, Liberty ISD Nurse

26 days ago

May 1, 2020

No questions were submitted this week so I'll just remind everyone to follow the guidelines to keep ourselves and others safe.  If you're going out to eat or to see a movie, keep your distance from others.  If you're sick, stay home!  I'm excited that things are opening up but we still need to be cautious!  Covid-19 isn't gone.  And as always.....keep washing your hands!


April 24, 2020

Hello again Panther Nation!  We've learned since our last Q&A session that we won't return to school this school year.  What a weird end of the year!  And the two questions for the week relate to that subject.

When will this outbreak end and when will we go back to school?

I wish I knew the answer to this question because I'm sure many people would love to know!  I'm tired of it, too.  It would be nice to go back to our routines before covid-19 but the truth is our routines will most likely be different for a while.  I hope we can return to school in August but I can't say for sure we will.  I mean, I never thought we would still be on "spring break"!  I think we're closer to figuring it out, but I have no idea on an actual date.


Are we going to get to graduate?

This one is out of my area but I'm sure everything possible will be done to make sure the seniors of 2020 will graduate!

Follow up on a question from last week....Two pet cats have tested positive for covid-19 in New York (in different areas).  So it looks like pets can get it.  Protect you AND your pets!


I enjoy getting questions from you, I really do!  Keep being safe, keep up healthy behaviors.  I can't wait to see you all soon!



April 17, 2020

Another week with some great questions!  I'm so glad to hear from you again!  Keep 'em coming!

How is the virus transmitted?

Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.  This means that people who are sick with the virus could spread it to others by coughing, sneezing, or even just talking to them in person.  When the other person breathes those germs in, then the virus makes them sick.  People may get it from surfaces but it's not thought to be the main way.  It is still being studied so we have to make sure to keep watching for updated news.

Can animals get the coronavirus?

There is a tiger in a zoo in New York City that tested positive.  But there isn't currently any evidence that pets can spread the virus to people.  We should treat our pets though as we would other family members.  Don't let them interact with people or animals outside of their home.  More information is needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected.  Another topic to watch for updated news.

When will school start back?

That's a hard one!  I don't know the answer to that.  We definitely want to make sure all students and staff are safe to be around each other.  We miss everyone so I know we want to be able to be together again.  I'm sure as soon as the decision is made, we all will be told.  

Again, thank you for sending questions.  I hope everyone is doing well and being safe.  Keep washing your hands!!


April 10, 2020

Hello Panthers!  I miss you all so very much!  I'm excited you have questions and am happy to try and answer them.


Why covid-19 spread around the world?

Covid-19 is highly contagious.  Since so many people travel around, it was easy for the virus to spread to many countries.

What age group is the covid-19?

At first, it was thought that covid-19 was more of a threat to older people.  But we have recently seen younger adults getting sick with the virus and even children.  So I think any age should take it seriously.

Will everyone wear masks when we get back to school?

I personally don't think everyone will have to wear masks when we return to school.  I think it would be very difficult for students to continually keep them on for 8 hours.  But as we learn more about the virus, procedures may change.  It's really hard to tell at this point.  Great question!

Can baseball come back plz?

I WISH!  I miss watching games, and I know many of you miss playing them!  I don't like that we can't do so many things right now but I believe it's important to cancel events to help our family, friends, and community be safe.

I LOVE hearing from you all!  Make sure you remember to wash your hands often!  Until next week....

By Lindsay Matlock

TEA Public Health Resources

about 1 month ago



April 11, 2020

CDC now recommends you wear a mask in public where you can’t avoid being near people, like in grocery stores, pharmacies & healthcare settings https://bit.ly/2V8o5Y2. Remember though, your local authorities may have already issued a specific order re: masks. #StayHomeTexas

 

CDC recomienda que use una máscara en público donde no pueda evitar estar cerca de personas, como en supermercados, farmacias y centros de salud https://bit.ly/2V8o5Y2. Es posible que sus autoridades locales ya hayan hecho obligatorio el uso de máscaras. #StayHomeTexas


April 10, 2020

The virus lives in tiny droplets in the lungs of people w/ COVID-19, even when they don’t show symptoms. We can breathe the same air as anyone within abt. 6 ft. of us. Staying farther apart from people during this time reduces the chance of breathing in the virus. #StayHomeTexas

 

El virus vive en gotas en los pulmones de personas con COVID-19, y a veces no tienen síntomas. Puedes respirar el mismo aire que cualquiera a 6 pies de ti. Mantente más alejado de las personas durante este tiempo para reducir la posibilidad de respirar el virus. #StayHomeTexas


April 9, 2020

People with no symptoms have the potential to unknowingly spread COVID-19! That’s why it’s best for everyone in your family to stay at home and away from others as much as possible until instructed otherwise from state and local officials. #StayHomeTexas

