For Immediate Release : September 28, 2022 Contact: Governor’s Press Office, (850) 717-9282, Communications@eog.myflorida.com First Lady DeSantis Announces Activation of Florida Disaster Fund in Preparation for Hurricane Ian TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund to support Florida’s communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida's official private fund established to provide financial assistance to our communities as they respond to and recover from times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with public, private, and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To contribute, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222. “The Governor and I are thankful for the graciousness of those looking to assist Florida’s communities in their time of need,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis . “I am pleased to announce that Volunteer Florida has activated the Florida Disaster Fund so that people can donate directly to those affected by Hurricane Ian. We greatly appreciate the kindness and generosity of organizations and individuals from across the country looking to support Floridians, thank you.” “When a disaster strikes our great state, Volunteer Florida is committed to help provide relief where it is most needed. We channel every available dollar to work towards rebuilding and recovery efforts in our affected communities,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Josie Tamayo. “The Florida Disaster Fund is an excellent way for the private sector and individuals to financially support Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian." Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax-deductible. Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website www.floridadisasterfund.org or by check to the below address. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line. Volunteer Florida Foundation Attention: Florida Disaster Fund 1545 Raymond Diehl Road Suite 250 Tallahassee, FL 32308
Good afternoon! It appears that Hurricane Ian is "expected" to make landfall around the Tampa/Clearwater area. After meeting today with Liberty County Emergency Management and consulting with other Superintendents in our area, there are no scheduled school closures for Liberty County. I will continue to monitor the storm and continue to meet with our EOC leadership. If there is a change to the forecast, and the need for closures arises, I will let you know as soon as possible. We continue to keep in our thoughts and prayers those in the direct path of the storm. We know what that feels like! Sincerely, Kyle Peddie Liberty County Superintendent of Schools
Good afternoon, As of the 5am advisory today, Tropical Storm Ian has now become Hurricane Ian. The latest storm track has moved a bit east. There is still a lot of uncertainty once the storm gets into the Gulf. Some models have it going anywhere from Destin to Fort Myers. I met with our school leadership this morning at 9:30am to discuss what Thursday and Friday may look like for school and for extra-curricular activities. I also met with county officials at the Liberty County Emergency Management Office at 11:15am today to discuss preparation for the storm. These meetings will continue twice daily. We are all in agreement to be in a preparation mode rather than a panic mode. I've also been in contact with the panhandle Superintendents regarding their plans. We have all agreed we will have a clearer picture tomorrow afternoon. We will conference again tomorrow at 2:30pm. As this time there are no school closures in Liberty County. As stated yesterday, if the need for school closures arises, I will send out guidance on ParentSquare, our district website, on school Facebook pages (including my personal FB page), and on local radio and TV media outlets. I will continue to provide updates until the storm passes by. Again, please take time to prepare for the storm by getting your supplies now. #preparationoverpanic Praying for LC! Sincerely, Kyle Peddie Liberty County Superintendent of Schools
Good morning! TD9 is now Tropical Storm Ian. Yesterday the track shifted more westward putting us closer to the center of the storm. This is beginning to look like a significant event later this week. Please take time as I mentioned Friday to make sure your Hurricane Preparedness Lists are complete. I would highly encourage everyone to stock up on those items TODAY that are needed in the event of a loss of power and/or water. I will be meeting with our staff in the morning to discuss preparation at our schools. At this time there are NO school closures. If the need arises later this week for closures, I will send it out on ParentSquare, post on Facebook (schools and my personal FB page), and alert the local TV stations. We remember how devastating Hurricane Michael was in 2018. Make sure you and your family are PREPARED to weather the storm! Praying for LC! Sincerely, Kyle Peddie Liberty County Superintendent of Schools
