Rocklin Unified School District

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (3:30 p.m.)

Dear RUSD Families and Staff:

First, I want to take this opportunity to let you know how incredibly grateful we are for your cooperation as we navigated the recent PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) activity.  This afternoon, we learned from a meeting with the Placer County Office of Education and other local agencies that it appears we will not be affected by PG&E planned PSPS this week. Therefore, we anticipate no school closures for the remainder of the week.
We will, however, monitor the most up-to-date information from PG&E and other local agencies and if anything changes, we will let you know immediately.

As PG&E’s PSPS continues in the coming weeks and months, it is important to note that power outage threats at school sites will be an ongoing issue that RUSD and many other districts in California will need to manage.  Although we have protocols in place for events such as this, we are constrained by the fact that we cannot anticipate the plans of local agencies, like PG&E, until it is fully shared with us. Once we gain information in its entirety, we then feel prepared to make the appropriate decision for all involved.

In many instances, our district is in a unique position because we will likely need to assess the potential for school closures site by site rather than closing the district entirely. Regardless of the situation, it is of the utmost importance to us that we relay timely and accurate information to you all, and of course-- on this day and all days-- our goal is to maximize safety as well as learning for our students!

At this time, if you have made any changes to your contact information on file, we would encourage you to make updates via the Aeries Parent Portal in order to stay in-the-know as PG&E’s PSPS continues. This includes any change in email address or cell phone number (for voicemails and text messaging), as those are our district’s primary way of communicating promptly with families and staff. 

The Aeries Parent Portal can be accessed here: http://parent.rocklinusd.org/

Once again, we would like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing patience. As we receive updates from PG&E, we will contact you via email and text/voice message when appropriate, 
as well as post to our district Facebook page, school websites and our district website: www.rocklinusd.org. 

Sincerely, 
Roger Stock
Superintendent
Rocklin Unified School District
 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 (5:30 a.m.)

Good Morning RUSD Staff and Families,

I am writing this morning with good news: as of 5:30am this morning, power is on at all our Rocklin Unified schools. All schools will be open.  Our diligent facilities personnel visited all our Rocklin Unified campuses this morning and verified this. 

Unfortunately, PG&E was not able to provide precise information regarding their planned Public Safety Power Shutoff.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused your family.

If conditions change, we will be sure to notify you with any updates. Please plan to attend school/work as scheduled.  

Again, thank you for your patience! 
Roger Stock
Superintendent
Rocklin Unified School District
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 (7 p.m.)

Dear RUSD Families and Staff:
 
I am writing to update you on PG&E’s planned Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Our District’s situation is unique in that we will not be alerted on the power status of schools until between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. However, we have been notified that the following schools have the potential to be impacted by the shutoff and are likely to be closed on Wednesday, October 9th due to PG&E’s PSPS:
  • Granite Oaks Middle School
  • Sierra Elementary School
  • Spring View Middle School
  • Rocklin Elementary School
  • Rocklin High School
  • Valley View Elementary School
  • Victory High School/RICA at VHS
  • Both 18-22 Transition Programs at 3rd Street and RHS
The following schools are expected to be open for regular school business:
  • Parker Whitney Elementary
  • Antelope Creek
  • Breen Elementary
  • Twin Oaks
  • Ruhkala
  • Rock Creek
  • Whitney High School
    • Note:  WHS students who attend classes at RHS will stay on campus and work in the library during those periods, although class itself will not take place. 
  • Sunset Ranch
  • Cobblestone Elementary (and RICA at Cobblestone)
The District will verify which sites will be open very early tomorrow morning. We will then provide an additional text and email message to parents to confirm which sites will be open and provide further guidance to parents and staff before 6 am tomorrow. 
 
Please note:  PG&E uses PSPS when weather conditions such as high winds and low humidity create a high risk for fire. PG&E has informed us that it will not turn the power back on until those dry and windy weather conditions have passed and they have checked power lines. This process could take anywhere from 24 hours to five days to restore power.
 
We will contact you if new information becomes available from PG&E. We will also post updates on our Facebook page, school websites and the district’s website:  www.rocklinusd.org.
 
Thank you,
Roger Stock
Superintendent
Rocklin Unified School District

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 (1 p.m.)

 
Dear RUSD families and staff:
 
We have been notified that some of our Rocklin Unified schools might be affected this Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 with a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) conducted by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).  PG&E uses PSPS when weather conditions such as high winds and low humidity create a high risk for fire. We believe that planning ahead is the best safeguard and have been working closely with several Placer County agencies including the Placer County Office of Education, Placer County Office of Emergency Services as well as PG&E.
 
We expect to receive more information later today and we will send an update to you with any news later this afternoon/early this evening.  We will inform you through our School Messenger email message contact system. Unless otherwise informed, please plan for school to continue as scheduled.
 
Please note, power outages may not impact all schools within our district at the same time. In this case, only the schools affected by power outages will be closed. We are prepared for both a smaller impact shut-off that may impact just a few of our sites as well as a potential scenario of a power shut off at all RUSD sites. Below is some helpful information to help you and your family prepare.  
In all cases, student and staff safety is always our top priority.  We will contact you as soon as more information from PG&E becomes available. We will also post updates on our school websites and the district’s website: www.rocklinusd.org.
 
Thank you,
Roger Stock
Superintendent
Rocklin Unified School District