Author - Liberty School
Modified - 10/15/2017 03:05pm
Liberty School Wednesday Notes
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Good afternoon Liberty Families.
I hope you and your family are doing well. I've been looking over the fire maps, wind predictions, air-quality forecast and staff availability. Everything is looking much more positive at this time. While all decisions are tentative while there are still active fires, I believe we can safely meet the requirements to open school on Monday. We have an abatement plan in place that requires us to clean school surfaces inside and out and replace all air filters in our HVAC systems. We were able to obtain all our filters yesterday and now our staff will be cleaning today. While we will be able to return to a bit of normalcy on Monday, many of our friends, families and neighbors are not as fortunate. Hopefully in the coming days our school community can find a way to work together to help another school community that has suffered. Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.
Dear Liberty Families,
I hope this message finds your family and friends safe and secure.
I spent this morning meeting with State, County and other local school officials learning about the devastation that has occurred in Sonoma and other neighboring counties over the past 5 days. It has been a horrific week for many of our families, friends and neighbors. Hopefully the wind and weather will cooperate and help our fire crews as they battle the blazes that continue.
At Liberty, we are hoping to be able to reopen as soon as possible. I've learned that we have to meet some State guidelines to reopen the school. First, the air quality has to improve and not be classified as unhealthy. Current forecast has air quality falling into a category that would allow us to reopen Monday. However, we have been advised that with the continuing fires, those forecasts can not be counted on this far out. Second, we need to clean all ash and other fire debris from campus.
If the air quality forecast is accurate, we will hopefully be able to be out on campus cleaning and preparing for reopening Sunday afternoon. You will receive another call Sunday to update our families about our ability to reopen.
In addition, please take a look at the attached document (click on the link below) that helps to explain how to talk with children after traumatic events. Hopefully your family doesn't need these tips but it is available, if necessary.
Tips for Talking to Children and Youth
Hello Liberty families. I hope that this message finds you and your family safely together. The fires continue to move unpredictably around the County and the winds are expected to increase over the course of the next 24 to 36 hours. With that information, the poor air quality, and the difficulty in reaching our families in the case of an evacuation we have decided to close school for the rest of the week. I understand this may be a burden for some of our families and apologize for any hardship this may cause but feel we need to make sure that we put the safety of our kids, families and staff first. Take care and be safe.
- Chris Rafanelli