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Administrative Messages

August 27, 2021
Dear Liberty School District Staff, Students, Parents and Community,  
It has been a great beginning to our school year, filled with hope, vision, and excitement that remind us the future holds infinite possibilities. What a glorious feeling it has been observing our students and staff interacting on campus. Nearly all of our students (99.2%) have returned to school for in-person learning. The last 18 months have been an unprecedented time, and although we are not yet at pre-pandemic status, the celebration of the beginning of the new school year has been filled with gratitude, a sigh of relief, and countless moments for all of us to look forward to together.

The continued safety of our students, teachers, staff, and the greater community remains at the forefront of the 2021-22 school year. We will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the CDPH, CDE, and Local County Health Department. At this time, the following protocols and strategies will be used at Liberty School so we may continue to provide a safe and healthy school environment and successful academic school year.

Face Masks: District officials continue to evaluate information daily from health organizations related to face masks. At this time, Liberty School must adhear to CDPH indoor masking mandates. 

Lunches: We have returned to large group settings for lunch. However, 8th grade will start the school year eating lunches outside on the picnic benches. 

UNIVERSAL FREE MEALS will be offered throughout the 21-22 School Year.
An application is not needed to receive free meals for the 21-22 school year. However, an application is highly recommended to receive other benefits such as the P-EBT cards.

Transportation: We only have one bus driver and hope to add a second bus driver over the next few months. Bus pick-up and drop-off times are approximate and subject to change. Your patience is greatly appreciated. 
Cleaning and Disinfection: We will continue to thoroughly clean and sanitize the school environment. 
• Staff will continue to disinfect high-contact, common areas throughout the school day.
• Disinfecting supplies are available in each learning space and routines have been established for their use to clean classroom equipment, desktops, workspaces, counters, etc. throughout the school day.
• Clorox Total 360 System Electrostatic Sprayers will be utilized to sanitize large spaces efficiently and effectively.
• Coroplast tri-fold shields are available for any student or staff member who would like it for their work space.
• Drinking fountains are open, but we encourage all students to bring a water bottle to school.
Academic Continuity: Interventions will be implemented to support students who may have struggled academically or socially/emotionally. 
As students return, we will continue to offer the personalized model of instruction to meet the needs of all students. These include:

• Development of a learning coach/mentor program for the Fall of 2021.
• Targeting primary grades to provide more intensive support in literacy and basic numeracy instruction.
• Continue evidence-based programs which include Lexia, and IXL.
• Development of the model of small group instructional support to support K-5 classrooms.
• Continued use of the reading/writing workshop model and the math workshop to personalize instruction for students.
Visitors/Parties/Assemblies: Visitors/Parties/Assemblies will be restricted through the first few weeks of school. These policies will be reevaluated after the first grading period. 
Athletics: The same safety practices and protocols which were followed during the 2020-21 school year will continue during the 2021-22 school year, however, spectators will be allowed to watch outdoor games. 

Vaccination: Approximately 25 percent of our staff has received the vaccine. Our infection and quarantine rates have increased slighly due to the Delta varient. We will begin impleenting weekly staff COVID testing for all staff who are not vaccined. This will begin on October 15, 2021. We will also COVID test any symptomatic students who have provided parent consent.
Suspected Illness: We will follow these steps if a student or staff member begins having suspected COVID-19 symptoms or feels ill during the school day:

• If a student or employee displays COVID-19 symptoms at school or during work, he/she will immediately report to the building’s isolation room where they will be assessed by the school nurse.
• The student or employee will leave campus if COVID is suspected and seek medical attention.
• If a student becomes ill during the school day, a parent/guardian must pick up their child from school.
• The custodial team will begin disinfection procedures.
• If a person displays a symptom/s of COVID-19 they should be isolated at home and contact their physician to determine if testing is necessary.
• All positive cases are to be reported to the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (TCHHSA) by the physician, testing agency or school district as required.
• If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must inform your school office. You may return to school/work when the quarantine period has been completed.
The COVID-19 REPORTING HOTLINE can be reached 24/7 at (800) 834-7121.
I would like to reiterate: Our Liberty Family is strong. Our phenomenal staff led us through one of the most difficult school years in our history with an enthusiasm that kept our students moving forward. I am excited to see us continue to thrive this coming school year.
Dr. Deanna Cardoza