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SRVUSD Update: Air Quality and PG&E's Power Shutoffs
Posted 10/25/19

 

We want to update you on the most current information we have regarding 2 separate events that could impact our schools:

 

Air Quality

First we want you to know that we are closely monitoring the air quality conditions in our area. Smoke from the wildfires burning in the North Bay, as well as smoke from a wildfire currently burning in Livermore is drifting into our valley. The District is continually monitoring the air quality and is committed to keeping the community informed in a timely manner about decisions regarding school and school-related activities.

 

As of right now, the air quality falls into acceptable levels and we are not altering any activities at school sites. Districts and counties are communicating with each other, as well as with air quality management agencies and county health officials, continually and around the clock, to ensure student safety. We will continue to keep a close eye on the air quality and if anything changes, we will let you know.

 

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs

The next thing we want you to know is that PG&E has again announced a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that may impact some SRVUSD sites starting this weekend. Red Flag warnings and high winds are being forecast for Sunday and PG&E has indicated that a power shutoff could impact our area.

 

All schools in the SRVUSD will be open as usual on Monday, October 28, 2019, whether or not they lose power due to a planned shutdown. We want to reassure you that our schools will be safe and fully staffed. We understand that some programs will be limited at impacted schools, but the sites are prepared for these events and are ready to make accommodations and adjustments as necessary depending on the circumstances. We will do as we have done in the past and communicate an update with staff and parents each school day by 2 p.m. until the event is over.

 

Based on the most current information provided by PG&E, the following sites may lose power starting this weekend: 

  • Green Valley Elementary

  • Live Oak Elementary

  • Rancho Romero Elementary

  • Vista Grande Elementary

At this time, we are not aware that any other sites will be affected, but that may change. Please keep in mind that this information is fluid based on changing weather conditions. PG&E is making the decisions for its customers. Though not all sites are predicted to be affected, all sites are preparing, just in case they are unexpectedly part of the shut down.

 

We understand that the absence of power can be an inconvenience for our staff, students and families and we appreciate your patience during this time. We are doing everything we can as a District, to make sure that a power shut off has the least impact possible on our students. 

 

As was the case last time during the PSPS, gas will not be shut down, which means our schools will continue to have access to warm water. Water pressure (for restrooms and otherwise) is also expected to remain available. 

 

Students who purchase lunches at school will be provided an option that does not require cooking or refrigeration. We will prioritize student safety and be creative in ensuring that student learning continues. During the shutoff, administration at all sites have radios and analog phones that can be used for emergency purposes.

If your child has a medication on campus that requires refrigeration, school office staff will contact you to make arrangements for your child.  As always, we understand that families must make the best decisions for their students.

 

You can learn more about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), view the affected areas and sign up to receive updates by visiting PG&E’s Website. PG&E plans to provide the most recent updates via their Twitter feed. You can follow them on Twitter @PGE4Me. 

 

If you have questions about SRVUSD and its schools, please email communications@srvusd.net. The District will also be providing updates via our social media as information becomes available. If you are not already following us, please follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/srvusd) and Twitter @SRVUSD1. 

We appreciate your patience and your adaptability in a rapidly changing situation from day to day.