Dear TTUSD Families,
Student safety is a top concern for our district. Fire season is upon us, and it is important that all of our schools and families prepare for both wildfires and potential power outages. As you may be aware, PG&E and other local utilities throughout California, including Truckee Donner Public Utility District and Liberty Utilities, are prepared to implement Public Safety Power Shutoffs (also known as de-energization) when weather conditions put parts of our community at high risk for fire. The shutoffs are designed to reduce the threat of wildfire that could be sparked by lines brought down in gusting winds. This is an important precaution to help reduce the risk of wildfires. As a district based in the mountains, we also regularly experience outages due to inclement weather.
In anticipation of planned power outages, I wanted to share information about our school safety protocols. Please keep in mind, power shutoffs and power outages may not impact all schools within our district at the same time.
Our goal is to maximize learning while providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for our students. In the event of a power shutoff or power outage, our intent is to have our schools remain open as scheduled whenever possible. We have backup systems in place to ensure student safety and have arranged contingency plans regarding safe food handling, hydration of students, and modification of activities.
We are also working closely with local law enforcement agencies to ensure communications are readily available should an emergency arise. We will provide a daily update should conditions change that could impact the school day for any of our schools.
We intend to communicate as soon as reasonably possible after receiving a notice of an upcoming power outage from one of our utility providers. In some cases, this may come on short notice. If a power outage occurs midday, we will handle closures on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as the anticipated length of the outage, temperature, and weather/road conditions. In all cases, student safety will remain our top priority.
We have resources below and on our website to help you and your family prepare.
Robert J. Leri, Ed.D.
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer