Inclement Weather FAQs
Please be sure to familiarize yourself with A-B Tech's inclement weather procedure. You can sign up for text alerts or like our Facebook Page for the most instant updates on closings or delays. The College also will provide information on the A-B Tech website, Twitter feed, switchboard and through the local media.
We strongly encourage all students and staff to sign up for emergency text alerts on severe weather, College closings and delays, and other urgent issues from A-B Tech. You must sign up in WebAdvisor: once you log in, look under User Account and click on Verify/Change My Contact Information. Under Phone Number, there is an Alerts Phone Number box. Fill in your 10-digit cell phone number and be sure to select your carrier in order to receive alerts.
The College announces delays and closings by 6 a.m. Whenever possible, we will provide the exact time the College will open after a weather delay and it typically will be 10 a.m. To further clarify, school delays and closings reported by the media are submitted through systems where the only options are “two-hour delay” or “closed”. A two-hour delay is interpreted as 10 a.m. since the College officially opens for business at 8 a.m. However, we are aware that there are early clinicals for Allied Health programs and some 7 a.m. classes. Please verify start times with your instructors.
There also has been confusion about where to go at 10 a.m. — please report to wherever you normally would be at 10 a.m. — even if that is in the middle of a class with a 9:30 start time. Only classes that end before 10 a.m. are cancelled.
Delays for evening classes will be announced by 4 p.m. on the day of the classes.
Commuters, particularly those commuting from outlying areas, should exercise personal judgment concerning highway conditions regardless of College announcements.
- Curriculum class work can be made up by rescheduling the class, extra assignments, individual conferences, extended class sessions, online assignments, or other alternatives as determined by the Vice President for Instructional Services.
- Continuing Education sessions missed because of inclement weather will be rescheduled whenever possible.
Students and employees are asked to check announcements concerning the opened or closed status of the college during inclement weather or emergency situations.
- The President shall determine the classifications of days as hazardous, marginal or late opening. In the absence of the President, the determination shall be made by the Vice President Administrative Services.
- For classes in Buncombe County, announcements concerning school operation will be made as soon as possible and announced on all local radio and TV stations for all day classes. In addition, announced closings will be posted on the College web page, on the switchboard, and on the Victoria Road electronic message board. If it appears that ice or snow may be cleared before the day is over or the emergency situation has been addressed, a late opening will be announced as soon as possible. Students should attend classes as scheduled.
- For classes in Madison County, the Director of Madison Campus will make a weather-related announcement as soon as possible regarding closing via the Madison Campus telephone (828-398-7700) and will notify the President, the Vice President of Instruction, the Vice President of Administrative Services, and the College Switchboard operator that the Campus is closed or on a delayed schedule. If it appears that ice or snow may be cleared before the day is over or the emergency situation has been addressed, a late opening will be announced as soon as possible. Students should attend classes as scheduled.
- Important: If weather conditions become worse after an initial decision is made, an additional announcement closing school for the day will be made as soon as possible.
- Closing or delaying the day programs does not automatically close evening classes. Announcements will be made concerning the evening classes in the afternoon through the media (mentioned in Items 2 & 3).
- When weather conditions or emergency situations dictate early dismissal of day or evening classes, the announcement will be made by all means possible.
- In the event of inclement weather, commuters should exercise personal judgment concerning highway conditions regardless of College announcements, particularly those commuting from outlying areas.
- Curriculum and Continuing Education class work can be made up by rescheduling the class, extra assignments, individual conferences, extended class sessions, on-line assignments, or other alternatives as determined by the Vice President, Instructional Services.
- Continuing Education sessions missed because of inclement weather or emergency situations may be rescheduled.
For employee regulations during the three types of inclement weather days, refer to the Procedure for Compensation for Critical and Non-Critical Positions during Inclement Weather or Emergency Situations.
Pursuant to Board policy, Chapter 300, Section 304, this procedure must be followed when dealing with inclement weather and emergency situations.
Level 3: Hazardous Day: Travel conditions are unsafe and no improvement is expected within a reasonable time. College is closed to faculty, staff and students. College classes will not meet and special events will not be held.
Level 2: Marginal Day: Improving Conditions Expected Day: Early weather conditions are hazardous, improvement expected, but not enough time to have all parking lots and sidewalks cleaned. College is closed to faculty and students. Staff reports at the designated college opening time. Special events will not be held.
Level 1: Late Opening Day: Early weather conditions are hazardous, improvement expected and parking and sidewalks can be cleared for a late opening. College classes will begin late at a time announced through the appropriate media. Faculty, staff and students are to report to the work or class location consistent with their schedule for the designated opening time. Special events will be held once the college has opened.