Good afternoon everyone! Obviously activity in the tropics is picking up this September. It looks like Tropical Storm 9 will possibly have some impact in the Gulf of Mexico next week. Early models were not very favorable for the panhandle, but the latest tracking has made an easterly shift. We are still quite a few days from knowing the direct path of the storm. As we have learned in the past, the projected storm path can change overnight. I've attached the latest forecast to this ParentSquare that was shared with me from Liberty County Emergency Management. This weekend would be a good time to check your hurricane preparedness checklists. I've listed some guidance below to help. Have a great weekend and BE PREPARED! Go Panthers and Go Dawgs! Sincerely, Kyle Peddie Liberty County Superintendent of Schools Hurricane Safety Checklists The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag. Make your preparations easier by downloading the checklists included with each category and use them as you shop and store your supplies. Water Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more. Store one gallon of water per person per day. Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation). Food Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of Sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit: Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables Canned juices Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.) High energy foods Vitamins Food for infants Comfort/stress foods First Aid Kit Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car. (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes. (1) 5″ x 9″ sterile dressing. (1) conforming roller gauze bandage. (2) triangular bandages. (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads. (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads. (1) roll 3″ cohesive bandage. (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (6) antiseptic wipes. (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves. Adhesive tape, 2″ width. Anti-bacterial ointment. Cold pack. Scissors (small, personal). Tweezers. CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield. Non-Prescription Drugs Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever Anti-diarrhea medication Antacid (for stomach upset) Laxative Activated charcoal (use if advised by the American Association of Poison Control Centers ) Tools and Supplies Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils Emergency preparedness manual Battery-operated radio and extra batteries Flashlight and extra batteries Cash and/or change Non-electric can opener, utility knife Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type Tube tent Pliers Tape Compass Lighter or matches in a waterproof container Aluminum foil Plastic storage containers Signal flare Paper, pencil Needles, thread Medicine dropper Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water Whistle Plastic sheeting List of local shelters Sanitation Hand sanitizer Disinfectant wipes Cloth face masks (two per person) Toilet paper, towelettes Soap, liquid detergent Feminine supplies Personal hygiene items Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses) Plastic bucket with tight lid Disinfectant Household chlorine bleach Clothing and Bedding Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person. Sturdy shoes or work boots Rain gear Blankets or sleeping bags Hat and gloves Thermal underwear* Sunglasses *REMINDER: The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through November 30, and our hurricane-vulnerable residents that live in Northern areas need to be prepared in the event of a late-season storm. Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons. For Baby Formula Diapers Bottles Powdered milk Medications For Adults Heart and high blood pressure medication Insulin Prescription drugs Denture needs Contact lenses and supplies Extra eye glasses Entertainment Board games and other games that don’t require batteries or electricity, books for adult readers and for children. For Pets In the interest of protecting pets, the Humane Society of the United States offers these tips for inclusion in your family disaster plan: Do not leave your pets behind. Securely fasten a current identification tag to your pet’s collar and carry a photograph of your pet. It’s important to include the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you. Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes or harnesses. Call hotels in a safe/host location and ask if you can bring your pets. Ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster. Most emergency shelters do not admit pets. Call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location to arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together. Pack a week’s supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter. Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.). Possessions and Documents Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container: Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds Passports, social security cards, immunization records Bank account numbers Credit card account numbers and companies Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates) Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car. Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc. Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications. Source/Reference: American Red Cross
