February 20, 2017
Yuba City Unified School District
Important facts about school closures and evacuations
We’re getting a number of questions and social media comments about our district’s evacuation plan. It’s important to remember that there is a plan for each school, and for each situation that could cause flooding in our community. No district with multiple locations and with a variety of possible sources of a flood can afford to have one, static plan.
The plan for a school in the North part of town may be different than one for a school in the South part of town. The plan for a flood starting at Oroville Dam is different than the plan for a flood starting from a levee on the Sacramento River. Both of these are different than the plan for a flood that originates at Bullard Bar Dam or Lake Almanor. Some schools would be directly affected by events that would have no impact on other schools in the district.
There is a unique plan for each school and each situation.
Administrators at your child’s school can answer questions about your school’s individual plan for the different circumstances that could cause flooding.
What these plans have in common is how our district would implement them.
— In nearly every situation, schools would be closed before there was an imminent threat of flooding. We are in constant contact with emergency officials, who are monitoring rain, dams and levees 24 hours a day.
— In situations where we needed to close schools before dismissal time, our first option would be to reunite students with their parents at the school. Emergency pickup procedures would be followed and communicated to parents immediately.
— In the unlikely event we needed to evacuate one or more schools, each school would follow the unique plan developed for the specific situation at hand. In general, these involve relocating the students away from the water to a safe location identified in each specific plan.
It is important to remember that emergency officials monitoring our region’s rainfall, river levels, dams and levees are reporting there is no imminent risk of flooding to our community at this time.