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Public Safety Power Shutoffs Information

At Romoland School District, the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Given the increased risk of fires to our community in recent years, it is important that our District and our families prepare for both wildfires and power outages. Anticipating these occurrences, we want to provide you with the following information to keep you informed about school safety protocols and to help you and your family prepare. 

 

Power Outages

Local power utilities such as Southern California Edison (SCE) recently developed plans to shut down power during elevated weather conditions in order to reduce the risk of wildfires. The Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Program could lead to multi-day power outages in many areas during periods of extremely hot, dry and/or windy weather. 

Although PSPS events are a last resort in a line of operational procedures SCE plans to employ to mitigate fire risk, they have stated these events are expected to become our new normal during heat waves and other extreme weather events. 

When forecasts indicate elevated weather conditions, SCE will begin notifying those in areas that may be affected. SCE considers a number of factors and conditions before declaring a PSPS. These include, but are not limited to:

  • High winds (including Red Flag Warnings declared by the National Weather Service)
  • Low humidity
  • Dry vegetation that could serve as fuel
  • On-the-ground observations 
  • Fire threat to electric infrastructure
  • Public safety risk

Though SCE has stated their intent to provide at least 3 notices to regions that may be impacted by shutdowns, the de-energization of power lines may occur with little notice. SCE plans to notify affected customers approximately 48 hours in advance of a potential PSPS event, and will attempt to notify customers again approximately 24 hours before power is shut off. 

 

School Closures Due to Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

In the event a PSPS event affects RSD schools during the school day, we plan to finish out the school day. In the event that power remains out in the following days, the affected site(s) may be closed on a case-by-case basis. Please note, power outages may not impact all regions at the same time. Thus, some schools and districts may be closed, while others will remain open. Please be aware of this factor if you have students who attend more than one school. 

In the event that we lose power during the school day, we maintain the ability to:

  • Provide clean drinking water and restroom facilities
  • Provide appropriate food service options
  • Provide limited telephone communications
  • Provide fire and school alarm functions
  • Back up power for a limited amount of time

Our aim is to communicate our intent to close school(s) as soon as reasonably possible after receiving a notice of an upcoming power outage from SCE. In some cases, this may come on short notice. In all cases, the safety of students and staff will be our top priority. 

In the event RSD schools and/or offices are affected by power outages, we will communicate to families and staff through multiple channels of communication including phone, text, email, social media, and websites. Please take this opportunity to review your Illuminate Parent Portal account and update your contact information to ensure that you receive updates promptly. 

In addition to our mass communication system, we encourage you to visit our district website and social media pages for updates. We will be posting on the following channels in the event a power shutoff does occur. Please note, you do not need an account to view updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

  1. Website: https://www.romoland.net/
  2. Facebook: @RomolandSD
  3. Twitter: @RomolandSD
  4. Instagram:@RomolandSD