Below are the information sources that we update in the event of a weather incident:
- Weather Closure Information Line (680.7060)
Outgoing message is updated by 5:30 a.m. with current information.
- Broadcast Voicemail - Employees
A broadcast voicemail with current information will be sent to all Bates telephone lines by 5:30 a.m. You may check your voicemail remotely to access.
- Bates Website (www.bates.ctc.edu/Weather/)
This web page will be updated by 5:30 a.m. with current information
- Regional School Information & Media Notification (http://www.schoolreport.org/)
Information will be submitted by 5:30 a.m. This site is regional media’s source for broadcast information. You may log on to view a list of school closures and delays.
- Local Broadcast Television (KIRO, KOMO, KING, KCPQ)
Watch the scrolling information at the bottom of your television screen beginning at 5:30 a.m.
- Broadcast Email - Students
A broadcast email will be sent to the Bates student email distribution email list by 5:30 a.m.
If the college closes on a Friday because of inclement weather, then Saturday classes will be automatically cancelled.
ORIf inclement weather creates hazardous travelling conditions on a Saturday, then the President will make the decision to cancel classes by 6 a.m. on that Saturday. Staff and students should call the weather closure line at 253.680.7060, which will be updated by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays IF classes have been canceled.
Please note: Communications & Marketing staff members update these outlets as soon as we receive the information, and usually by 5:30 a.m. and by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays. If staff members have a long morning commute and an early start time, coordinate your departure time with your supervisor.
From Facilities: Please keep in mind that Facilities staff members have limited staffing on campus in the early mornings and may not have had the time to treat or scrape all paths to the college entrances. Please use extreme caution on walkways and parking lots and in entrance areas where areas may be wet and slippery. Avoid paths with inclines if possible, use cleared paths as they become available, and use handrails at stairs and ramps. Wear appropriate clothing including shoes with traction.
Below are priority areas for de-icing college grounds:
• Main Building entrances
• Primary paths to Main Building entrances
• Secondary Building entrances
• Primary paths to Secondary Building entrances
• Parking lots
• Primary path(s) from parking lots to campus building(s)
• Sloped walkways
• Reported areas of unsafe conditions
• Primary walkway routes between buildings
• Perimeter walkways
• Additional walkways between buildings