October 9, 2019
October 9, 2019

Our schools may experience a power failure at various locations ranging from a few minutes to several days. Typically, we do not close school unless there are compelling reasons to do so.

Schools are equipped with emergency supplies, including lanterns, flashlights, and walkie-talkies. In most short-term power outage situations, there is adequate light from windows and emergency lighting, as well as warm or cool enough conditions for instruction to continue. Teachers are prepared to cope with a short-term power failure and will continue their regular curriculum and/or appropriate substitute assignments.

In the case of a power failure at the school site, we will follow these procedures:

  • If there is a power failure, the school will be open and classes held unless otherwise directed by the Superintendent.
  • Hot lunches will still be provided and lunch will be held in an area designated by the school principal.
  • Only the Superintendent can order the closing of a school site, and will only consider doing so if necessary.
  • You will need to check with your afterschool provider (if necessary) and confirm whether or not they will remain open.
  • If school is closed, the Superintendent’s office will communicate the information to the community via:
    • Local News
    • District Website
    • School Website
    • School phone, email, and text messenger (if possible)
    • Notices posted at the school sites
  • Sites not directly affected by a power failure will remain open.

Palo Alto Unified School District may update these procedures periodically. Please check back to be sure you are aware of the most current procedures in place.