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Weather Policy

Weather Policy

It is college policy to remain open and conduct classes according to the regular class schedule except under extreme weather conditions. In the event of extreme weather, classes may be delayed or canceled.

Definitions:
Inclement Weather: Inclement weather is any severe or harsh weather condition that makes it unsafe or impractical to travel, commute, or work outdoors. Snow, sleet, frigid temperatures, heavy rain, hurricanes, high winds, tornadoes, and wildfires are some of the inclement weather events we might encounter.

WKCTC is closed. No classes are held; no offices are opened; and no expectation that employees will work from home.

WKCTC is remote: WKCTC employees are expected to work from home, and students are expected to engage in remote learning as outlined in their syllabi. No in-person classes are held, no physical offices are opened, and no student activities are held on campus. WKCTC supervisors will work with employees to develop a plan for remote work expectations.

WKCTC is on a delayed schedule: Classes start at the times outlined in the procedures section of this policy below.

WKCTC is resuming classes: The college will return to its regular schedule.


Purpose of the Policy: To establish the criteria for emergency closure due to inclement weather, critical incident notification, and Emergency Operations Plans that are to be followed by all WKCTC employees in the event of inclement weather. Policy: WKCTC will remain open and conduct classes according to the regular class schedule except under extreme weather conditions. In the event of extreme weather, classes may be delayed, canceled, or conducted remotely. The WKCTC president makes the final decision when severe weather or other emergencies might require a closing, delayed opening, remote schedule, suspension, or interruption of regularly scheduled work or class hours.


Procedure:
The president consults with the inclement weather core team consisting of the President, Vice President of Campus Operations, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Director of Marketing/Communication to determine if a change from normal operations is needed. The President advises the President’s cabinet of any modifications to normal work hours. The Vice President of Campus Operations, or designee, sends a Safety Notification Alert Process (SNAP) message to faculty, staff, and students informing them of any schedule changes.

Decisions regarding inclement weather are made as quickly as possible taking into consideration road conditions and weather data for the entire service area. Because each individual’s circumstances are unique, employees and students are encouraged to assume personal responsibility for safety. To that end, if the college remains open or operates on a delayed schedule, it is ultimately your assessment and final decision about whether roads are safe in your area.

If road conditions are poor in the early morning but are expected to improve later in the day, the college may delay the beginning of classes as follows:


Regular Class Schedule
Classes Starting Between
Delayed Schedule
Meeting Times
7:00 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. 10:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.
9:00 a.m. and 9:55 a.m. 11:05 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. and 11:55 a.m. 12:10 to 1:05 p.m.
Noon to 1:55 p.m. 1:15 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. 2:20 to 3:15 p.m.
3:15 p.m. or after Start and end on time
If a class normally meets for longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes, the delayed schedule class
may be longer than the time indicated on this schedule. Contact the instructor for details.

If there is inclement weather and no announcement about the college is made, you should assume that classes will meet as scheduled. In the event the college uses a delayed schedule or cancels classes, every reasonable effort will be made to post an announcement to the college switchboard, 270-554-9200 and on the college home page.

If the delayed schedule is in effect and the weather worsens, the college reserves the right to change the schedule to “closed” or “remote.” If a schedule change is deemed necessary, the decision will be announced as soon as possible.

In the event of a delayed schedule, evening classes offered on the main campus and at all off-campus sites will be held as scheduled unless cancellation is announced. The college will make every effort to make announcements on evening class cancellations as soon as possible.

In the event of inclement weather and in the absence of an announcement about the college schedule, employees and students should assume that classes will meet as scheduled. If the college closes, or implements a delayed or remote schedule, every reasonable effort will be made to post an announcement to the college switchboard (270-554-9200) and the college home page. Text messages will also be sent to the mobile phones of students, staff, and faculty who have enrolled in SNAP.

The Marketing and Communications Department will send WKCTC inclement weather announcements to the college website, social media, and area radio and television stations.