Virtual and Face-to-Face Courses to Proceed as County Plans for Power Shutdowns

September 7, 2020 - 9:34pm

Starting at midnight tonight, PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is expected for portions of Humboldt County, according to the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services. Power is expected to be restored by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9. 

Humboldt campus is not likely to be affected by the PSPS and as of now, all virtual and face-to-face courses will proceed as planned on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Please know there may still be intermittent interruptions in electricity and internet service on campus. 

In the unlikely event power is shut down completely on campus for an extended period of time, all in-person instruction will be canceled for the day. 

The outages may cause interruptions to virtual teaching, learning, and telework for students, staff, and faculty who live in the affected areas locally and around the state.

Students who are impacted by power outages and cannot attend class should contact their instructor. Faculty who become impacted by power outages and cannot teach a class should inform their chair and dean and also notify students in their course. We ask instructors to provide flexibility for students who report that they are unable to attend class.  Please remember that due to COVID-19, non-essential employees impacted by the outages and working virtually should not come to campus so the University can maintain a low campus density.

Staff (including student staff), except for those that are intermittent hourly and per diem, scheduled to work remotely and lose power to their home office will be placed on paid administrative leave until their power is restored. Staff impacted by the power outage should immediately contact their appropriate administrator for further direction. Intermittent hourly employees should be rescheduled when possible. The emergency pay premium provisions in the CSUEU, Teamsters, and IUOE collective bargaining agreements are only in effect when there is a campus closure. 

Humboldt is monitoring the situation and will provide an update on any possible changes tomorrow morning before 8 a.m. Please remember to check your Humboldt email and Humboldt Notification texts.

Humboldt County is now expected to see PSPS impacts to 4,207 customers. The dates, times and location of outages are subject to change.

The following communities are likely to be affected by the PSPS:

  • Alderpoint
  • Arcata (minimal impact affecting less than 20 customers)
  • Blocksburg
  • Blue Lake
  • Bridgeville
  • Carlotta
  • Dinsmore
  • Eureka (minimal impact affecting less than 20 customers)
  • Fort Seward
  • Garberville
  • Hoopa
  • Kneeland
  • Korbel
  • Myers Flat
  • Orleans
  • Weitchpec
  • Willow Creek

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