• QUESTIONS & SUPPORT
  • We know you may have many questions about the upcoming school year. As we continue to gather information from state and local authorities for the return to school, we will continue to send updates to families with all new information.

    You can access our comprehensive FAQs below.

    Liberty Hill ISD is committed to clearly communicating information from our state and local officials that determine how a school or the district will support the health and safety of all students and staff in our care. Regardless of changing circumstances and with a focus on the health and wellness of staff and students, Liberty Hill ISD will continue to provide an excellent learning experience for every student.

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Questions & Support
  • RETURN TO LEARN COMMUNITY FAQ’S
     
    2020-2021
    Last Update: 8/28/2020 2:00 PM /COMMS- New Questions will appear at the bottom of each section.
     
     
     

    Safety: 

    UPDATED: CDC Guidance for COVID – 19 Testing FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

     

    If a teacher tests positive and taught 5 classes a day, do all of those students need to then stay home and quarantine for 14 days? Do all of those students now have to get tested? 

    It would depend on what our contact protocol team determined. Things like how long the teacher was within six feet of a student and were they wearing a mask are things to consider.

     

    Substitutes teach in multiple schools. What if they are diagnosed with COVID-19? Do all the kids in each school now have to quarantine and get tested? Who is going to pay for that? 

    It would depend on how long the teacher was within six feet of another person and whether they were wearing a mask. Not everyone would need to get tested.

     

    What if a student in your kid's class tests positive? What if your kid tests positive? Does every other student and teacher have to be quarantined? Do we all get notified who is infected and when? Or because of HIPAA regulations are parents and teachers just going to get mysterious “may have been in contact” emails all year long? 

    It depends on the type of contact and if both were wearing a mask or not. The student's name would not be released to the class.

     

    What is the day going to look like at school?  

    Campus administration is still working on bell schedules and transition routes to help maintain social distancing. The campuses will communicate their plan to their community.

     

    All schools have staggered lunches and how will this work to ensure there aren’t 8+ kids at a lunch table?  

    Campus administrators are considering flexible spaces during lunch to help maintain social distancing.

     

    Will there be more lunch periods added?  

    Possibly, still working on the details of lunch periods. Each campus will communicate its plan.

      

    Will you hire bathroom monitors? Constantly cleaning? 

    Bathrooms will be cleaned on a regular basis and likely some urinals may be closed to create social distancing. They will be monitored hourly to ensure sanitizing materials are available. 

     

    ​Will students be allowed to eat in the cafeteria, play during recess/play structure, or have limited interaction in the classroom with peers (group work, circle time)?  

    The students will need to stay 6 feet apart in the cafeteria during lunch and breakfast. During recess, we will stagger times and limit the number of students in one area to help with social distancing. 

     

    Do we know if masks will be required? If so what about kids with asthma who would be harmed by wearing a mask?  

    At this point in time, masks will be required for students and made available as needed. 

     

    Will we be in control of deciding if our kids stay home when sick vs the campus nurse?  

    You will be required to keep your child home if they have a fever of 100.0 or greater. The campus nurse can send a student home who has a fever. 

     

    Will visitors and parents be allowed on campus?  

    Early this school year we are considering limited visitation for parents. After careful consideration, we will not allow visitors for the first 12 weeks of school. All drop of or pick up of supplies, paperwork or students will be done in the secure front entrance. Campus administration may allow visitors to enter the office space on a case by case basis. This is mainly referring to classroom activities and lunch. Parent groups and volunteers may be allowed in small groups especially after school.

     

    If a child is participating in "on-campus learning" and tests positive for Covid-19 or any contagious illness will they be allowed to shift to the virtual learning until they are well or cleared by a doctor?

    Yes. they can shift to at-home learning until they clear the protocol outlined in the Liberty Hill Safety Handbook

      

    If COVID spikes, yet the government does not shut things down will we have the option later in the year to switch to at-home learning?

