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‘Tis the season for bad weather, so be prepared

Basic & simple design of a snowflake.Preparing now for bad weather and possible cancellation of classes can make the upcoming months less stressful for you, and help ensure a safe and healthy winter. Here are a few tips and reminders.

Be prepared for cancellations, early dismissals
There are times when weather conditions cause us to cancel classes for the safety of our thousands of students, along with faculty and staff. We understand cancelling classes or closing campuses and centers can create difficulties for families, and we do not make the decision lightly.

How is the decision made to cancel school due to bad weather?
A number of factors are considered when deciding whether to cancel classes, including: the condition of area roads; college safety issues, such as parking lots, sidewalks and roofs and the weather forecast. Weather conditions can vary enough that one campus may be closed but others remain open. Weather conditions at each campus and center are considered when determining if classes there should be canceled.

When and how is the decision announced?
Every effort is made to make the 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 here that will alert you to all emergencies including inclement weather or other situations. Please do not rely solely on one method of notification. At times, in extreme weather conditions, Internet access or telephone service may be disrupted preventing or delaying the use of some communication channels.

Important reminders:

  • 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 skin by wearing a hat, scarf and gloves. Remember to wear warm socks and weather resistant shoes or boots.
  • Change clothing if it becomes wet.

Learn more tips from the National Weather Service about preventing hypothermia and frostbite.

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