Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Our Bad Weather Plan

Let's have a chat about the weather and how it impacts you as a Vol State student, faculty or staff member. There may be some winter weather this week, so it's a good time to review our procedures.

Weather notices from the college can call for a delay of classes or a closing of a campus. It is always specific to the campus, so what happens in Gallatin may be different from Livingston or Springfield. Cookeville students will be notified by CHEC of closings.

A delay means that classes start at that hour. If we say delayed until 10am, that means only classes that would be meeting at 10am or later will be meeting. Classes before that are canceled. We say that because classes can start at different times and have different lengths. If you have a three hour class starting at 8am and there is a delay until 10am- your class will meet starting at 10am.

You'll find that the College doesn't close or have class delays nearly as often as the high schools. There is a big reason for this. High schools make their decisions based on school bus travel. We don't have any buses, so we make our decision based on car travel and that's quite different. However, we have students living all over the area and in a variety of terrain. 

If the roads are dangerous in your area you have the right to decide if you want to attend class or not. If you can't attend just let your instructor know so that you can make up your work. We want everyone to be safe and that means you need to use your own best judgment.

If there is a delay or cancelation students should check their eLearn account for each canceled class to receive updated assignment info from instructors.

The good news is that students will automatically receive text alerts with closing or delay info, unless they opted out of text alerts. New spring students are not in the text system yet and won't be for a few days, so for now new students should visit the Vol State website for closing info.

Faculty and staff who signed up for text messages will be notified via text. Others can check the website or Facebook.

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WVCP-FM 88.5 also gives out weather closings. For major morning delays and cancellations we send notices to the Nashville TV stations. But honestly, the TV stations should be a last resort. It sometimes takes an hour for the Vol State listings to come up...with all of the other closings. You are much better off with one of the options listed above.

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