Power Outages in Castro Valley

UPDATE at 10 a.m.
 
Due to power outages and down Internet throughout the district, many teachers are unable to connect with students. Students with teachers who are unable to connect are to continue their asynchronous work as much as possible for today. We will update you as soon as we have more information.  
 
 
October 25, 2020 at 9 a.m.
 
Dear CVUSD Families,

We have learned that numerous households and schools in Castro Valley are without power this morning. Currently, we are aware that Chabot Elementary, Proctor Elementary, Redwood High School and the District Office are without power and all sites are currently without Internet.

If your household experiences an outage, please call your school’s attendance line to report the incident as soon as you are able. Your student will not be penalized if they are unable to participate in distance learning due to power outages. Some of our teachers might also not have power at  home or at work and may have difficulty connecting with students  at times today. Some of the issues with the power outage may be related to down power lines rather than the scheduled PSPS. Please take care, exercise patience, and stay safe. Together, we will make it through these challenging times.
 
In general, to prepare for potential outages Emergency Services recommend that families: 
  • Keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged to ensure you’re able to receive emergency notifications if necessary. 
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit with flashlights, first aid supplies, food, water and cash.
  • Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets- Visit the PG&E Safety Action Center at safetyactioncenter.pge.com for tips on how to build an emergency plan.
  • Have flashlights handy in the event outages occur/extend through the night
  • Take advantage of this opportunity to ‘unplug’ - play a board game as a family, read a book, look at the stars 
  • Have a battery-powered or crank radio 
  • Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on 
  • Practice opening and closing your garage door manually 
  • Talk with your building manager (if you live/work in a building with elevators or key card access) 
  • Keep emergency numbers in your phone 

What to do after the power goes off:
  • Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power is restored.
  • Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. Then, turn your appliances on, one at a time.
  • Be sure to use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors only. Do not use a gas stove for heat.
  • For food safety tips, the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services has a detailed list at their site: Food Safety During A Power Outage