Superintendent

Dr. ShoughDear Parents and Families,
Clearly, the challenges we face opening school this year are more complex than any we have ever encountered before. While considering logistical decisions about how to start schools safely, we were keenly aware of the overarching impact each decision will make 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 last two months, as a dedicated committee of parents, staff, and administrators invested their time and insight to develop a plan to reopen 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 committee examined guidance from leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control, the Arizona Department of Education, 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 in the LESD Safe Return to School Plan on the following page. Our families will be able to choose to return to school five days a week or choose from two different ways to learn at home.

As our local conditions and guidance related to COVID-19 continue to evolve in the coming months, we will adjust our plan accordingly to respond to those changes. Our intent is to provide as much information as possible as these plans unfold 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. We look forward to welcoming your family back to school.

Sincerely,
Lori Shough, Ed.D
Superintendent