Power Shutdown Information 10/8/19
Tue, Oct 8 1:49pm

Dear Redwood Heights Families, 

You may have read in the news, some cities in Northern California are experiencing preventative power shutdowns due to the possibility of power lines sparking wildfires. At this time our school, Redwood Heights Elementary, will not be affected by the PG& E Power Safty Shutdown. I am in close contact with OUSD's Central Office. We will keep you informed of any updates. Below is the OUSD Communication to Families and Community from John Sasaki. If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to call our office at 510-531-6644.

Best,

Principal Bagby-Ellison

 

Dear Oakland Unified Community,

 

As you may have been hearing in the news, some cities in Northern California are experiencing preventative power shutdowns - or rolling blackouts - due to the possibility of power lines sparking wildfires. PG&E has informed OUSD that the same thing could happen in other parts of the Bay Area, including Oakland.

 

Such a move by PG&E could happen here if the humidity drops below 20% and if winds are above 20 mph with wind gusts of at least 40 mph. Given that there is often high fire danger in many parts of Oakland, experts say there is a slight possibility that such blackout conditions could develop here in the East Bay during this week’s heatwave, and a greater likelihood that they will develop later this year.

 

If the power is turned off, it might affect only part of the city and therefore only some of our schools. If it’s the entire city, then all the schools could be affected. District leaders are monitoring the conditions and will determine how each school should handle any rolling blackout. In some cases, school could be cancelled, in others, schools might operate on a modified schedule.

The District is on PG&E’s priority list and we will be notified as early as possible if there is a preventative power shutdown. OUSD will immediately inform you by robocall, email, press release and social media if there will be changes or cancellations to school schedules. Ideally, this will happen before school begins for the day, but it is possible that OUSD will learn of impending blackouts during the school day. If that happens, we will quickly inform you how it will affect schools and classes.

 

For more information about being prepared for power outages and staying safe, you can go to the PG&E website here.

 

We hope that a preventative power shutdown will not be necessary in Oakland, but if they are, we will let you know as early as we can.

 

Thank you.

 

John Sasaki

Communications Director