Message From Liberty Superintendent
Clearly, the challenges we have faced this school year have been more complex than any we have ever encountered before. While considering logistical decisions about how to start and keep schools open safely, we are keenly aware of the overarching impact each decision makes on people’s health, emotions, finances, and overall well-being.
We recognize that the way your child will be cared for and educated is very personal and hugely important. Over the course of this past year, dedicated parents, staff, and administrators invested their time and insight to develop and continuously revise a plan for delivery models and mitigation strategies in our schools. We kept the families and the people who educate our children at the very center of every decision. Our committee was steered by three guiding principles:
- Ensure the safety and health of our students and staff.
- Deliver effective and meaningful teaching and learning for our students.
- Listen and respond to the needs of our families and staff.
The district examined guidance from leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control, the Arizona Department of Education, the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, state and local governments, and survey and focus group input from over 1,000 Liberty families, educators, and staff. Recognizing the need for parent choice and the necessity to provide flexibility in responding to the changing circumstances of COVID-19, the Governing Board voted to approve three options for Liberty families to return to schools in August. The details of each option are outlined on the following page. Mitigation strategies continue to be updated as new guidance is released. Our intent is to provide as much information as possible so that families can be comfortable in their decisions.
Thank you again for your patience and support. Our goal is to partner with you while providing an exemplary education for your children, even in the ever-changing environment presented by COVID-19.
Lori Shough, Ed.D.