It’s that time of year again — time to prepare for slushy, sleety or snowy weather and the possible cancellation of classes. Here are a few reminders about our inclement weather procedures.
Be prepared for class cancellations, early dismissals.
There are times when weather conditions will cause us to cancel classes for the safety of students, faculty and staff. We understand the cancellation of classes or the closing of campuses and centers can create difficulties for families, and we do not make the decision lightly.
How is the decision made to cancel classes due to bad weather?
OTC administrators consider a number of factors: the condition of area roads, college safety issues — such as parking lots, sidewalks and roofs — and the weather forecast. Weather conditions at each campus and center are considered when administrators determine if classes should be held or cancelled. Conditions might vary enough that one campus may close but others remain open.
When and how is the decision announced?
Every effort is made to arrive at a decision by 5 a.m. The decision is announced immediately via OTC Twitter and Facebook accounts, the OTC website, email, emergency text messages and the local news media. Faculty, staff and students can sign up to receive emergency text messages in MyOTC — AccessOTC — OTC Emergency Notification. These texts will alert you in any/all emergency situations on campus. Please do not rely solely on one method of notification. At times — in extreme weather conditions — internet access or telephone service may be disrupted, which can prevent or delay the use of some communication channels.
- Develop a snow-day plan so you are prepared when the announcement is made.
- Dress appropriately for the weather:
- Wear layers of clothing.
- Prevent heat loss and protect your skin by wearing a hat, scarf and gloves.
- Wear warm socks and weather-resistant shoes or boots.
- Change clothing if it becomes wet.
Discover more tips from the National Weather Service to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.