PG&E announces possible power shutoffs

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Sept. 7, 2020 

Dear Colleague, 

As a result of the extremely hot, dry weather in Sonoma County, PG&E has announced that there may be Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) beginning late in the evening on Monday, Sept. 7 through Wednesday, Sept. 9. For more information on these shutoffs and to find out if your home may be impacted, please visit the PG&E Alert page. 

Our top priority is the safety of our students, employees, and community members, and we hope that you and your families remain safe at this time. Based on the current projections, we do not anticipate losing power at any SRJC campus or site. However, we realize that these outages may affect the ability for some employees and students in these areas to access the technology necessary to work or attend class. 

Faculty who are impacted by a power outage and are unable to perform their instructional or allied duties are asked to please immediately notify their department chair and supervising administrator, via text or phone call. The supervising administrator will assist faculty in contacting colleagues and the students enrolled in their courses. 

Classified professionals and administrators who are impacted by a power outage and are unable to access the technology necessary to perform their job duties, are also asked to please immediately notify their manager/supervisor via text or phone call. 

Any SRJC employee experiencing a power outage may come to the campus and work from their office, or a space designated by their supervising administrator. The district can provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if needed. Anyone who chooses this as an option is asked to please contact their supervising administrator who will work with you to create a plan to come to campus safely. 

Finally, we recognize that many students may be affected by power outages and we request that all SRJC employees lead with kindness and understanding and remain flexible with students as they navigate this additional challenge. We realize that these PSPS events may be triggering. Please feel free to visit the Student Health Services page on trauma support and resources. Employees can contact the Employee Assistance Program, using the company code “EAP can help.” Please also refer any SRJC students in need of support to Student Psychological Services. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates if conditions change. 

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Dear Student,

As a result of the extremely hot, dry weather in Sonoma County, PG&E has announced that there may be Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) beginning late in the evening on Monday, Sept. 7 through Wednesday, Sept. 9.  For more information on these shutoffs and to find out if your home may be impacted, please visit the PG&E Alert page.

Our top priority is the safety of our students, employees, and community members, and we hope that you and your families remain safe at this time. Based on the current projections, we do not anticipate losing power at any SRJC campus or site. However, we realize that these outages may affect the ability for some students in these areas to access the technology necessary to attend class.  

If you are a student that is impacted by a power outage, please contact your instructor(s) as soon as possible to alert them of your inability to access courses.  If you are unable to reach your instructor, please reach out to the dean or department chairperson to inform them of your inability to access a course. Please note that phone prefixes for the dean/department chairperson list are as follows:

  • Santa Rosa Campus: 1000s = 524, 3700s = 535, 6000s = 521
  • Petaluma Campus: 2400s, 3600s, 3900s, 4100s = 778, 2000s = 522, 4000s = 527, 7000s = 521
  • Windsor Campus (PSTC): 2900s = 836

If you are unable to access any form of technology or means of communication due to the power outage, please reach out to your instructor as soon as your access is restored. We recognize that many students may be affected by power outages and we have requested that all SRJC employees lead with kindness and understanding and remain flexible with students as they navigate this additional challenge. 

We realize that these PSPS events may be triggering. Please feel free to visit the Student Health Services. SRJC students in need of support may also contact Student Psychological Services.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates if conditions change.


Stay safe, Dr. Frank Chong

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