District Safety Policy and Procedures

Potential Power Shutdown Notice – Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dear KSD Families and Staff,

Good news! The latest word from PG&E is that Marin will not experience a power shutdown tomorrow evening as was previously reported. Unless something changes in the next 24 hours, we expect school to be open for the rest of the week.

I will be in touch if there is anything new to report.

Liz Schott

October 25, 2019: Letter from Superintendent Liz Schott on Possible Power Shut-Off in Kentfield

October 25, 2019: Important Update from Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice for Kentfield Residents.

All questions regarding Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.

For non-emergency information and referrals, contact 211 Bay Area by calling 2-1-1 or text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (or MARINAPAGON to 898-211 for Spanish speaking residents). In addition, vulnerable adults can check Marin County Health & Human Services’ online community resource guide for additional information.

911 VS 211

Call 911 for an immediate response from police, fire department, or emergency medical service teams, for crimes happening now, suspicious activity, and life-threatening emergencies.

Call 211 to find resources on non-emergency event information like community resource center locations, power shutoff area updates, and other social services.

District Plan in case of Power Loss

District Plan regarding PGE's “Public Safety Power Shut Off”

According to PG&E, no further power shutdowns are planned. In fact, the Marin County Emergency Operation Center is deactivated and will not be holding further update calls unless, of course, there is a significant change.

Having said that, very heavy winds are predicted through the night into early morning. We will assess the situation at our schools as early as possible tomorrow morning, and if there is anything to report, we will send communication through all available channels.

  • If power is turned off while school is in session, we will keep students in class through the end of the regular school day unless doing so is unsafe.
  • If there is a confirmed power shutdown scheduled for a subsequent school day at one or both schools, the District will close both schools and communicate the closures in whatever formats are available as soon as possible.
  • If power is restored prior to 5:00 a.m. on a school day when a closure has been announced the day before, the District will open the schools and communicate that news in whatever formats are available as soon as possible.
  • All information related to school closures and reopening will be posted to our District and school websites, and will be communicated through Aeries email and direct feed as long as power allows.
  • If one school is scheduled not to have power, both schools will be closed.

For more information on this program, please visit PG&E's website. For information on current public safety power shutoffs, please visit the PG&E weather awareness website.

At the Kentfield School District we take the safety and security of every child very seriously. The staff at the District Office, Bacich Elementary School, and Kent Middle School are trained in CPR and first aid annually. In addition, every fall with the collaboration of the local fire and sheriff departments, we practice an emergency simulation in order to stay current in disaster preparedness. This simulation includes staff and students. We conduct monthly safety drills in order to prepare the children as well as the adults in the event of an emergency such as fire, earthquake, or an intruder on campus. Over the past several years, we have worked closely with our School Resource Officer and other representatives from the Marin County Sheriff Department to devise lockdown plans that will keep our students safe in the event of an emergency or when there is an immediate danger anywhere on our campuses.