Wednesday, March 25, 2020

 School Closure Update

Dear Liberty Families,

I hope this message finds you and your family doing well.  I am sorry to say that I have some unfortunate news to share.  Earlier today, the County Health Officer announced the recommendation that all schools in the County close through May 1st.  Liberty will follow this request and close our campus during this period.  

Our teachers and staff are working to continue learning as best as possible during this unique and unprecedented situation.  Over the next few weeks, you will hear from your child's classroom teacher of possible extension and enrichment learning available beyond the regular independent study packets.  We will also continue to use the independent study packets as the foundation of our program. Until then, please check into our library through our website and request books by emailing

I have heard from some families about the difficulties they are facing with jobs and/or just trying to work from home while being home school teachers.  I want all of our parents to know that the Liberty staff understands that this transition is a challenge for everyone.  Do your best and contact your child's teacher when you are having difficulties and need some advice or help.  We are still here to lend a hand.  

I wish our families all the best and please contact me or your child's teacher with questions or concerns.  

Take care,
Chris Rafanelli

Miércoles 25 de marzo de 2020

 Actualización de la cerrada de la escuela

Estimadas familias de Liberty:


Espero que este mensaje los encuentre a usted y a su familia bien. Lamento decir que tengo algunas noticias desafortunadas para compartir. Hoy temprano, el Oficial de Salud del Condado anunció la recomendación de que todas las escuelas del Condado cierren hasta el 1 de mayo. Liberty seguirá esta solicitud y cerrará nuestro campus durante este período.


Nuestros maestros y personal están trabajando para continuar aprendiendo lo mejor posible durante esta situación única y sin precedentes. Durante las próximas semanas, escuchará al maestro de clase de su hijo sobre la posible extensión y aprendizaje enriquecedor disponible más allá de los paquetes de estudio independientes regulares. También continuaremos usando los paquetes de estudio independientes como la base de nuestro programa. Hasta entonces, ingrese a nuestra biblioteca a través de nuestro sitio web y solicite libros enviando un correo electrónico a


He escuchado de algunas familias sobre las dificultades que enfrentan con el trabajo y / o simplemente tratando de trabajar desde casa mientras son maestros de escuela en casa. Quiero que todos nuestros padres sepan que el personal de Liberty comprende que esta transición es difícil para todos. Hagan su mejor esfuerzos y contacten al maestro de su hijo/a cuando tenga dificultades y necesite algún consejo o ayuda. Nosotros estamos aquí para echar una mano.


Les deseo lo mejor a nuestras familias y comuníquense conmigo o con el maestro de su hijo si tienen preguntas o inquietudes.



Chris Rafanelli


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID 19 and School Closure Update

Liberty Families,

I hope this message finds you and your family doing well.  As you are aware, the Sonoma County Health Department has placed the County in a shelter-in-place mode until the end of the day on April 7th.  This means that classes will be suspended through the 7th. Hopefully, we will be able to open on April 8th.  

In the meantime, teachers and staff have prepared work packets to cover this time period.  Families that are able to and are already out for groceries or other essential travel can pick up their packets at the main office between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.  Classroom teachers will be sending out an email to all of their families informing them which day their packets will be ready.  The latest date packets will be ready will be Monday, March 23, 2020.  If you will not be leaving your home or are not able to pick up your packet, please contact the main office and we will mail your packet home in the next couple of days. Each teacher has included math, language and other curriculum areas to cover over the next couple of weeks.  In addition, they have provided a suggested daily schedule to use to try to create some level of structure and consistency.  During challenging times, these types of structures and consistency can be reassuring and comforting to children.  Teachers will be available through email and voicemail over the next couple of weeks.    

Everyone at Liberty is looking forward to the return of our students as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns over the next couple of weeks.

Take care, 
Chris Rafanelli

Familias de Liberty,


Espero que este mensaje encuentre a usted y a su familia bien. Como saben, el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Sonoma ha colocado al Condado en un modo de refugio en el hogar hasta el final del día el 7 de abril. Esto significa que las clases se suspenderán hasta el día 7. Con suerte, podremos abrir el 8 de abril.


Mientras tanto, los maestros y el personal han preparado paquetes de trabajo para cubrir este período de tiempo. Las familias que pueden y ya están en el supermercado u otros viajes esenciales pueden recoger sus paquetes en la oficina principal entre las 9:00 a.m. y las 3:00 p.m. Los maestros de clase enviarán un correo electrónico a todas sus familias informándoles qué día estarán listos sus paquetes. La última fecha en que los paquetes estarán listos será el lunes 23 de marzo de 2020. Si no va a salir de su casa o no puede recoger su paquete, comuníquese con la oficina principal y le enviaremos su paquete por correo en los próximos par de dias. Cada maestro ha incluido matemáticas, lenguaje y otras áreas del plan de estudios para cubrir durante las próximas dos semanas. Además, han proporcionado un horario diario sugerido para intentar crear algún nivel de estructura y consistencia. Durante tiempos difíciles, este tipo de estructuras y consistencia pueden ser tranquilizador y reconfortantes para los niños. Los maestros estarán disponibles por correo electrónico y correo de voz durante las próximas dos semanas.


Todos en Liberty esperan el regreso de nuestros estudiantes lo antes posible. Avíseme si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud en las próximas semanas.



Chris Rafanelli

Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID 19 and School Closure Update

Dear Liberty Families,

I wish I had better news to share about today's meeting with the County Health Officer. Dr. Mari has asked all Sonoma County Schools to suspend classes through at least March 27th and possibly April 3rd. She also shared that she thought there might be a countywide shelter in place called for all of Sonoma County.  More information should be coming from the Health Department in the next day or two.  

As for our students and learning, we are intending to make available independent study packets for all students for at least the week after Spring Break.  You will receive an email from your child's teacher letting you know when they will be ready for pick up in the main office.  If a shelter in place is called, picking up independent study work may not be possible.  Again, we will learn more in the coming days.  

While our times can seem scary and confusing, I would encourage all of us to limit the access to the current news and social media for our children.  Children can have a hard time processing and putting into scale and context these types of issues.  In truth, it can't hurt many of us to step back and limit our exposure to the nonstop parade of news and social media that can affect our ability to function successfully.  

I wish everyone all the best and please feel free to contact me or your child's teacher with questions.

 Chris Rafanelli

Saturday, March 14, 2020

COVID 19 Update 

Dear Liberty Families,

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 all Sonoma County Superintendents have been asked to suspend in-person classes for the week following Spring Break.  I will be attending a meeting with the County Health Director and Health Officer on Monday, March 16th to gain more information.  As of this time, our families should prepare for the closure of school for the week of March 23rd.  As I wrote in the letter that our students took home yesterday, Liberty has been preparing for this possibility and student work packets will be available for any time we are closed.  I will pass on more information after my meeting with the Health Department on Monday.  I assure you that the staff and I would prefer to keep Liberty open to our students and to continue to provide an essential community resource. However, it is typically best to consider the advice of the medical professionals and prioritize public health. I wish everyone well and expect more communication to come in the beginning of the coming week.  

Best Wishes,

Chris Rafanelli

Please click below for Sonoma County Office of Education Press Release regarding temporary suspension of Sonoma County Schools.

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