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Public Safety Power Stutoff (PSPS) Updates

Power shut off

UPDATES

PSPS UPDATE: October 30, 2019 5:30 AM
All CVUSD Schools have power and all sites are open today, 10/30.
 

PSPS UPDATE: October 29, 2019 4:00 PM

Per PG&E, due to continued expectations of gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, they may need to turn off the power again at Proctor Elementary School and Canyon Middle School around 9 or 10 p.m. this evening. PG&E has stated they will start re-energizing around 8 a.m. At this point, we are going to do everything we can to keep Proctor and Canyon open tomorrow, October 30th. We will continue to keep you apprised of additional information as it becomes available.

Get the latest information on this event at pge.com/pspsupdates or check for updates on the district website www.cv.k12.ca.us

 

PSPS/Air Quality UPDATE: October 28, 2019 4:15 PM

Power has been restored at Chabot, Jensen Ranch, Palomares, Proctor Elementary Schools, Canyon Middle School and Redwood High School. As of now, all CVUSD schools are open, tomorrow, October 29, 2019.

Per PG&E (at 4:00 p.m.), due to continued expectations of gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, it is our understanding that PG&E may need to turn off the power again at Proctor Elementary School and Canyon Middle School in the next 24 hours. If that occurs, we will update you about closure.
 

Staff also continues to monitor the air quality in the District hourly. Per the Bay Area Air Quality Management District air quality is expected to be in the Moderate to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category for most of the Bay Area.  We have notified staff to limit activities that will expose children to the outside air quality as appropriate. They are utilizing all of their resources to keep students indoors if needed. 

 

Questions have come up regarding missed school days due to the closures and we wanted to share the factors we consider when making a school closure decision. First and foremost is safety for students and staff. Districts follow the listed recommendations from the California Department of Education (CDE), in addition to any other relevant local conditions or concerns, when deciding to close school.
 
Health and Safety:
  • Is access to the school site impeded?
  • Will the school be able to provide adequate supervision?
  • Is backup power available and/or does the site have adequate daylighting?
  • Will the school have safe drinking water and functioning bathrooms?
  • Can the site maintain fire and life safety via alarms or backup monitoring?
  • Will the school be able to serve meals?
  • Will the school be able to maintain student support services (e.g., health and counseling)?
 
Instructional Time:
We are in the process of asking for a waiver from the State for missed instructional time due to the emergency power shut down. We will update you with additional information when we have more clarification. Recognizing this is the new normal, for the next school year we will need to consider building in additional instructional minutes or days within our instructional calendar in case we have to close school due to  emergencies such as we have had this year.   

Public Safety Power Shutoff UPDATE: October 28, 2019 5:30 AM
Power is still out at Chabot, Jensen Ranch, Palomares, and Proctor Elementary Schools, Canyon Middle School and Redwood High School today October 28th.

School is cancelled at these sites only today, Monday, October 28th. All other CVUSD school sites not listed will remain in session. As we receive more information, we will provide you with an update.

Public Safety Power Shutoff UPDATE: October 27, 2019 3:00 PM
Power is still out at Chabot, Jensen Ranch, Palomares, and Proctor Elementary Schools, Canyon Middle School and Redwood High School.

Due to the Public Safety Power Shutoff school is cancelled at these sites only tomorrow, Monday, October 28th. However, if power is restored before morning, school will resume as normal at these school sites. We will update you by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning confirming if schools are open or closed. All other CVUSD school sites not listed will remain in session.

PSPS Update (10/25/2019 @ 7:30 p.m.)
Based on the most recent information we have from PG&E, they may still need to turn off power to Chabot, Jensen Ranch, Palomares, and Proctor Elementary Schools, Canyon Middle School and Redwood High School as a part of their Public Safety Power Shutoff starting at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th through Monday, October 28th (exact time of power restoration is T.B.D.).

We will be monitoring PG&E’s website for information and will let families know by Sunday, October 27th at 7 p.m. if any school will be closed on Monday, October 28th. If power is restored during the evening hours prior to the start of school on Monday, we will notify you confirming that school is open.

Please continue to visit www.cv.k12.ca.us for updates. Thank you.
 
Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Notice 10/24
Today, October 24th, CVUSD received a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) advisory due to expected gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk. We were notified that PG&E may need to turn off the power for public safety in approximately 36 to 48 hours (Saturday, October 26th) at Chabot, Jensen Ranch, Palomares, and Proctor Elementary Schools, Canyon Middle School and Redwood High School.
 
PG&E has indicated it will provide notice 48 hours in advance of a planned power shutoff, when possible. Such a notice will trigger the activation of the District three-phased response plan. During this response, you can expect email, voice message, and text message communications through our SchoolMessenger contact system. If you have not yet signed up for SchoolMessenger Text Messages, please do so by texting “Y” to 67587
 
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. if we are planning to close schools the next day.
 
PHASE 3:  DURING PLANNED POWER SHUTOFF: 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. You will also be able to find updates at www.cv.k12.ca.us.
 
POWER OUTAGE RESOURCES
At CVUSD, we believe that planning ahead is the best safeguard.  With this in mind, we have provided more information and resources below to help you and your family prepare for an extended power outage.
 
  • Make sure you can receive updated information from PG&E by updating your contact information at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts.
  • 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.
 

Regards,

 

Parvin Ahmadi

Superintendent