Severe weather procedures: important information for Camosun students
Release Date: February 3, 2017
During severe weather conditions, Camosun College may make the decision to close Lansdowne and Interurban campuses and cancel or reschedule classes based on transportation and safety issues.
If this occurs, Camosun will communicate the closing of campuses and cancellation of classes through:
- The media - local radio & TV stations
- Postings on the main Camosun social media sites
- Postings on the Camosun website homepage: camosun.ca
- Messages on the main Camosun phone number: 250-370-3000
- Notices on the Camosun College Emergency App (download Camosun’s free app here)
- BC Transit
Once the college has been declared CLOSED, it will be closed for the remainder of the school day, including evening classes, and employees and students are asked to check the above communication outlets for further updates.
Camosun College decisions on campus closures & procedures
Deciding to close the college for weather purposes is not a simple task—it is partly a guessing game and partly an exercise in keeping people safe. So we thought we’d tell you what the factors are that influence the decision.
First and foremost we want people to stay safe. So we look at a series of factors that include: are the buses running? Are main roads clear? Is the campus clear and safe? What are the conditions of the roads? Do we have power and heat? What are police forces saying and recommending? What’s the ongoing weather prediction? And to minimise confusion we work very hard to have these decisions made by 6:30am.
We also have a responsibility to make sure that as much as possible there is minimal disruption to courses and programs. If a day gets lost, that means that students miss that content. Some instructors can make that up but others have very prescribed programs and so students will miss things. We want to avoid setting you back at all in your course and program. This is why some institutes in the province do not close no matter what. And other factors impact closures, for example for schools it is often whether the school bus system can run.
We know that not everyone lives where the roads are clear and that buses run slow in inclement weather. Our best advice is to first and foremost look after yourself and be safe. You have to be the judge of that as every circumstance is different. If you can’t make it in, we suggest that you let your instructors know. And we understand.
Camosun College Communications Office
Last updated: February 7, 2017 12:53 pm