    Yes. You will have the option to choose your method of learning every six weeks.

     

    We are moving into the district from another state, will my children be able to visit their assigned campus before the first day of school for a tour/to get familiar with the school setting?

    We are monitoring the situation and will make a decision on whether we will allow in-person tours before school starts. The hope is that we will, but if we don't, we will have a series of videos that will be available to help with getting to know the processes on campus.

     

    Will you be doing thermal testing for students and faculty at the start of every day?

    Staff and students are to self-screen before coming to campus. Thermometers will be available for those that do not have them at home.

     

    What are the safety measures for the bus? How many kids can ride? Will they be cleaned between every drop-off and pick up?

    We are watching the numbers of students choosing in-person learning and answered yes to using bus transportation. We will adjust routes to keep the number of students a small as possible. With that said, we will allow students to ride the bus with assigned seats when complete social distancing is not possible. They must wear a mask no matter their age. The bus is sanitized before and after routes and high-touch areas are wiped down throughout the route. Windows will be opens if bus capacity is too high to social distance.

     

    In the town hall video it was encouraged that students bring their own water bottle, and larger the better. Last year, the high school required that water bottles be clear.  Has that rule changed?

    Yes. Any type of water bottle is allowed.

     

    Can teachers require their students to wear a mask while in their classroom?

    At this time, all students and staff must wear a mask in class or in the building.

     

    Can my kindergartner wear a face shield instead of a mask?

    Face shields are clear face coverings and are not a face-covering like a cloth mask or gaiter. They are not allowed for use unless worn with a cloth face covering. An exception would be an ARD committee determining they can wear the face shield instead of a cloth face covering or for mediation reasons confirmed by a doctor.

     

    Are there specific requirements for the type of face mask worn in school? Will gaiters be allowed?

    CDC recommends a cotton 2-ply mask which we have a limited supply of these for students to use. We will be allowing anything that is considered a "face covering" in which a gaiter fits that criteria.

     

    Does the district have someone actively monitoring the safety of the hundreds of gallons of hand sanitizer purchased by the school? Lists continue to grow of brand names that pose a possible risk of methanol poisoning.

    Yes.

     

    Transportation:

    Will buses still run to and from school?

    Yes. the buses will run to and from school.

     

    Will you provide transportation for after school care to the Child Care Centers within the district. From the intermediate to Goddard in Morningstar?

    We provide Transportation to daycares that are within the attendance zone of the campus. The Goddard school daycare is in the attendance zone for Santa Rita Elem. and the Intermediate school.

     

     

    Instructional Services: 

    Will there be tutorial time for kids that need a little extra help? 

    Yes, please see campus tutorial times for in-person help.  For remote learning tutorial times, each teacher will have “office hours” to assist in scheduling individualized/group tutorial times with students.  

     

    Will there be a schedule? 

    Yes, each campus has a master schedule for in-person learning.  Remote learning times are a combination of asynchronous (recorded lessons students' access at any time) and synchronous (live lessons/support) where students will log in at specific times. 

     

    Will there be live class sessions being taught? 

    There will be live lessons depending on the class and/or difficulty of the learning standard.   

     

    Can an online student request one on one in-person tutorial sessions onsite if needed? 

    Yes.  

     

    If a high schooler has an outstanding EOC exam to take how will that take place, particularly for online learners? (I have a senior with this issue so there isn’t next year) 

    The Texas Education Agency has maintained state testing (STAAR, EOC) will resume this school year regardless if the student is a remote learner or an in-person learner.  Details on how to administer these tests in a remote setting will be shared soon.   

     

    How will the school supply list be altered for at-home learning? 

    School supply lists for remote learning are being developed and will be shared with families at the beginning of August.   

     

    If students go back in person, what is the max number of students per classroom? 

    This has not been fully determined yet. We are receiving recommendations and will be making this decision in late July. 

     

    Would remote learning be instructed all day by teachers so kids attend their classes just like they would if they were there in person?  

