Here’s how PG&E’s outages are disrupting local students

NJUHSD Family,

This is a follow up communication to our stakeholders to share the adjustments the high school district has made following the Public Safety Power Shut Offs this Fall.  We want to thank you again for your patience during this unprecedented Fall season. While we certainly hope this is not the “new normal” across the region, we do anticipate, and will plan for, continued PSPS scenarios in the short term future.  

The following modifications have been made and agreed upon for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

  1. The end of the 1st semester has been pushed back to after Winter Break (January 17th).
  2. The minimum days calendared for December 18, 19, and 20 will be converted to regular school days.
  3. January 15, 16, and 17 will now become minimum days to accommodate final exams.
  4. The calendared “Snow Day Make-up Days”, March 25 & May 2, will be regular school attendance days.
  5. The district will be filing J-13A waivers with the state.  Should these waivers be granted, students would be exempted from making up the additional school days missed due to power outages.
  6. Graduation dates will remain the same as originally scheduled, regardless of whether or not the J-13A waivers are granted.
  7. In an effort to mitigate school closures this Winter season, we have developed delayed start bell schedules, which would allow us to start school at 11:00 on days when we anticipate inclement weather to dissipate by mid-morning.
  8. Lastly, we are working with our labor unions to negotiate additional “Emergency School Closure Days” into our future school calendar.  This would mean an increase to the number of currently scheduled “Snow Days” in the future.

Thank you again for your patience and support.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you much!

Dan Frisella

Assistant Superintendent

Nevada Joint Union High School District   

530.273.3351 ext. 206

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One thought on “Here’s how PG&E’s outages are disrupting local students”

  1. This note was sent out later:

    Hi All,

    Please see the following date correction regarding Snow Make-up Days:

    4. The calendared “Snow Day Make-up Days”, March 25 & May 2, April 20th and May 11th will be regular school attendance days.

    Sorry for any confusion!

    Dan Frisella

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