Extended Child Care is committed to assisting each school-age child in obtaining life skills by providing quality year-round learning programs, while supporting families and school districts.
Dear Extended Child Care Families,
Please read this important information about possible power shut-offs by PG&E and how they could affect your child’s school, and the Extended Child Care before and after school programs.
As you may be aware, PG&E may turn off electricity, also known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) when weather conditions put parts of our community at high risk for fire. This important precaution is meant to help reduce the risk of wildfires. Power shut-offs could mean schools are closed. These shutoffs and school closures may come at very short notice.
In the event of a planned PG&E power outage causing schools to be closed, ECC will also be closed. The aim is to communicate the intent to close schools and ECC Centers as soon as reasonably possible after receiving a notice of an upcoming power outage from PG&E.
In the event of a PG&E “de-energization” and the need to close school, official notification will be provided through the affected district’s school messenger system, district websites and district social media platforms including Facebook. In some cases, this may come on short notice. Please check the PG&E website for the most current information about your home and school. Likewise, ECC will update our website to provide information, and if necessary, the ECC office will contact families directly via email and/or phone communications.
If a power outage occurs mid-day, under most conditions, the school day will continue as usual and maintain regular dismissal times. In this instance, ECC staff will be on-site as usual to receive children that attend after school care. ECC will handle closures and power outages on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as the anticipated length of the outage, temperature, weather, road conditions, and available transportation services.
Please note that power outages may not impact all schools within a district at the same time. In this case, only the schools without power will be closed. If the power remains off for subsequent days causing a school to be closed, the ECC Center on that campus will also be closed.
It is very important that we have the most up-to-date contact information for you. Please make sure that the ECC Office has your current phone number and email address.
Check the PG&E website and https://socoemergency.org/power-shutoff-watch-announced-for-sonoma-county/ for the most current information about potential power shutoffs at your home, school, and workplace. Families will also be able to access school closure information through the Sonoma County Office of Education website https://www.scoe.org.
In all cases, child safety is our top priority. Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated as we work through this.
Jason Riggs, Executive Director