Greetings Parent/Guardian- I hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday! As you know, Liberty County School District began administration of Florida's new progress monitoring assessment, FAST, as outlined in F.S. 1008.25 . This new progress monitoring assessment is given three times during the school year (PM1, PM2, & PM3) for VPK-10th grade in English Language Arts (ELA) and VPK-8th grade in Mathematics. FAST replaces the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and is fully aligned to the state's new adopted standards, the Benchmarks for Excelling in Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.). Students in our district started with the ELA portion last week and this week will be completing PM1 for Math. Florida Statute also dictates that each student's parent/guardian should be provided their results within two weeks of administering the assessment. As such, you should begin to see Individual Student Reports go home next week outlining your child's performance in ELA and Math on PM1. With this assessment being new, I did want to provide some additional information and background regarding PM1 to ensure you better understand its purpose and meaning. The first point of clarification is that all FAST Assessments are computer-adaptive. This means that items may become progressively harder or easier on the assessment depending on how the student responds (correctly or incorrectly). For this transitional year, it is important for all to understand that PM1 (baseline) & PM2 (mid-year) are for informational purposes only and are used by the school/teacher, to identify strengths, opportunities for growth, and instructional strategies to reach leaning targets by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. When looking at your student(s) PM1 report, realize it is a baseline assessment measuring performance against grade-level standards for their current grade. As the 2022-2023 school year has just begun, your child has not received instruction over most of these standards and mastery is not expected at this point in the school year. For this reason many students may have scored lower that on previous state assessments. Not to worry, as this is expected. Educators in our district will use these baseline results to establish learning targets and instructional strategies that will produce learning gains. These gains will be measured in PM2 (mid-year) to see where our schools/students are at and if additional strategies need to be implemented. This will all be leading up the end-of-year assessment (PM3) were the vital information provided by PM1 & PM2, along with learning gains, will yield growth and on-grade level performance for students. Below are a few links that provide additional information regarding FAST: FAST Fact Sheet FAST Portal FLDOE B.E.S.T. Standards Assessment Resources Additionally, also feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if I can assist in any way. Thank you for your support. Go DAWGS & Go PANTHERS! Jeff Sewell Assistant Superintendent Liberty County School District firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 643-2275
Dear Parent/Guardian- As you may already know, on March 15, 2022 Governor DeSantis signed SB 0148. This bill, which is effective July 1st of 2022, modifies the statewide assessment program to now include a progress monitoring system for VPK – 10th grades in English/Language Arts (ELA) and VPK-8th grades in Mathematics . Current EOC assessments in Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, US History, Civics, as well as NGSSS Science will the remain the same as in previous years. The new progress monitoring system implemented by Florida’s Department of Education for ELA and Math is called The Florida Assessment of Student Thinking, or FAST for short. The FAST will be administered three times per year to track your student’s progress in learning the Benchmarks of Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards throughout this school year. The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your student(s) will participate in the first administration of FAST (PM1) for Grades VPK – 10th grades in English/Language Arts (ELA) and VPK-8th grades in Mathematics within the next two weeks. The assessments dates for specific grades and subjects are listed below: English/Language Arts 6th – 8th Grade: August 15th 3rd – 5th Grade: August 16th KDG – 2nd Grade: August 17th (STAR Early Literacy/Reading) 9th & 10th Grades: August 18th Mathematics 6th – 8th Grade: August 22nd 3rd – 5th Grade: August 23rd KDG – 2nd Grade: August 24th (STAR Math) Dates and times regarding VPK will be sent out in a separate communication. For details you can visit our website to view the Liberty County School District Assessment Calendar. Your student’s results from PM1 are for informational purposes only, and your student’s school will provide you with information about how to access the results after testing is completed. FAST assessments are computer-adaptive tests taken on a computer or tablet. The questions get easier or more difficult depending on how the student responds, and each student will see different questions from a common item bank. In each test attempt (PM1, PM2, and PM3) students will encounter items representative of the standards within the subject or grade level. For resources and information, including practice tests, you can visit the Students & Families page of the FAST Portal. If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact: LCHS: Donna Summers (850) 643-2241 W.R. Tolar: Bess Revell or Brenda Green (850) 643-2426 Hosford: Beckie Black or Janessa Edwards (850) 379-8480 For more information about the FAST program, please visit the portal at FLFAST.org . Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him/her to do their best during this test administration. Sincerely, Jeff Sewell Assistant Superintendent LIberty County School District (850) 643-2275
Please see attached menus for the 22-23 school year for grades 9-12. These menus are subject to change due to product availability. If major changes has to be made to menus I will send out and updated menu. I hope everyone has a great school year.
Please see attached menus for the 22-23 school year for grades K-8. These menus are subject to change due to product availability. If major changes has to be made to menus I will send out and updated menu. I hope everyone has a great school year.