It has come to our attention that some families in Castro Valley may be receiving a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) notice for October 14-16, 2020. It is our understanding that PG&E has started to use rotating power outages to alleviate strain on its power grid.
We want to assure you that if you are impacted by an outage, students will not be penalized for not participating in distance learning during the power outage. If a student experiences a power outage, we ask that their parent/guardian call the attendance line at their school and report the incident. It will be treated as an excused absence and the student will be given time to complete their work as outlined in Board Policy 5113, Absences and Excuses.
In general, to prepare for potential outages we recommend families:
- Keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged to ensure you’re able to receive emergency notifications if necessary.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit with flashlights, first aid supplies, food, water and cash.
- Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets- Visit the PG&E Safety Action Center at safetyactioncenter.pge.com for tips on how to build an emergency plan.
- Have flashlights handy in the event outages occur/extend through the night
- Take advantage of this opportunity to ‘unplug’ - play a board game as a family, read a book, look at the stars
- Have a battery-powered or crank radio
- Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on
- Practice opening and closing your garage door manually
- Talk with your building manager (if you live/work in a building with elevators or key card access)
- Keep emergency numbers in your phone
For more information please go to: https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/?_ga=2.189012264.2093036897.1602520853-1560832913.1592321468