South San Francisco, CA September 12, 2017
The evening of September 11th brought a tremendous thunderstorm throughout our region knocking out power in several locations including that which serves Sunshine Gardens Elementary School. We received multiple inquires from parents and neighbors regarding the condition of the schools which prompted us to get more information from the District. We appreciate the immediate response from South San Francisco Unified School District Director of Student Services and Public Information Officer Ryan Sebers who provided us with some answers to our questions to share with our community and further directing us to the District website which held more info as posted below:
FROM THE DISTRICT WEBSITE:
September 12, 2017
Dear Sunshine Gardens parent and staff community,
We are currently experiencing a power outage at Sunshine Gardens Elementary School due to a fallen power pole in the neighborhood. PG&E estimates the issue to be repaired by this evening, and will continue to work throughout the day to restore power as soon as possible.
School will continue to be in session and is open for instruction as regularly scheduled. We will make adjustments as necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
Should any additional information come to our attention warranting changes to the schedule and operation of the school, we will be sure to notify you as soon as we are able.
Thank you for your patience, and understanding,
Dr. Shawnterra Moore
Responses to our questions gleaned from community inquiries from PIO Ryan Sebers:
On behalf of Dr. Moore, please see our statement posted to our district website: http://www.ssfusd.org/
In addition, here are responses to your questions:
- Are the schools open, if not when will they open?
o All schools are open
- Do they have power, if not when will they have power?
o Sunshine Gardens is without power – please see our statement
o PG&E may be providing the school with temporary generator power
- Were parents and/ or teachers notified of either the above, if so, what time?
o Yes, a message was posted on our website this morning, and calls were made to our Sunshine Gardens community
- If no power, how will kids get school lunches?
o Lunches will be heated at our central kitchen and be delivered to the school
- If no power, do fire alarms still work?
o Although fire alarms do not function in the absence of power, site personnel and administrative staff enact a fire watch protocol and an alternate communication system is in place and functioning.