Hello Kaiser Community.
PG&E have announced that they may be doing proactive power outages that could impact Kaiser. At this time, school has NOT been canceled for any day this week. If there is a power outage that would change this, a robo-call and Konstella message will be sent right away.
For more information, read on for a message from OUSD's Director of Communication.
~ Dennis Guikema, Principal
Dear OUSD Community,
Over the past several years, fire season has become more troublesome. This week, we are facing a challenging set of circumstances. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) says due to gusty winds and dry conditions in the forecast, they will be taking proactive measures by shutting down power. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, PG&E is planning to turn off power for public safety in some parts of the Bay Area because of fire danger. The utility says it could happen in Oakland, which could affect some schools located on specific power lines. This is part of the utility’s new Public Safety Power Shutoff protocol. To learn more about the planned power outages visit: www.pge.com/pspsupdates.
Based on the plans so far from PG&E, it appears that about ten schools could have their power shut off. The power would be turned off not just at the schools, but also in the surrounding neighborhoods.
How to Stay Informed about Outages at Specific OUSD Schools
If we learn that the power at your school will be turned off, we will:
Send out a robocall to all students, families and staff at the affected schools sometime Tuesday evening, October 8, to let you know that your school will be affected.
Post the list of closed schools on our website homepage: www.ousd.org.
Disseminate information to school sites to share with families.
If you do not receive a call, you can assume your school is open as usual on Wednesday, October 9.
Also, each day we will send out additional messaging regarding the next day’s plans for affected schools and update our website and social media sites. Unfortunately, this situation could stretch into several days if the weather patterns persist.
OUSD has no control over these power outages but wants to ensure everyone is prepared. As is always the case, the health and safety of our students and staff is paramount.
Thank you for supporting education and safety at our schools.
OUSD Communications Department