Weather Closure Information

Weather Closures

Questions and Answers

Q. How are weather closure decisions made?

A. Lane administrators, safety and facilities staff work as a team and collaborate with school districts, other higher education institutions, and public agencies including cities, the county, LTD and ODOT, in making weather closure decisions. Lane conducts real-time monitoring of developing weather, road and campus conditions.

These and other factors are considered—

  • What are conditions on campus?
  • What are road conditions like?
  • What is the weather forecast?
  • Are temperatures expected to fall or rise?
  • Are local schools delaying or closing?
  • Are buses running on time?
  • How will this affect student-parents with kids in school?
  • How will this affect students who commute from a significant distance?

Closures may be announced at any time as conditions change but every effort is made to announce morning closures by 6:30 a.m., and evening closures by 3 p.m. Updates are posted as soon as possible.

Closures are announced on LaneAlert, FlashAlert.net, the college homepage, Facebook and Twitter pages, and on the switchboard. LaneAlert is the fastest way to get information. Students and employees are automatically signed up to receive emails from LaneAlert and should go to myLane and sign up for LaneAlert text messages and should also use myLane to make changes and update their contact information.

Each decision is likely to inconvenience someone. Lane does its best to ensure safety and accessibility for as many students as possible and encourages individuals to use caution and make the best decisions they can for themselves, whether confronting bad weather or other challenges.

Public agencies such as colleges have found that delays often create more confusion than closing for the day or remaining open for the day. Individual school districts may still delay depending on changing conditions in their vicinities.

If you miss class due to the weather or for any reason beyond your control, talk to your instructor or department head.

Q. How do we know if Lane is closed due to weather?

A. When a decision is made to close Lane Community College or delay classes due to severe weather, the college posts communications with news media, at lanecc.edu, at flashalert.net, and sends a LaneAlert emergency message. Students and employees are automatically signed up to receive emails from LaneAlert and should go to myLane and sign up for LaneAlert text messages and should also use myLane to make changes and update their contact information. Do not call news stations directly; this delays their ability to bring you the latest information.

Q. When will we know that Lane is closed?

A. Closures or delays can be announced at any time as conditions change; however, every effort is made to announce morning closures or delays by 6:30 a.m., and evening closures by 3 p.m.

Q. What do delays mean?

A. If the opening of classes is delayed, report to class at the new starting time if at least 50 minutes of class/lab time remains. For example, if opening is delayed to 10 a.m., classes and labs that normally begin at 10 a.m. or are already in session at 10 a.m. would meet, but only if the normal ending time for that class or lab is 10:50 a.m. or later. The remainder of the day would continue on the regular schedule.

Q. What routes are best?

A. When 30th Avenue is icy, some people drive in from the east via Franklin.

Q. What about LTD?

A. In general, LTD operates buses to Lane when Lane is open; however, drivers may choose alternate routes. An LTD route change does not necessarily indicate a college closure.

Q. What about snow and ice removal on main campus?

A. When snow and ice accumulate on Main Campus, warning signs are posted at entrances and work crews spread ice melter in pellet and spray form on sidewalks and traffic lanes. Snow plows clear the main south parking lots and traffic lanes connecting Eldon Schafer Drive and Gonyea Road. Since the Eugene area is fairly temperate and does not get exposed to extreme reoccurring heavy snow or icy winter conditions, the Lane facilities department has limited equipment and treatment resources to react to sudden accumulating snow or widespread icy conditions. It is very important that everyone use appropriate footwear, wear gloves, use handrails, take extra precautions in wintry conditions, and expect slick spots on cold mornings. Call Facilities, Management and Planning at (541) 463-5216 to report unsafe conditions or concerns.

Q. If Lane is closed, should staff report for work?

A. When the college or a college center is closed, classes and activities at the facility are canceled and staff who work there should not report for work or come to the work site, unless they receive specific instructions otherwise from their supervisor, or hear such instructions in news announcements. If some facilities are closed and others are open, staff who work at the open facilities should report to work as usual.

Q. Will staff get paid?

A. Employees should review the College Online Policy and Procedure System (COPPS) policy titled, "Pay: School Closure,", for guidelines on compensation.

Q. What if I have other questions?

A. Employees may refer to the Employee Emergency Manual. For a copy of the manual, send an email to barthd@lanecc.edu.  

Published December 17, 2013 by Lane Community College Marketing and Public Relations. For more information contact Joan Aschim, Public Information Officer, aschimj@lanecc.edu or (541) 463-5591.