Possible PG&E Outage

Possible PG&E Outage
Posted on 10/09/2019

(Message below sent 10/9/2019 @ 11:24 am)

Dear CUSD Community:

Thank you so much for cooperating with us during this time of PG&E power shutdown ahead. We write to you today to provide a few updates and answer a few questions.

We are told to expect power will be shut down by PG&E at noon today. We are working to ensure instruction continues, and I know principals are working with faculty and staff to work toward making sure students and staff have accommodations as needed to keep schools open. Families may keep children home if they choose, and those would be marked as excused absences with students able to make up any work missed. Students will not be penalized for any time missed, but we will also work to keep providing instruction to students who attend school during this time.

Meanwhile, please know we believe we need to stay open as long as possible to help families who may not be able to keep their children home and provide supervision for them. Indeed, last night I spoke with other neighboring school district leaders in the local area who are also keeping schools open for this same reason. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation in days ahead and make decisions as needed.

We have heard questions about safety and supervision, and we want to assure you principals and support staff will be walking around campus regularly and working with teachers and students to promote safe school environments despite the PG&E power shutdown. Principals will be working with teachers to provide student supervision, particularly with regard to areas that may need to have open doors for natural light. Principals will also be monitoring campuses closely at this time for campus security, and we are in contact with local sheriffs who will be monitoring the schools today and in days ahead. Meanwhile, we know that the City of Half Moon Bay will be opening its Emergency Operations Center at Pasta Moon, and we want to thank our partners in law enforcement and local government for working to help all of us who need it.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of PG&E shutdown. CUSD remains committed to maintaining safe and secure learning environments, and I am heartened knowing families and staff are working together, showing resilience, and focusing today and every day on what we can do for every child we serve.

Sincerely,

Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Cabrillo Unified School District



(Message below sent 10/8/2019 @ 3:51 pm)

Dear CUSD Families and Staff:

Thank you for your patience as we waited today to hear from local government and PG&E about the potential power shutdown that would impact the Coastside communities. We have just now received news that PG&E will be shutting down power sometime tomorrow and for several days, and this is said to be all along the Coastside.

As we understand it, power could be shut down by PG&E from tomorrow (Wednesday 10/9) through Saturday 10/12 or even as late as Tuesday 10/15. We will all have to wait for news from PG&E, and so we also want to encourage everyone to use their website and local news outlets for updates. We also understand the tunnel may be closed and traffic concerns could be an issue during PG&E’s power shutdown.

What does this mean for us? Cabrillo Unified School District is committed to staying open during the power shutdown so we can provide families with learning and supervision for their children during this time. Some families may not be able to stay at home with their children during this time, and we will work to remain open so that families have a safe place for their children. Obviously we will not have normal operations, but we will all be working to provide instruction and supervision during this time.

We also know some families may choose to keep children home during PG&E’s power shutdown, and certainly these absences will be excused if families make decisions to keep children home. That said, we want to give you some information about what to expect going forward during times of power outage.

Many classrooms will have enough natural light to continue instruction, and I have personally met with principals to provide them with ideas of how to address classrooms that may need to be taken to multi-purpose rooms or to play areas.

We would also like families to send students with sweaters and/or jackets in case students feel cold during the power outage. While we are working to continue offering food services during this time, we would also like families to send students to school with snacks or packed lunches if it is at all possible. 

We also asked principals today to print out families’ emergency information since we will be unable to rely on internet and computer access, and attendance will be taken manually as well. 

Clearly all of us will be inconvenienced by this, and we hope everyone will understand that we will do everything we can to ensure student safety and comfort during times without power. Everyone must know that communication will be limited, and we ask you to charge your phones and laptops tonight if possible so we can work to maintain communication as needed to the best of our collective abilities.

Again, we know this is a great inconvenience for all of us now, but we are confident we can make the best out of a difficult situation if we all try to cooperate and work together to do the best that we can during this time of PG&E’s power outage. Cabrillo Unified School District staff will work to do all we can to ensure that we can remain open and provide safe supervision to our students.

Sincerely,

Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Cabrillo Unified School District

 


(Message below sent 10/8/2019 @ 11:11 am)

Dear CUSD Community:

We have heard in local news how PG&E may be planning for power shutdowns in numerous counties up and down the state. We were informed that local Coastside communities may be affected, but we have not received definitive news of PG&E decisions yet. We write today to communicate about what we know currently.

Please know we are in contact with local law enforcement, local government, and PG&E staff themselves, and all of us are monitoring this situation closely. We hope to communicate with you later today about what we hear from PG&E and what to expect about how this might impact Cabrillo Unified School District school operations if PG&E shuts power down on the Coastside.

Sincerely,

Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Cabrillo Unified School District