UC Berkeley officials announce that Wednesday classes will be canceled

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According to a campuswide email, all Wednesday classes will be canceled.

The cancellation comes in light of a scheduled PG&E power outage that will affect most of the Bay Area, including Alameda County, from Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon.

The campus will remain open, although services will be limited and the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union and Eshleman Hall will be closed, according to the email.

UC Berkeley residence halls, University Health Services and other campus buildings will have power. Buildings that provide life and public safety services will have backup generators for limited power operations, according to the email.

The campus is working on providing appropriate accommodations for disabled students as well as gradual shut off for critical labs, among other precautions.

Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, anticipates that its schools will remain open, according to an email sent to the BUSD parent and staff communities from the BUSD superintendent. PG&E has not notified any schools in the district that they are included in the power shutoff. The school district has made plans to provide lunch for students if schools are affected.

BART services will not be affected by the power shutdown, according to a Berkeley Patch news alert. The alert added that BART services have the “flexibility to pull power from other sections of our traction power supply system to make up for any power loss.

The campus has yet to announce whether classes also be canceled Thursday and Friday. According to the campuswide email, however, students and employees will be alerted by mid-day Wednesday.

Check back for updates.

Julie Madsen is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @Julie_Madsen_.