College Closures for Inclement Weather

Human Resources
Policy Number: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Last Revised: 
Thursday, October 13, 2022

College closures and severe weather can be frustrating and create challenges for many areas of the college. These events require everyone's patience, cooperation, and understanding during these occurrences. Closure decisions are not taken lightly and the first priority in these situations is the safety of everyone in our campus community.

When potential weather disruptions exist, all college staff and students should monitor their email and cell phones for Omnilert notifications regarding campus closures, late starts and security alerts. To sign up go to:  Decisions regarding college closures will normally be made by 5:30 a.m. on the day in question and broadcast shortly thereafter. The following radio stations and television stations will be provided with closure information.

  • KOMO 1000
  • KGY 96.9
  • KYCW 1090
  • KGY 1240
  • KAYO 99.3
  • KXXO 96.1
  • KOMO Channel 4
  • KING Channel 5
  • KIRO Channel 7
  • KCPQ Channel 13

Please refer to the college website for the most current information regarding weather related closures.

The following college closure types may be used depending on the conditions present. College employees are expected to know the meaning of each type of closure and their appropriate responsibility.

Classes Canceled- Classes are canceled and students are not expected to be on campus. Normal work schedules and expectations exist for all employees. Those employees who, in their judgment, do not wish to report for work due to the conditions present must request annual leave, accrued compensatory time, where applicable, or leave without pay.

Campus Closed-The campus is closed to all students and college employees. Students, visitors, and non-essential staff will not be allowed on campus.Some essential employees may be called to work duty. In the event that all campuses are closed, all business operations, classes, and events are suspended until that campus is re-opened. No employees will be required to request annual leave, accrued compensatory time, or leave without pay for the first day of inclement weather closure days.