Frequently Asked Questions

  • Below are Frequently Asked Questions submitted by parents, staff, and community. We are working hard to ensure all questions are answered in a timely manner. If you want to pose a question, click on the yellow "Let's Talk - Send Us a Message" on the right side of this website, submit your question, and it will be answered by a district administrator.

  • What if my Liberty School Student student doesn't have wireless access?

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    If students do not have access to wireless, please either call the LPS Technology HelpDesk at (816) 736-7078 or fill out a student workorder and you will be cnotacted by a district technology specialist.

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  • Will my online student be required to complete state testing?

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    Yes, all online and face-to-face students in Liberty Public School, will complete assessments as required by the state of Missouri.

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  • Will my online student be expected to follow a schedule?

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    Yes, online students will be expected to follow a daily schedule Monday through Friday.

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  • What are the grading and attendance expectations in Liberty Virtual?

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    Expectations for both attendance and grading will be the same for students attending school online as they are face-to-face.

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  • What kind of LPS issued device will my student receive?

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    Students K-8 will be given iPads with a case and keyboard. Students who are in Grades 6-8 will also receive a digital pencil to use with the device. Students Grades 9-12 will be receiving a 13" Macbook Air with a hard "travel" case for protection. Some PreK students will also be reeceiving iPads based on learning needs identified through the Early Childhood Center. To learn more about the LPS devices, you can click HERE.

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  • How do we obtain our student's LPS issued device?

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    LPS issued devices will be handed out for Liberty Virtual School students at your home school. Please make sure you check their website and watch your email for more information.

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  • Will Fine Arts classes be available for virtual learners?

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    Yes. K-12 students will have access to Fine Arts courses virtually. The course offerings may be limited, but all courses will be quality, rigorous courses where students can excel and have fun. 

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  • Can one child in a family do online learning and another child in the same family do face-to-face?

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    Yes. The family can decide child by child what option works best.

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  • Will my online student be eligible for MSHSAA sanctioned extracurricular activities?

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    Yes, as long as students meet GPA and other requirements set forth by the school/district.

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  • Will all high school classes and electives be able to be taught virtually?

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    We are committed to providing students comparable instructional experiences in both the virtual and in-person learning environments. While every effort will be made to meet the course requests students submitted last spring, we may need to adjust student schedules if enrollment numbers shift significantly with the addition of the virtual school option. Rest assured that we have virtual options in nearly every content area, though some course offerings may need to be adjusted based on student enrollment numbers. Here is a list of course offerings.

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  • How will virtual students receive the supplies they need to be successful?

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    You will be able to go to your school and pick up the supplies you ordered. Principals will let families know when the supplies arrive and how they want families to pick them up. I encourage you to pick them up rather than leave them at school even if you might switch back to attending the school.

    In addition, there will be a consumable supplies list on the Liberty Virtual Website that will be similar to the supplies purchased in face-to-face classrooms

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  • How will the district support parents who select virtual learning for their child(ren)?

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    The district has created a Parent Support Guide to offer additional support to parents around topics that are most common for virtual learning throughout March through July. The guide addresses topics such as navigating day to day learning, student engagement, and access to resources.

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  • Can my virtual student participate in activities such as band?

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    Band will be a virtual option as well for students who want to do school from home. Then they can come to the practices before/after school as well if needed and participate in activities. While it may not look like years past, we will be offering these courses in a virtual format. Students can still work toward musical goals in a virtual setting.

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  • What if my family decides to take our child out of face-to-face option and go virtual?

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    For continuity of instruction, we have requested that changes in placement take place at the quarter for grades K-8 and at the semester for grades 9-12 due to credit acquisition for graduation requirements. If extenuating circumstances necessitate a change outside of this time frame, we will work with families to best address the needs of their students. In addition, if a student is initially signed up for one of our platforms through the student census and change their mind before the start of school, families will simply need to reach out to their child’s home school in August to begin this process.

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  • Everyone understands in-person/face-to-face learning, but how does virtual differ?

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    There will be a significant difference in the virtual school experience this coming school year than the “emergency learning” due to COVID-19 from the spring. Liberty Virtual School will be taught by "virtual school only" LPS teachers dedicated and professionally developed to teach school online. There will be a designated virtual school schedule where students will "attend" school throughout the school day. Learning content has been designed for online learning, and teachers will focus on using student evidence (projects and assignments showing teachers what they have learned) to measure learning. Virtual learning will have more structure than it did in the spring. Students will have times that they have to get on and work with teachers and other students. This may vary from day to day, but virtual learners may have designated times where they are required to be online for instruction. This model has been hugely successful in other online models that we have researched and are using to design our own programs.

    Students who opt for virtual learning opportunities will have multiple ways to connect with their teachers. We will use Canvas as our learning management and communications systems. We will also utilize tools such as Zoom to connect with students. Our virtual classes will be taught by LPS virtual teachers, who may or may not be physically working from the school at any given time. Our goal is to continue building relationships with students in the virtual environment just as we Updated: July 24, 2020 would in the traditional classroom. We are committed to providing all LPS students with an authentic learning experience, whether they are learning virtually or in the building. For a comparison of virtual learning to face-to-face learning, please click on Return to Learn Plan 2020-2021.

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  • Will virtual learning include live teaching or videos?

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    Learning at home will include both live instruction and recorded videos. A daily schedule will include following a revised schedule that will be similar to a normal school schedule. There will be a set schedule each day with times that a student will connect with each teacher. These connections might be a class discussion that lasts 30 minutes or a 15 minute lesson and then the student works on their own. Or they might connect with a student team online. Teachers can create short videos that students can use to remind them of concepts or techniques while they work on their own. At this time, the high schools have classes that are blended and include a mixture of face to face learning and virtual learning. The elementary and middle schools are investigating this possibility. Performance classes like choir will be offered virtually for students who need to learn from home. I hope this information is helpful. I also encourage you to visit the Ready to Learn website at https://www.lps53.org/lpsreturntolearn for updates.

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