PG&E Power Outage Updates

  • Wednesday, Oct. 30

    2:00 p.m.

     

    All OUSD schools will be open Thursday, Oct. 31. We will continue to monitor the air quality in Oakland. Learn more at www.ousd.org/airquality

     

    Tuesday, Oct. 29

    8:00 p.m.

     

    PG&E has informed OUSD that it is planning to turn off power to parts of Oakland because of high winds tonight, but it will be an hour earlier than expected, at 10:00 p.m. During a conference call tonight, PG&E announced that the outage will cover part of tomorrow, October 30 in an area that will impact eight schools including one charter.

    The seven affected District-run schools that will have to be closed for the day are:

    - Grass Valley Elementary School
    - Howard ES
    - Joaquin Miller ES
    - Montera Middle School
    - Rudsdale Continuation High School (King Estates Campus)
    - Sojourner Truth HS
    - Skyline HS


    The one charter school affected is:
    - BayTech (King Estates Campus)

    The power shutoff is expected to end at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow, but a school may not have power until hours later after PG&E has inspected the lines for damage and turned the power back on. Based on that information, we unfortunately must keep the affected schools closed tomorrow.

    *We expect all schools to be open on Thursday, October 31.

     

    2:00 p.m.

     

    Tonight at 11:00 p.m., PG&E is planning to turn off power to parts of Oakland because of high winds and expects to call the all clear around 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. PG&E has released a preliminary set of schools that might be impacted.  We are providing you the list as an early warning, although the schools won’t be officially confirmed until this evening.

     

    The possibly affected schools are:

    • Grass Valley
    • Howard
    • Joaquin Miller
    • Montera
    • Rudsdale Continuation (on Kings Estate Campus)
    • Sojourner Truth
    • Skyline

     

    OUSD will not know which schools will lose power until after a conference call with PG&E at 6:30 tonight.

     

    To be clear, even if the power shut off ends at 7:00 a.m., a school may not actually have power until hours later after PG&E has inspected the lines for damage and re-energized the power. During tonight’s call, we will request that PG&E provide a final list of schools and an accurate timeline for restoring power to those schools. Based on that information, we will make a decision about whether to keep all schools open, start classes late tomorrow for affected schools, or begin the school day without power.

     

    We are also continuing to monitor air quality issues. This information changes hour-to hour. At the time of this message, Oakland was considered “moderate” and not under advisory for sensitive groups. Currently, we are tracking air quality through the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website.

     

     

     

    Monday, Oct. 28

    3 OUSD schools will be closed Tuesday 10/29. The rest of OUSD's schools will be open. The 3 closed schools are:

    • Community Day; 
    • Carl Munck; and 
    • Redwood Heights.

    Based on what PG&E is telling us now, we may face more outages on Wednesday.

    We will share more information as soon as we can. The power outage may pose communications challenges. Official messages will be sent via robocall, our website (www.ousd.org), and social media (@OUSDnews), plus we will inform the news media.

    On a related note, we are monitoring the air quality constantly, and will keep you up to date on any changes to programming at schools if it reaches unhealthy levels.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work together to meet the needs of our students.

     

     

    Sunday Oct. 27

    16 OUSD schools will be closed tomorrow Monday, Oct. 28. The rest of OUSD's schools will be open.

    The 16 closed schoools are:

    • Carl Munck;
    • Chabot;
    • Claremont;
    • Community Day School (6-12);
    • Grass Valley;
    • Hillcrest;
    • Howard;
    • Joaquin Miller;
    • Kaiser;
    • Montclair;
    • Montera;
    • Redwood Heights;
    • Rudsdale Continuation School;
    • Skyline;
    • Sojourner Truth; and
    • Thornhill.

    At this time, we believe all schools will be open on Tuesday.  Please check back for additional updates.

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    Friday, Oct. 25 - All OUSD schools are open today.

    1:15 p.m. 

    • PG&E has notified the District that once again - at about noon Saturday - PG&E is planning to shut off the power to specific Oakland neighborhoods. There are nineteen district run schools that could be impacted and/or closed. This could happen on Monday. Based on the latest information from PG&E, the following district-run schools are most likely to lose power. If so, they will be closed:
      • Bret Harte
      • Carl Munck
      • Chabot
      • Claremont
      • Community Day
      • Fruitvale
      • Grass Valley
      • Howard
      • Hillcrest
      • Joaquin Miller
      • Kaiser
      • Montclair
      • Montera
      • Redwood Heights
      • Rudsdale Continuation
      • Sequoia
      • Skyline
      • Sojourner Truth
      • Thornhill
    • We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the weekend to keep the community updated of school closure decisions due to the power outage.

     


     12:15 p.m.

     

    • The wind event is estimated to potentially take place from Saturday at 6 p.m. through Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.

     

    • Shutoffs may begin as early as Saturday at 3 p.m. and last past 2 p.m. on Monday, with the exact time for the return of power to be determined.

     

    • We will continue to monitor the situation today and throughout the weekend to keep the community updated of any potential school closures on Monday. 

     

     


     

    Friday, Oct. 11 - All OUSD schools are open today. Power is on.

    Thursday, Oct. 10 - All OUSD schools are open today, except for nine: Fruitvale; Grass Valley; Howard; Montclair; Sequoia; Elmhurst United; Rudsdale Continuation; Skyline; and Sojourner Truth.

