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Inclement Weather Guidelines

In general, the College will stay open as long as it is safe to do so. In the event of severe weather, however, the College will notify radio and television stations if classes must be canceled or delayed. Closing information also is posted on the College Web site and sent out through Pellissippi Alerts, the College's Facebook page and Twitter account.

Any closing or delay always applies to all College locations. It's difficult to provide accurate information to students, faculty and staff if only one location is closed while other College sites remain open; therefore, any inclement weather cancellations or delays apply to the entire College.

During official closings or delays, regular full-time and regular part-time employees on the active payroll who are scheduled to work during the declared times of closing will be granted time off with pay. Employees who aren't scheduled to work won't be paid for the emergency closing. Details are available in the online Policies and Procedures Manual at

Sometimes, weather will delay the opening of school, but not close the College. In those instances, there may be an announcement such as “Open one hour late” or “Open at 9 a.m.” on the radio or TV.

The terminology means the same thing. “One hour late” means one hour after the standard workday begins at 8 a.m. For faculty and students, that means classes beginning before 9 a.m. are canceled, while classes beginning at 9 a.m. or later meet at their usual time.

For staff, “one hour late” means offices open at 9 a.m. If an employee is on a flex schedule and usually begins work earlier or later than 8 a.m., “one hour late” still means the workday starts at 9 a.m. If an employee's workday begins at 8:30, for instance, that person should arrive at 9:00, and not at 9:30, one hour after the usual start of that person's working day.

Once employees and students arrive, they'll undoubtedly find campus a safer place than the highway. Making the campus safe is a high priority during winter, and members of the Facilities crew arrive early to begin clearing walkways and parking lots. Thanks in large measure to their good work, the general rule at Pellissippi State is to stay open as much as possible and hold classes as long as it is safe for students, faculty and staff.

Meanwhile, if the College is open but an employee is unable to reach work, that person will need to take annual leave or leave without pay. In some instances, an employee may be allowed to make up the time lost. The immediate supervisor must first authorize any such request, then forward it for possible institutional approval.