Inclement Weather Policy
While Keystone College cannot completely close for bad weather when we have resident students living on campus, we can delay or cancel classes and some administrative activities due to inclement weather.
The decision to cancel or delay the start of classes will be made by 6 a.m. and public announcements will follow. If later start times or additional cancellations are necessary, announcements will note the change and be made in a timely manner.
Inclement weather circumstances may call fo one of the following schedule changesr:
Compressed Class Schedule – 10 a.m. Start: In the event that we must delay the start of classes, classes will begin and offices will open at 10 a.m. This delay will allow for improved road conditions and enough time to clear the roads and parking areas on campus. The compressed schedule begins at 10 a.m. with condensed class times for all day classes. Employees should report to work at 10:00 a.m. Classes beginning at 3:30 or later will meet as regularly scheduled. View the compressed schedule.
Morning Classes Cancelled – Noon Start: In the event that we must cancel morning classes, classes will begin and offices will open at noon. This delay will allow for improved road conditions and enough time to clear the roads and parking areas on campus. Employees should report to work at noon. Classes beginning at noon or later will meet as regularly scheduled.
Daytime Classes Cancelled – 5 p.m. Start: If weather conditions are predicted to improve, enabling evening classes to meet, then just daytime classes will be cancelled. In the event that day classes are cancelled, evening classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later will meet as regularly scheduled. Only essential personnel will report to work at this time.
Offices Closed – Classes Cancelled: In the event poor weather conditions are predicted to continue all day and into the evening then offices will close and classes will be cancelled. Neither day nor evening classes will meet, and offices will not be staffed. Only essential personnel will report to work at this time.
Evening Classes and Special Events Cancelled: In the event poor weather conditions arise during the day, all evening classes (those scheduled for 5 p.m. or later) and special events are cancelled. Only essential personnel will report to work at this time. The decision about evening classes will be made by 4 p.m. and public announcements will follow.
Decisions regarding schedule changes made by the campus administration are subject to change based on changing weather conditions. Employees and students are responsible for checking for updates regarding cancellations if weather conditions do not seem to be improving.
Television stations carrying Keystone information include:
- WNEP-TV (Channel 16)
- WYOU-TV (Channel 22)
- WBRE-TV (Channel 28)
The Keystone College phone system will disperse pertinent information within this time frame. Call Keystone phone number, (570) 945-8000, 1-800-824-2764, 1-877-4COLLEGE for information.
The College homepage www.keystone.edu will also post delays, compressed schedule, and/or cancellation information.
Keystone College has become affiliated with the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS), which is available to all students, parents, faculty, and staff. WENS is provided free of charge and will be used principally for events that are deemed to be true emergency situations but will also provide information about weather-related class cancellations or closings.
Register for the WENS by submitting your cell phone number with the convenient online WENS registration form located in MyKC.
Travel and Road Conditions
You should also know that the state Department of Transportation has a Road Condition Hotline, a toll-free number for travel conditions on interstate roads: 1-888-783-6783. This number is available to callers in Pennsylvania and to out-of-state callers whose telephone area codes border Pennsylvania.
Policy Revised 2/2017
A message for Keystone College Employees
The College will make one if the following announcements through the listed media sources when weather conditions warrant a response:
Classes cancelled and offices closed
Only “essential personnel” are expected to report to their offices. Employees should contact their supervisor to determine their classification. Employees who are not classified as “essential personnel” will be paid for hours missed due to late opening or early closing of the College due to weather conditions.
Classes cancelled and offices open
College administrators, professional staff and support staff members should report to their offices if and when it is safe for them to do so. If it is impossible for an employee to be at work because of weather conditions, the supervisor should be notified immediately. It will then be up to the supervisor to determine the method of making up the lost time.
Classes will begin and offices open at 10 a.m. Any offices that need to be opened earlier than 10 a.m. should have an emergency personnel plan in place.
If offices are to close and classes are to be cancelled before the end of the workday because of weather conditions, the College’s Senior Administrator will make the decision, and the Office of College Communications will notify all offices.