    We are creating course schedules that meet student needs and account for teachers conducting class either with in-person learning or remote learning. We anticipate in-person learning and remote learning class schedules to look similar.  

     

    Would it be possible to reduce the number of courses students take in high school?  

     No, not at this time.  

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    Would kids stay with the same teacher all day?  

     It depends on the class/grade level as some courses require specialized teachers. Health and safety protocols will apply should students need to change classes. Additionally, we adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and government agencies to provide guidance about the safety of facilities and implementing safety measures.  

       

    ​Will the teachers actually teaching full school days this year unlike the end of last year when it was on the parents to teach the students?  

    We are creating schedules that meet student needs and account for teachers conducting class either with in-person learning or remote learning. 

     

    ​​I am also wondering about electives with at-home learning - things like music, theater, sports, etc.?  

    We will follow UIL's guidance on if any fine arts activities will occur. At this time, UIL is allowing limited marching band participation, if the required health and safety protocols are followed. 

     

    How will these impact attendance policies?  

     Students are required to attend at least 90% of their classes to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement. 

     

    ​How will accommodations be met for special education students learning remote?  

    We will ensure students served by special education have access to the same or equitable learning platform as their peers. In many cases, instructional accommodations may be met in a virtual environment by providing additional supports.  

     

    Will families need to choose to send all or none?  

    As families consider sending their children to school, student needs may influence the instructional setting decisions i.e. in-person or virtual.  

     

    Is LHISD looking at the possibility of every student starting out online, like other districts in our area doing and then make a decision on whether to do online or in-person?

    As of right now, both On-Campus and Remote learning will all begin on August 27th. The choice selection process will be outlined in the Virtual Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 30th at 5:30 PM. 

     

    How long will our decision last when choosing in-person or online learning (6 weeks, a semester, all year)?

    Parents will make a one-time selection. If your circumstances change you will have the option to choose your method of learning at the six weeks by contacting your campus for that process. 

     

    Knowing the number of hours my student will be expected to sit in from of a computer screen for live-online learning is very important in making my decision. Can you give a guesstimate to what that would be? 4 hours? 6 hours+?

    Elementary students are required to log in for at least 180 minutes a day, and secondary students are required to log in for at least 240 minutes each day.

     

    Hi! Since the calendar has changed (delaying the beginning of school for 1 week), will the kids now go one week longer next summer to make up those days?

    At this time, we have enough minutes in our calendar to prevent us from having to make up for the one week delay.

      

    Will there be any other changes to the school calendar? Will all of the holidays remain the same?

    Currently, the start date is being changed on the Academic Calendar. The holidays will remain the same. The grading periods in the first semester will be adjusted.

     

    If we choose online learning and then opt for in-person at the 6 week grading period will our students have the same teacher? Or will it be a whole new class?

    Students who switch between remote to in-person may have different teachers. Please know our teachers plan together with instruction aligned in grade levels/content areas.

     

    When does returning student enrollment begin, not NEW? How do I enroll my students for online only?

    At this time, we will not be doing Returning Student Verification as we have done in the past. If your address has changed, please send proof of residency to registration@libertyhill.txed.net. When things have settled down we will revisit this. If you need to update emergency contacts, phone numbers, etc you can log into Skyward Family Access and update those.

     

    Will primary students have the same teacher the whole year long? If a student needs to go remote after being in the classroom I would like to ensure my student has the same teacher and isn't bounced around from an in-class teacher to a remote teacher.

    Students who switch between remote to in-person may have different teachers. Please know our teachers plan together with instruction aligned in grade levels/content areas.

     

    Are parents able to decide after every grading period what type of learning our child will have and can that be changed? What plans are in place if the number of in-person kids could increase if a parent is wanting to "try out" remote learning than switch after the first six weeks. Would more classes be added? Thank you for all you are doing!

    Parents commit to the student learning choice two weeks before the beginning of the grading period in Skyward.