¡Las personas sin síntomas tienen el potencial de propagar COVID-19 sin saberlo! Por eso lo mejor para todos en su familia es quedarse en casa y lejos de los demás tanto como sea posible hasta que los funcionarios estatales y locales le indiquen lo contrario. #StayHomeTexas

 

April 8, 2020

Texas, remember the importance of social distancing. If you must go out, avoid public spaces and keep your distance from others (at least 6 feet). If we continue to follow valuable public health guidance, fewer of our friends & family will be affected by COVID-19. #StayHomeTexas

 Texas, recuerda la importancia del distanciamiento social. Evite espacios públicos y manténgase alejado de los demás (al menos 6 pies). Si continuamos siguiendo la guía de salud pública, menos de nuestros amigos y familiares se verán afectados por COVID-19. #StayHomeTexas


April 7, 2020

#COVID19 lives on droplets in the lungs of people with the virus, even if they don’t have symptoms. When infected people breathe, the virus enters the air. If you can’t #StayHome, wear a mask/scarf/bandana, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands.  #DontGoViral 

#COVID19 vive de gotas en los pulmones de las personas con el virus incluso si no tienen síntomas.Cuando las personas contagiadas respiran, el virus entra al aire.Si no puedes quedarte en casa #StayHome, use una bufanda/pañuelo, manténgase a 6 pies de distancia y lávese las manos


April 6, 2020

Common symptoms of #COVID19 are fever, dry cough, & shortness of breath. If you have mild symptoms, call your doctor & #StayHome. If you develop serious symptoms, such as trouble breathing, pressure in the chest, or bluish lips or face, call your doctor & seek care immediately.

Los síntomas comunes de #COVID19 son fiebre, tos seca y dificultad para respirar.Si tiene síntomas leves, llame a su médico y quedate en casa.Si desarrolla síntomas graves, como dificultad para respirar o presión en el pecho, busque atención médica de inmediato. #StayHome


April 5, 2020

Before social distancing, each person with #COVID19 spread the virus to 2.5 more people. At that pace, most would get it, and many more people would die. But we can slow the spread.  That’s why we all #StayHome.  #ApartTogether we slow coronavirus.

Antes del distanciamiento social, cada persona con #COVID19 transmitió el virus a 2.5 personas.A ese ritmo, muchas personas se contagiarían, y muchas personas morirían.Pero podemos retrasar la propagación.Por eso todos quedemonos en casa y paremos el Coronavirus.#ApartTogether


April 4, 2020

You can spread #COVID1 without knowing you have it. Whether you have symptoms or not, #StayHome. If you have to go out, wear a mask/bandana/scarf, regularly wash your hands, and stay 6 feet apart. We must stay #ApartTogether to slow coronavirus. https://tea.texas.gov/staywell

Puede propagar #COVID19 sin saber que lo tiene.Ya sea que tenga síntomas o no, quedate en casa.Si tiene que salir, use una bandana/bufanda, lávese las manos regularmente y manténgase a 6 pies de distancia.Debemos permanecer separados #ApartTogether.tea.texas.gov/mantentebientejas


April 3, 2020

 

Did you know that washing your hands with soap & water eliminates #Coronavirus molecules preventing the virus from infecting you & others? The same is true when you disinfect surfaces. Science says it works. https://bit.ly/2w7TGAJ #COVID19 #txed #StayWellTexas

¿Sabías que lavarte las manos con agua y jabón elimina las moléculas de Coronavirus evitando que el virus lo contagie a usted y a otros? Lo mismo pasa cuando desinfectas superficies que se tocan con frecuencia. La ciencia muestra que funciona. Para más información visite: https://bit.ly/2w7TGAJ #COVID19 #txed #StayWellTexas



April 2, 2020

To avoid the spread of COVID-19 in our community, practice social distancing:

·         Avoid going out in public

·         When in public, keep six feet of distance between you and others

·         Follow guidance provided by local and state officials.

Get more information at https://texas.gov/covid19

#covid19 #texasstrong #stayhome


Para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad, practique el distanciamiento social:

• Evite salir en público

• Cuando esté en público, mantenga una distancia de seis pies entre usted y los demás.

• Seguir las recomendaciones de los funcionarios locales y estatales.

Obtenga más información en https://texas.gov/covid19

# covid19 #texasfuerte #quedateencasa

 



April 1, 2020

The Liberty ISD community must work together to fight COVID-19.  Head to http://tea.texas.gov/staywell for vitally important public health guidance to stop the spread. If we stand apart as a community now, we will be together again soon.

La comunidad del Liberty ISD debe trabajar en equipo para luchar contra COVID-19. Visite la página Https://tea.texas.gov/mantentebien para obtener información vital sobre como detener el contagio. Si nos mantenemos separados ahora, estaremos juntos más pronto.


By Lindsay Matlock