B-8-0 Inclement Weather School Closure/limited Operations

The philosophy of Central Oregon Community College is that classes will be held except under extreme adverse conditions. We realize that there are times when road conditions on campus are acceptable, yet travel from some parts of the District may be inadvisable. We expect individual students to make whatever decisions are necessary for their own safety.

If conditions are questionable, College officials will attempt to make a decision by 6 a.m. as to whether or not to hold morning classes or close the college. If conditions change during the course of the day, decisions on later classes will be made as early as possible. We will do our best to use the instructional "time blocks" as a guide for when to start or end classes for the day.

With all decisions, announcements will be made through the College's Emergency Notification System, web page and through the media. The COCC ENS phone recording (541 383-7777) and COCC switchboard (541 383-7700) message will be updated as soon as a decision is made; a message will be put on the COCC Web site and all media outlets will be notified.

The College may make separate decisions for the Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville campuses. Unless specified, however, any announcement about the College shall be interpreted to mean all campuses. Any decision made for one of the campuses will impact all classes (COCC and OSU-Cascades) and all events on that campus.

The College will make one of two announcements:

"The College is closed," meaning that travel either in the area or on campus is unsafe and all classes and events are canceled, and all offices and buildings are closed. This will include the library, computer labs and gymnasium.


"Classes are canceled but the College is open," meaning that travel and/or parking is limited. This means the library, computer labs, gymnasium and other offices and buildings are open, and that staff members are expected to report.