Inclement Weather Protocol

The purpose of the Inclement Weather Protocol is to ensure the safety of all people at the College when inclement weather occurs. The State of Colorado experiences severe weather conditions throughout the year. Arapahoe Community College must continue to operate during these times. However, extreme weather conditions may require the closure of the entire college or certain college facilities. In these circumstances, the College President has the authority to make reasonable decisions about such closures.
 
All full time employees of Arapahoe Community College are expected to work pursuant to assigned schedules regardless of weather conditions, subject to the following provisions.

  1. Inclement weather will cause the closure of the college facilities only in the event of extreme weather conditions.
     
  2. The existence of extreme weather conditions will be determined by the college president or designee.
     
  3. In the event of extreme or severe weather conditions, affected full time employees will be granted administrative leave subject to the following conditions:
     
    1. Full-time employees who cannot reach the office for the entire day or who arrive late to work due to severe weather conditions, when college has not been closed, may be granted administrative leave only if the supervisor and second-level supervisor determine, in their discretion, that the absence/lateness was reasonable.
       
    2. Full-time college employees who are already on approved leave when the college president closes the college facilities may not substitute administrative leave for the period of the closure.
       
    3. Full-time employees affected by emergency road closures made by the State, county or municipal governments or by the Colorado State Patrol may be granted administrative leave.

Information regarding the status of the college’s operations during inclement weather will be made available to all employees through the following methods: voice mail, email, text message, the ACC website, the Portal and the Announcements line.  Local radio and television stations will carry an ACC message regarding closure due to emergency and/or inclement weather.
 

MORNING CLASSES

If bad weather or emergencies exist, ACC will announce closure whenever possible by 6:00 a.m. for classes starting before 1:00 p.m.
 

AFTERNOON CLASSES

If bad weather or emergencies exist, ACC will announce closure whenever possible by noon for 1-5 p.m. classes.
 

EVENING CLASSES

If bad weather or emergencies exist, ACC will announce closure whenever possible by 3:00 p.m. for classes starting after 5:00 p.m.