Monday, October 28
We are pleased to report that all PUSD schools will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29.
We would like to thank our partners at the City of Pleasanton for their collaboration and support through this fluid situation.
The City has set up a helpful website with resources and updates regarding PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which we continue to encourage families to utilize: http://psps.cityofpleasantonca.gov/index.html
Additionally, families can look up addresses affected by any future planned outages on PG&E’s website at https://psps.ss.pge.com/
Thank you to our families, staff and students for their flexibility and support during this unprecedented event.
The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will be continuing to monitor information around planned outages as well as air quality conditions with a number of wildfires ongoing in Northern California - we continue to keep the families affected by these fires in our thoughts.
As of now, power has been restored to Fairlands Elementary, Lydiksen Elementary and Foothill High School. We continue to work with our partners at the City of Pleasanton, PG&E and County services regarding the fluid situation regarding the public safety power shutoffs (PSPS).
As you may know, PG&E has announced a second PSPS tomorrow morning, Tuesday, October 27, beginning 4:30 a.m. We have not yet received conclusive information regarding affected areas for this new PSPS, or notifications regarding power shut-offs at any school sites.
At this time, we are planning to hold school tomorrow as normal. Please understand that this situation is fluid - we appreciate your flexibility and patience as we learn more. We have our next meeting with the City of Pleasanton and PG&E at 6 p.m. and will share an update following this meeting. We will also plan to provide a follow up tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.,Tuesday, October 29.
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We’re continuing to collaborate with the City of Pleasanton and PG&E to gather current and up to date information to make decisions in the best interest of our students and staff.
We will continue to share updates here and on our District Facebook and Twitter (@PleasantonUSD).
Thank you for your continued support and flexibility,
Sunday, October 27
UPDATE 3, 4:00 p.m.:
With current power outages expected to continue through tomorrow morning at Lydiksen, Fairlands and Foothill High, these schools will remain closed on Monday, October 28. This is being done as a precaution, as our fire alarms, safety systems and lights will not be functional until after power is restored. If you have students at Fairlands, Lydiksen and Foothill, please DO NOT send your students to school. All other schools will be open as usual.
Energy restoration is expected to take 48 hours following the completion of the PG&E public safety power shutoffs. Even when power is restored, the school site must restore security systems such as fire alarms as well as our kitchens and food storage, which will take additional time.
We are holding joint meetings with the City of Pleasanton, PG&E as well as Alameda County Emergency Services throughout the day and evening to coordinate efforts and get up to date information.
We will provide an update on Monday, October 28, at ~3 p.m regarding any additional adjustments moving forward.
PG&E has announced an additional power shutoff on Tuesday, October 29. We will share additional information regarding this power outage and any potential affect on our schools as soon as it is made available by PG&E.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation,
UPDATE 2, 11:30 a.m.:
Power outages continue at Lydiksen, Fairlands and Foothill High Schools due to the planned PG&E public safety power shutoffs.
Out of an abundance of caution, as power is shutoff at Fairlands, Lydiksen and Foothill, these schools are effectively closed at this time.
We continue to coordinate with PG&E and the City of Pleasanton and will follow up at approximately 3 p.m. regarding the duration of the power shutoff and the status of school on Monday.
Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate this fluid situation,
Saturday, October 26, 9:30 p.m.
UPDATE #1: Power outages have been confirmed at Foothill High School, Lydiksen Elementary and Fairlands Elementary.
Check back for updates - we will share information as we know more.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has announced a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) outage across the Bay Area, including areas of Alameda County due to anticipated red flag winds and wildfire risk beginning Saturday, October 26 through Monday at 2 p.m.
Based on current information from PG&E, schools anticipated to be affected by power shutoffs include:
- Foothill High School
- Lydiksen Elementary
- Fairlands Elementary School
We will be working to gather updated information throughout the weekend. Please keep in mind that this information is fluid based on changing weather conditions and decisions made by PG&E. Individual addresses can be checked to see if they are scheduled for power shutoff at https://psps.ss.pge.com/.
How to Stay Informed about Outages Affecting Specific PUSD Schools.
If we learn that power outages will affect any of our school sites, we will:
- Send out an auto-dialer to all families at the phone numbers listed on Q Parent Connection at the affected school sites
- Post the list of affected schools on our PUSD homepage: www.pleasantonusd.net
- Post information to our social media channels (@PleasantonUSD Twitter and Facebook)
In addition, PG&E plans to provide the most recent updates via their Twitter feed. You can follow them on Twitter@PGE4ME.
In general, we recommend families to keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged to ensure you’re able to receive emergency notifications if necessary. Families may want to consider other services that may be impacted, (gas pumps, ATMs, etc.) and plan accordingly. Additional resources and information to assist in preparing in the event of an emergency can be found at www.ready.gov.
The City of Pleasanton has set up a helpful website with information and resources related to the planned PG&E Shutoff which can be accessed at the following link: http://psps.cityofpleasantonca.gov/index.html.
We also recommend that families sign up for Nixel emergency notification alerts that the Alameda County Emergency Services and the City of Pleasanton utilize. To register for alerts, visit www.nixle.com or simply text your zip code(s) to 888777.
Thank you for your patience and support as we gather more information on this fluid situation.