• Below you will find several links with information we hope you find useful as the work continues in providing our students, staff, families, and community a healthy and safe return to our facilities this summer.

    LPS Summer School Plan for July 2020 Attendees

    LPS Fine Arts/Athletics Summer 2020 Procedures and Guidelines 

    LPS Operating Procedures and Guidelines (through July 5, 2020)

    **July 10, 2020**
    --A Message from Dr. Tucker--

    Good Evening LPS Families,
    As we complete the first full week of July, we are happy to share that we are also completing the first week of our face-to-face summer school session. I cannot tell you how great it has been seeing many of our students and staff return to our campuses this week.

    I also want to take a moment to update you on the work and planning efforts that continue to take place in preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Teams and individuals that make up our district, including staff, parents, students, Board of Education, and district leadership have worked tirelessly since early last spring planning for a successful school re-entry that will address the needs of all of our families, while keeping our students and staff safe and healthy. 
     
    As our re-entry plans are near completion, I wanted to share a few details regarding what to expect when classes resume in August. Our detailed re-entry plan will be released to families and the community on Wednesday, July 15, 2020Below are a few highlights of what families can expect:
    •  All LPS students (grades preK-12) will have the option of either face-to-face learning or virtual learning for the 2020-2021 school year. A student census survey will be included in next week's communication. This will provide the opportunity for families to choose which option is preferred for your child(ren). Specific details for both options at all grade levels will also be provided so that families are able to make the best decision for your child and family.

    • An updated Operating Procedures and Guidelines document will be shared. This document includes all of the important information families will want to know when it comes to a safe and healthy return for students and staff, including daily screening and reporting, PPE usage, capacity limitations, and much more. This document will continue to evolve as we receive updates provided by the Clay County Public Health Center.
    In closing, the hashtag that emerged following our extended school closure in March, #InThisTogetherLPS, continues to be extremely relevant for us as we navigate through these unprecedented times. In recent weeks, I have been asked several times by families, "What can we do to help"?  First, whether a student is learning from school or at home, it is important to recognize that things will be different when August 25th arrives. We all must remain flexible and ready to contribute to student success. We also must work hard to be safe and healthy. The more students and adults adhere to guidelines from our local health officials and the CDC in the coming weeks, the more we can reduce the spread of COVID-19, with the goal of us returning to normalcy sooner rather than later.  
     
    As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support of Liberty Public Schools, and have a great weekend!
     
    Dr. Jeremy Tucker
    Superintendent - Liberty Public Schools
     

    **June 26, 2020 UPDATE**

    LPS Families,
    We hope this message finds you enjoying some of the middle stages of summer.  As we officially conclude our first summer school session today, we wanted to provide you with a district update as we not only pivot to July summer activities, but also gear up for our re-entry into schools in August.

    Earlier this morning, Dr. Tucker recorded an update we hope you find informative.  As he shares in the update, a tremendous amount of work continues to take place that not only focuses on a safe and healthy return for our face-to-face Summer School program beginning July 8, but also on the official start of the 2020-2021 school year on August 25.  To view Dr. Tucker's video message, click here.

    As re-entry plans come into focus for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to provide you with some information we hope you find helpful.

    • In mid-July, the district will be conducting a student census.  The purpose of this census is for families to share with us their preference for the learning environment of their learner (either face-to-face or virtual) for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  Please know that we are committed to accommodating those who prefer face-to-face instruction as much as possible, with the highest priority for students grades K-5.  District communication will be distributed to all of our families in a few weeks.

    • A tremendous amount of work has taken place over the course of the past several weeks by our LPS Re-entry Task Force, preparing for various scenarios and adhering to all pertinent health and safety regulations that are in place.  A document with additional details has been developed and can be accessed by clicking here.  These guidelines are expected to be updated in early July.  It is important to always share that this continues to be a fluid situation and one that changes often.  We will always follow guidance provided to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clay County Public Health Center.

    • As additional face-to-face opportunities are allowed over the course of the summer and leading up to the start of the new school year in August, it will be critical that all staff and families of students self-screen each day and refrain from coming to school or activities if showing Covid-19 symptoms or if they have been exposed to a Covid-19 positive individual.  To maintain the plan of providing face-to-face opportunities, it is vital that this measure is adhered to.

    • Transportation Opt-in Requirement for all LPS Bus Riders
      As LPS prepares for traditional face-to-face classroom learning this fall, safely transporting our students to and from school will likely look different as we operate under requirements set forth by the Clay County Public Health Center and district health and safety policies.  Operating under new requirements referenced above will make it critical that we receive a completed Opt-In Form for all LPS students who will need to rely on bus transportation during the 2020-2021 school year.  This opt-in form only takes a few minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking here.  Please know that if your child(ren) does not have a completed opt-in form, they will not be routed for a school bus in the 2020-2021 school year.  Depending on the demand, LPS may deem it necessary to extend the Parent Responsibility Zone beyond the current one-mile minimum of student(s) residence from school.  At this time, LPS asks families (who are able to do so) to consider personally transporting your child to and from school until restrictions are relaxed.  Later this summer, our transportation department will be providing additional health and safety protocols for students and families to ensure a safe and healthy experience while riding the school bus.

    We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate through this unique time.  As a reminder, expect the student census to be emailed to you in mid-July.  In the meantime, we hope you and your family are able to enjoy the remainder of your summer, and we look forward to reconnecting soon!

    Office of Communications
    Liberty Public Schools