Inclement Weather Policies & Procedures
General Policy for Students Attending Classes on the Main Campus in Bluefield
The decision to delay or cancel classes is based on two primary factors: 1) current weather/
road conditions, and 2) anticipated changes in weather/road conditions. When classes are
cancelled or delayed, the decision is based on what seems best for the majority of students.
Weather and road conditions can vary from county to county and even within counties. In
the event of inclement weather, one of two options may be invoked: 1) Inclement Weather
Schedule, or 2) Classes Cancelled.
1. Inclement Weather Schedule:
Scheduled time Delay time
1:00 afternoon regular time
evening classes regular time
4:00 evening classes regular time
2. Classes Cancelled
All classes will be cancelled, including night classes.
Administrative Procedure for Inclement Weather for Classes on the Main Campus
By 5:45 am each day, road and weather conditions are assessed by the Director of
Maintenance and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
If a delay or cancellation decision is to be made, it will be determined by 6:00 am by the
Director of Maintenance and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will notify
the Vice President for Student Development and the Director of Public Relations.
The Vice President for Student Development will then immediately notify appropriate
residential personnel who will inform on-campus students about the status of classes.
Between 6:00 am and 6:30 am, the Director of Public Relations will disseminate
e-mails to the “BCall” and “student” list-serves notifying faculty, staff and students
about the status of classes.
Between 6:00 am and 6:30 am, the Director of Public Relations will distribute a
similar notice by email and text message to faculty, staff and students who have
subscribed to the College’s RamAlert emergency notification system.
Between 6:00 am and 6:30 am, the Director of Public Relations will post a notice on
the Bluefield College web sitewww.bluefield.edu
concerning the status of classes.
Between 6:00 am and 6:30 am, the Director of Public Relations will notify local media
outlets about the status of classes. Please see the following list of media outlets that
will be notified.
Also, between 6:00 am and 6:30 am, the Director of Public Relations will place an
automated message on the College’s main telephone voice mail greeting (276) 326-
3682 and its 800 number greetings (800-872-0175 and 800-872-0176).
When the “Inclement Weather Schedule” is announced, students should continue
to monitor the situation for updates in the event deteriorating conditions require a
“Classes Cancelled” notice.
Subsequent “Classes Cancelled” notices will be distributed in the same manner as