     

    4:15 p.m. - Elmhurst United will be open tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. we hope to be able to provide an update about whether or not the other eight schools that were closed today will re-open tomorrow.

     

     

    1:25 p.m. - Message from Alameda County: We just learned from PG&E that the power restoration efforts for Alameda County have been delayed from noon to 2pm on October 10. At 2pm the situation will be re-evaluated.

     

     

    7:30 a.m. - The following nine schools are closed today: Fruitvale; Grass Valley; Howard; Montclair; Sequoia; Elmhurst United; Rudsdale Continuation; Skyline; and Sojourner Truth.

     

     

    Wednesday, Oct. 9 - All OUSD schools are open, except for Skyline

     

    4:00 p.m. - The following message was shared with OUSD families and staff via robocall.

     

    Greetings Oakland Unified Community,

    This is communications director, John Sasaki. I am calling to let you know that all OUSD schools--except for nine--will be open tomorrow. The nine schools that will be closed because of the power outage tomorrow, October 10 are: Fruitvale; Grass Valley; Howard; Montclair; Sequoia; Elmhurst United; Rudsdale Continuation; Skyline; and Sojourner Truth. Based on current information, we expect all schools to be open on Friday. We will share more information as soon as we can. The power outage may pose communication challenges. Official messages will be sent via robocall, our website (www.ousd.org), and social media (@OUSDnews). Thank you for your continued patience as we work together to meet the needs of our students.

     

    12:00 p.m. - The following letter was shared with OUSD families and staff.
    For translated versions of this letter, please click here.

     

    We are working to provide the most up-to-date information about possible school closures due to the PG&E power outage. The full impact of these outages in Oakland is still being determined based on the information that we receive from our schools and from PG&E.  If a school loses power today, it will be closed on Thursday, October 10. 

     

    To learn if your student’s school will be closed tomorrow, please visit www.OUSD.org/pgepoweroutage. We will also send robocalls to confirm closures on Thursday. If PG&E extends the shutoff beyond Thursday, we will let you know as early as possible by providing you daily updates. Based on current information, we expect schools to be open on Friday. The power outage will pose communication challenges. We will share official updates via robocall, our website at www.OUSD.org/pgepoweroutage, and social media.

     

    OUSD is a full-service community district that provides important support to our families. We know these PG&E power outages are disrupting these vital supports. Unfortunately, OUSD has no control over these public safety power shutoffs.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we work together to meet the needs of our students.

     

    8:00 a.m. - Update

    All OUSD schools are in session, with the exception of Skyline High School.

    Skyline High School is closed today.

     

    Tuesday, Oct. 8

    8:00 p.m. - The following message was shared via robocall announcing all schools except Skyline High School will be open tomorrow Wednesday, October 9.

     

    All OUSD schools are in session for the entire school district with the exception of Skyline High School. Skyline will be closed. On Wednesday, at about noon, PG&E is planning to shut off the power to specific neighborhoods. If a school loses power, the school will implement its blackout protocol to ensure student safety... and school leadership will dismiss students at the regularly scheduled time. At those sites that lose power, after school programs will be cancelled. It is important to keep in mind that some traffic signals may not be working as you make arrangements for getting your students home from school. OUSD has no control over these public safety power shut offs, however, we want to ensure that our families have all the information they need. If the high wind event and increased fire danger remains high and PG&E extends the shutoff beyond Wednesday, we will let you know as early as possible if schools will remain be open or closed. We will communicate via robocall, OUSD.org, social media, and news and radio.

    1:00 p.m.

     

    7:00 a.m. - Updates from PG&E

    • If conditions persist, we may need to turn off power for safety.
    • If we do need to turn off power for safety, we will work to restore power as soon as it is safe to do so.
    • In most cases, we would expect to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours after weather has passed.
    • Depending on weather conditions or if any repairs are needed, outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours.
    • For planning purposes, we suggest preparing for multiple-day outages.
    • We will continue to monitor conditions and will contact you with further updates
    • Maps of impacted areas are also available for download at pge.com/pspseventmaps.

     

    Monday, Oct. 7

    Based on the plans so far from PG&E, it appears that about ten schools could have their power shut down this week. The power would be turned off not just at the schools, but also in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Overview

  • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced that they may shut off power to some OUSD schools (and surrounding neighborhoods) as part of a new fire safety protocol due to gusty winds and dry conditions in the forecast. We are working to provide the most up to date information for dealing with these challenges.

Stay Informed

  • If we learn that the power at your child's school will be turned off, we will:

    • Send out a robocall to all students, families and staff at the affected schools as soon as possible.
    • Post the list of closed schools on our website homepage: www.ousd.org
    • Post information to our social media channels (@OUSDnews on Twitter and Facebook). 
    • Disseminate information to school sites to share with families.

      

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PG&E Resources

How to Prepare for a Power Outage

    • Confirm or update your contact information with PG&E. PG&E will send notifications to the contacts we have on file in advance of a shutoff, when possible.

    • Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets. A Public Safety Power Shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions.

    • Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water and non-perishable food to last your household one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.

    • Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup.

    • Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.

    • If you have a generator, make sure it's ready to operate safely.

    • Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.

    • Have a battery-powered or crank radio.

    • Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on. Include two extra sets in various sizes.

    • Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas. ATMs and gas stations may not be available during an outage.

    • Learn how to manually open your garage or any other door that operates with electricity.

    • Talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.