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Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

As you may be aware, PG&E is implementing Public Safety Power Shutoffs (also known as de-energization) when weather conditions put parts of our community at a high risk for fire. This important precaution is meant to help reduce the risk of wildfires. It is important to note that power outages are not new to our county—indeed, many rural schools regularly experience outages due to inclement weather. 
Although our District has no control over when and where these shut-offs occur, we are committed to communicating with you as quickly as possible and making sure we are prepared for these types of emergencies.

Because some district communication resources are reliant on our local power supply, email, text, and phone alerts may not be an option. Please be sure to leverage the following communication tools to stay informed:

Visit the district website and social media pages - We will be posting on the following channels if a power shut-off does occur. For Facebook and Twitter, you do not need an account to view updates. 
PHASE 1:  48 HOURS PRIOR TO PLANNED POWER SHUTOFF:  Early warning that PG&E has given 48-hour notification of a possible power shutoff and that we are monitoring the situation. Under most circumstances, CVUSD will not initiate the closure of schools or offices based upon the 48-hour notification. At this point, please plan for school to continue as scheduled.
PHASE 2:  24 HOURS PRIOR TO PLANNED POWER SHUTOFF:  You will receive an update informing you if the power shutoff has been cancelled/postponed or if it is still scheduled. If the power shutoff is still scheduled, you will be informed no later than 7 p.m. We will continue to monitor and confirm if schools are open and closed no later than 6 a.m. 
PHASE 3:  DURING PLANNED POWER SHUTOFF: If school is closed, you will receive daily updates until the power is switched back on and school is back in session and offices are back to business-as-usual. 


Following are some resources to help your family prepare personally:
  • Make sure you can receive updated information from PG&E by updating your contact information at Manage your Account
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your family’s needs when the power goes out.
  • Review the supplies that are available in your household in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water stored to meet your family’s basic needs for at least a few days.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
  • Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
  • Address Lookup for Potential Power Shutoff
  • PSPS Fact Sheet May 2019
  • PG&E Shutdown Info from ACOE