District Schools Resume
School Hours Extension Notice
Posted on 05/07/2018
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May 7, 2018


Dear Parents:


Teachers and administrators were delighted to welcome back our students this past Friday. I was able to visit each school to meet students and teachers for the first time. Our teachers were overjoyed to be with their students again, and our children were eager to re-engage in learning. Schools are quickly adjusting schedules for important end-of-year events. Those revised dates will be communicated shortly. We do not anticipate any changes to 8th grade promotion ceremonies or upcoming field trips.


The question on everyone’s mind is whether the school year will be extended. Although our schools were closed for six days, the loss of those instructional hours will not require extended school days at the end of our calendar to meet Arizona Department of Education requirements. However, we will need to extend all early release days to full school days until the end of year. This includes early release Wednesdays as well as the last day of school. All three of these days will be full school days. If needed, students may be signed out using the standard procedures. 


Thank you again for your patience and understanding. We plan to thoroughly make the most out of the final days in the school year and enjoy every moment with your fabulous children.


All the best,


Lori Shough, Ed.D.

Superintendent



Dear Parents:

We can celebrate that school will be open on Friday, May 4th. Thank you for your significant support this past week. We know that closing schools created unusual challenges. We also know that you worked together to provide childcare solutions to help lessen one another’s burden. It just demonstrates how remarkable the Liberty Elementary District community is.  You gave us the gift of understanding each day as we decided whether or not to open school. That was not easy for you to adjust on a nightly basis. Thank you for understanding that we had your child’s safety as our utmost priority and trusting that we would reopen schools just as soon as possible. We also appreciate the many emails and notes we received demonstrating your support for the decisions we made.

Our teachers have expressed how much they miss their students and how eager they are to finish the year strong. We are proud of our teachers and deeply appreciative of all that they have done and will continue to do on behalf of the children in our district. They are truly remarkable.

As I complete my first week in the district, I am delighted to now have the opportunity to be in schools filled with children learning. I look forward to meeting you and thanking you in person for your unwavering support during this historic time in education.

All the best,
Lori Shough, Ed.D.
Superintendent