Emergency Weather Closings - Faculty and Staff Procedures

Emergency Weather Closings

Procedures for Faculty and Staff

The Office of Campus Security would like to remind all staff members of the process College officials use to assess the potential impact of severe weather on classes and our campuses’ operational status.

The College’s general intent is to always maintain operations and continue to provide services to our users without interruption.  Weather reports are monitored 24/7 by College officials.   When assessing the weather, the College has several decision points that include cancellation of all classes, day classes, or evening classes. In extreme circumstances, the College may decide to close all of the campuses.  The following criteria are used to determine the type of cancellation:

  • Severity of the weather conditions 
  • Ability to render campuses safely usable 
  • Vehicular travel conditions throughout the service area 
  • Expected duration of the storm

Additional information that will be considered when determining the campuses’ operational status will be the snow emergency declaration levels provided by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and Medina County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).  Below is a description of each Sheriff’s levels:  

  • Level 1 (LCSO) - Snow emergency means that roadways are hazardous, drive with extreme care.
     
    Level 1 (MCSO) - Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive carefully.
     
  • Level 2- (LCSO) - Snow emergency means that roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing, drifting snow and/or flooding.  Only those who feel it necessary to travel should be on the roadways.  Employees should comply with workplace policies or contact their employer. 
     
    Level 2- (MCSO) - Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
     
  • Level 3- (LCSO) - Snow emergency means that most roadways are closed and extremely hazardous/flooded.  Employees should comply with workplace policies or contact their employer.  Violators may be cited. 
     
    Level 3- (MCSO) - All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one else should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest. 

It is our intent to communicate daytime class cancellations prior to 6 am or as soon thereafter whenever possible. A decision regarding evening classes may be made by 3p.m. or as soon thereafter whenever possible. 

If classes only are cancelled, LCCC business operations will continue to function with staff scheduled to report to work.  However, if extremely severe weather necessitates the closing of each campus, then only essential personnel (i.e. Physical Plant, Campus Security, IS&S) must report. Special event staff from Stocker Fine Arts and Spitzer Conference Center will receive notification from their respective supervisors if their services are required.

Please note that staff members are ultimately responsible for their own safety and travel decision. When inclement weather strikes the area, staff members are advised to first consider the conditions in their immediate area relative to traveling safely. Conditions may vary significantly within the service area of the College and its campuses.

Employees that chose not to report for work due to inclement weather, notification of your absence must be made to your immediate supervisor and the absence must be made up within ten (10) working days or the employee can elect to use a vacation or personal day to cover the absence.  This also applies to part-time employees that have worked more than eight hundred (800) hours in the previous fiscal year. 

The following notification methods will provide timely information regarding campus status:

  • LCCC Text Alerts 
  • TV Broadcast Channels 3, 5, 8 and 19 
  • Radio Broadcast WGAR, WAKS, WTAM, WEOL, WMMS 
  • College’s homepage www.lorainccc.edu 
  • Staff Email

Remember, you can sign up to get emergency messages and closure information from LCCC sent directly to your mobile phone.  There is no charge from LCCC for this service, but normal text-messaging charges from your cell carrier will apply.  Please visit www.lorainccc.edu/staffalerts to sign up.

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