District Notification Regarding Potential PG&E Power Outages
October 8, 2019
Dear DUSD Community,
This morning, PG&E issued an advisory message for Alameda County stating they will potentially be disconnecting power to over 35,000 residences and businesses starting early Wednesday morning. This is due to expected gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk. If this occurs, power could be off for up to five days.
Please note, a power outage will likely happen in the middle of the night. If a power shut-off occurs, we will be closing only the affected schools. For example, if power is out at Green Elementary but is on at Wells Middle School, Green will be closed and Wells will be open. It’s also possible that power may be out at your home, but on at your home school. If power is out, please check District communication resources (found below) for a list of impacted sites.
If power is shut off during the school day, the site will remain open for that day.
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.
We also recommend you sign up to receive Nixle alerts - Text your zip code to 888777 to stay up-to-date with relevant information from your local public safety departments. You can also visit www.nixle.com for all updates issued by their website.
As a reminder, we will only be closing schools that are affected by a power shut-off. Be sure to check our communication channels above to see if your child’s school is affected. If your child’s school is closed, do not call or email school staff as phones will likely be inoperable.
We recommend you charge your cell phones and power banks (if you have them) to make sure you are able to check communications from the school district.
The safety of our staff and students is our top priority and we are committed to keeping you informed. We will keep you apprised of additional information as it becomes available.
Dr. Dave Marken