Inclement Weather Procedures

Inclement Weather Procedures

In the event of inclement weather, official announcements regarding the status of the campus will be posted via the following services.

Official Announcement Listings for the Campus

Announcements will be made by 6:00 a.m. for status changes affecting the start of classes that day. Should the campus close early due to inclement weather, announcements will be posted as needed.

  1. Get a text message. Register your cellphone number at https://psualert.psu.edu/psualert/ and select "Mont Alto Alerts."
  2. Call the Inclement Weather Hotline at 717-749-6090. This is the official announcement regarding the campus status during inclement weather. Employees should call this number if there is a question whether they need to report to work. Due to variations and misstatements by the media, employees are not to rely solely on what is on television and radio, but rather call the hotline.
  3. Check the campus homepage at montalto.psu.edu. The Mont Alto website will also be updated with the current status of the campus. In the event of a weather emergency, an alert displaying the status of the campus will be displayed on the front page of the website. Essential employees always report to work unless notified otherwise by their supervisor.

Unofficial announcements may also be broadcast on these local radio and TV stations by 6:00 a.m.

Radio

  • WIKZ 95.1  FM Chambersburg/Greencastle/Waynesboro
  • WAYZ 104.7 FM Greencastle/Waynesboro
  • WFYN  101.5 AM Greencastle/Waynesboro
  • WCBG  1380 AM Greencastle/Waynesboro
  • WHAG  1410 AM Hagerstown
  • WYCR  98.5 FM Gettysburg/Hanover
  • WGTY  1320 AM Gettysburg
  • WGET  107.7 FM Gettysburg
  • WPPT  92.1  FM Greencastle/Waynesboro
  • WQCM  94.3 FM Chambersburg/Greencastle/Hagerstown/Martinsburg

Television

  • WGAL 8  NBC Harrisburg/York/Lancaster
  • WHTM 27 ABC Harrisburg
  • WHP  21 CBS Harrisburg

Class and Office Schedule Changes

If classes are on a modified schedule

If the forecast predicts improving conditions, classes may be put on a modified schedule. This schedule will allow time for campus roads and sidewalks to be plowed and give students more time to reach campus. Offices will open at 10 a.m. 

If classes begin at noon:

When classes start at noon, all morning classes are canceled; and the campus runs on its regular class schedule after 12:00 p.m.  Offices will open at 10 a.m.    

If classes are canceled: 

When inclement weather causes poor campus conditions, classes may be canceled. Offices will open at 10 a.m.    

If the campus is closed:  

All classes are canceled and offices are closed.

Employee Information regarding Schedule Changes

Faculty should indicate on course syllabi the start of each class in the event of a weather delay. Faculty who need to cancel individual classes when the campus is otherwise open should notify students through their voicemail greeting, Canvas or email of class changes. Charlene Saeman should also be notified by email or telephone.

When classes are on a modified schedule:

The campus will be closed to nonessential personnel from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This will allow essential personnel, Physical Plant and Housing and Food Services personnel time to prepare the campus for your safe arrival and to serve students. All non-essential employees should report to open their offices at 10 a.m. so that students have access to campus services.  If you are unable to report on time, please notify your supervisor. If you decide to take the entire day off, you must use 8 hours of vacation time, personal holiday, or other paid leave for any missed time (if applicable).

When classes start at noon:

The campus will be closed to nonessential personnel from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This will allow essential personnel, Physical Plant and Housing and Food Services personnel time to prepare the campus for your safe arrival and to serve students. All non-essential employees should report to open their offices at 10 a.m. so that students have access to campus services.  If you are unable to report on time, please notify your supervisor. If you decide to take the entire day off, you must use 8 hours of vacation time, personal holiday, or other paid leave for any missed time (if applicable).

When classes are canceled:

The campus will be closed to nonessential personnel from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This will allow essential personnel, Physical Plant and Housing and Food Services personnel time to prepare the campus for your safe arrival and to serve students. All non-essential employees should report to open their offices at 10 a.m. so that students have access to campus services.  If you are unable to report on time, please notify your supervisor. If you decide to take the entire day off, you must use 8 hours of vacation time, personal holiday, or other paid leave for any missed time (if applicable).

When the campus is closed:

If weather conditions are very severe, the campus may be closed.  This means all classes are cancelled and offices are closed. Only essential employees need to report for work. Although radio and TV stations will be notified of all weather-related decisions regarding classes, nonessential staff should call the weather hotline 717-749-6090 to determine if they are required to report to work.

This procedure will be re-evaluated on an annual basis.