     

    If a child is new to the district how do they log on to pick if they will do in person or virtual learning?

    Once your child's registration is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access Skyward, in Skyward you will choose online/in-person learning.

     

    We are transferring our children to LHISD, applications submitted however I am wondering how do new families select their choice of onsite vs. online learning? I understand that a deadline has been set for when this needs to happen but I'm not sure when that date is or where I go to make my selection. I have a 4th grader going to Rancho Sienna and an 8th grader going to LH Jr High.

    Once your child's registration is complete, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access Skyward, in Skyward you will choose online/in-person learning.

     

    I see the school supplies for the intermediate but do not see the school supplies for the high school. Where do I access the HS supply list?

    The high school supply list is dependent on the student's course schedule. There is no set list of supplies. The teachers will let the student know the supplies for their particular class the first day of school or on their teacher website.

     

    What if we used sprout to buy school supplies and decide to do at home learning? How does that change the kit we put towards supplies?

    School supply lists for both remote and in-person can be found on the district website.

     

    If we pre-ordered the school supplies, but are choosing to do the online learning, how/when will we receive the school supply packets?

    Please contact your child's campus to learn how the school supply packets will be distributed to online learners.

     

    Regarding 1st-grade Virtual Learning - In the Town Hall it was stated that an asynchronous lesson would be available the day after it was delivered in class. Does that mean a lesson will be recorded of a live class and then posted for a distance learner to view the next day? Or, is a teacher recording a lesson specifically for students who are virtually and no other students will be in the video? How much time should my 1st grader be expected to watch videos in a day?

    Video recordings may include both class lessons or of the individual online teacher. The videos will be tailored to be appropriate to the student's grade level.

     

    Will the remote learning and in-person be on the same learning schedule? So if they switch from remote to in person they will be at the same level as those doing in-person learning.

    Yes. The same content will be taught in both formats.

     

    If you choose online learning for at home will there be an option to pick up packets for your child in kindergarten to help the tangible side of learning? Also if you ordered school supplies from sprouts to be delivered to school prior to the decision to do online can we pick those up to use them at home?

    There will be no packets this year. Each student will have an electronic device to engage in authentic learning this Fall. Please contact your child's campus to learn how the school supply packets will be distributed to online learners.

     

     

    Staff Questions: 

    Will teachers have an option to teach remotely? 

    There will be an application and selection process for the teachers that will teach remotely. 

      

    Will teachers be required to teach in the classroom and virtually?  

    The plan will be for teachers to either teach in the classroom or virtually. The virtual teachers may actually have students in their classrooms. However, the principals have been challenged to create master schedules that would not require teachers to have to teach face to face and then have to create online lessons if at all possible. 

     

    If a teacher tests positive for COVID-19 are they required to quarantine for 2-3 weeks? Is their sick leave covered, paid? 

    Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school district screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:


    • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:


    1.  at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

    2.  the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

    3.  at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.


    • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.

     

    Where is the district going to find a substitute teacher who will work in a classroom full of exposed, possibly infected students for substitute pay? 

    We are surveying substitutes to get a count on how many substitutes will be will to go into a classroom to substitute for a teacher that is doing face-to-face instruction. 

     

    What is this stress going to do to our teachers? How does it affect their health and well-being? How does it affect their ability to teach? How does it affect the quality of education they are able to provide? What is it going to do to our kids? What are the long-term effects of consistently being stressed out?

     That question would be better answered by a health-care professional.  Teaching is a stressful job and everyone handles stress differently. At this time, there is no way of knowing how stress will impact the quality of education provided. Students usually handle stress differently than adults and again there is no way of knowing what the long-term effects of this situation will be if any.

     

    If a teacher who tests positive for Covid-19 after being in the classroom, do they get paid leave during their illness?

    The first 10 days that an employee is out for test positive to COVID-19 is covered by the Employee Paid Sick Leave Act.

     

     

    Extracurricular Activities: 

    Is there a plan for athletic programs to continue? 

    The UIL has not stated any plans to cancel UIL activities at this point in time.  On July 21st, UIL announced the first day of practice for football, volleyball and marching band was moved to September 7th. 

     

    If we chose at-home learning what does that do to sports? 

    If you are enrolled in the school, you may participate in sports as long as you meet the guidelines for participation in that sport. 

     

    If online learning students want to follow social distancing guidelines in athletics is that possible? 

    It depends on the sport. Contact sports are impossible to have social distancing. Other sports like Tennis, it is easier to accomplish. 

     

    Will homeschool children be allowed to participate in campus sports? 

    If you are enrolled in the school, you may participate in sports if you meet the guidelines for participation in that sport.

     

    How will extracurricular classes be addressed in the remote learning option? My 6th grader is supposed to do band this year and if we choose to do remote learning how will this happen?

    Elective classes are available to students in the remote learning option and in-person option.

     

    How will elective such as Choir work if the student is doing remote learning?

    Teachers will support students in remote learning for choir

     

    How does an at-home learner participate in athletics, specifically JR High? Do they come to school just for that period?

    Remote learners who participate in athletics at the Junior High or High School may participate before/after school. See the campus coach for details.

     

    Is my daughter allowed to do remote learning and go to the school for practice for the UIL Stars (drill team) practice?

    Remote learners who participate in extracurricular activities i.e., UIL, cheer, athletics at the High School may participate before/after school. See the UIL coach for details.

     

    What will the band look like for the learn from home students? I have a sixth-grader.

    Teachers will support students in remote learning for the band. Remote and in-person learning models follow the same instructional pacing guide.

     

    When will the students get to choose their electives?

    Junior High and High School electives were chosen by existing students last semester before spring break. Counselors are reaching out to the new students to ask elective preferences.

     

    My daughter had selected to do two theatre classes as electives. Will she still be able to take these classes virtually?

    Yes.

     

    My child was told by a coach that they could not attend the athletic period for the sport if they did online school. Is this true? Will students be able to attend the class period needed for athletics/dance or will they not be able to participate in that if online school is chosen because this contradicts what is stated above regarding participating.

    Yes. If a student is enrolled in online/remote learning they will not be permitted to be on campus during school hours in a regular class. However, practices before or after school for that sport with social distancing and coach approval would be allowed. 

     

    At the elementary level, will students who learn from home have PE, art, music, and Spanish? Will they be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as UIL and choir?

    Yes, there will be remote/online learning available in PE, conversational Spanish, and Fine Arts for elementary students.

     

    My daughter is an officer on Belles so she has 1st and 2nd period Belles classes. Can she attend the 1st and 2nd period in school for Belles and then come home to remotely take her school classes. Since she will be with these students in dance on a daily basis, taking the remainder of classes from home would reduce exposure. Just trying to find out if this is an option.

    A student will have to choose either remote or in-person, they cannot choose both. If they elect for remote learning they will not be allowed on campus during regular school hours. However, they can practice with their teammates before or after school with the dance director's approval.

     

    Panther Care: 

    Will there still be Panther Care? Will there be an option for part-time attendance to reduce numbers, if people don't need it every day? Will there be refunds if the school has to close for virtual learning?

    Panther care will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on staff availability. Rancho Sienna will continue to use the YMCA with the same criteria. There are no part-time attendance criteria and it will only be offered for in-person learners. A refund for short term closings will not be given.

     

      

    * ATTN: If you have any additional questions that are not addressed in the FAQ's below, please visit your campus website for additional campus specific information or contact your campus administration for further guidance. If your questions are still not answered, please fill out the Question Response Form at the bottom and we will attempt to have a representative contact you directly. However, the district will no longer be updating current FAQs at this time. If you are having trouble using the embedded form below, please click HERE to access the FAQ Question Response Form in a new window.

    We highly encourage parents to start working with the campuses directly for further assistance.