Inclement Weather Notification
August 21, 2021
To the Springfield College Community,
We are continuing to closely monitor the track of Hurricane Henri. This morning, the storm strengthened to a hurricane that features maximum sustained winds of 75 mph that could cause power outages and significant rainfall that has the potential to cause flooding. The hurricane’s impact on the Springfield area is predicted to begin early Sunday morning and continue through Monday morning.
Many students are returning to campus this weekend. If the storm changes your travel plans, please know that we will be ready to welcome you when it is safer to travel. Your safety is our priority.
We will continue to provide updates as necessary via email, through the College's social media channels. Our emergency notification system, RAVE Alert, will be activated if there is particular action we need you to take.
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Springfield College Weather Notification
College Closing, Cancellation, or Delay of Classes
When there is a closing or delay due to inclement weather, information will be posted here.
Springfield College wishes to keep safe its community members during periods of inclement weather. This page will provide updates regarding weather-related class and event cancellations and office closings before and during inclement weather occurrences.
In the event that inclement weather presents a risk to members of the College community, the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, in consultation with the President, Executive Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police, the Director of Facilities Management, and others as appropriate, will make a determination on whether to cancel or delay classes and/or to close certain offices and campus services. The essential factor in the decision will be the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
For the Department of Graduate Social Work: If the College has established closure or delay for the main campus, the same plan applies to classes held at the Brennan Center on 45 Island Pond Rd., Springfield, Mass. Students and faculty should consult the 'Forms of Notification' listed below for information about classes held on Saturdays and Sundays at the Brennan Center and on Saturdays and Sundays at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Mass.
Typically, determination on whether a closing, cancellation, or delayed opening is necessary will be made by 6 a.m. with notifications in place by 6:15 a.m. Broadcast media usually post the information shortly after that. Please keep in mind, however, that every situation is unique.
When a snowstorm or other weather event occurs during the workday, updated information regarding cancellation of the remainder of day classes, evening classes, and campus activities will be posted on the weather emergency notification page during the day.
Regional Campus Information
For regional students, faculty, and staff: Closures, cancellations, or delays specific to one or several regional campuses are posted on individual campus home pages.
Main Campus (Springfield, Mass.) Notifications
When inclement weather necessitates that the main campus of Springfield College close, cancel, or delay events, the College undertakes the following forms of notification:
- The Springfield College Weather Emergency Notification page
- The Springfield College RAVE Alert notification system (text and email)
- The Springfield College website
- The Springfield College internal website, PrideNET
- Instagram Stories
- Local television -- WWLP-NBC TV 22, WGGB-ABC TV 40, WSHM-CBS TV 3, WGGB-FOX TV 6, and WVIT-NBC Connecticut
SC Alert/RAVE Alert Emergency Notification System
Register or make changes to your Springfield College RAVE Alert account here.
The cancellation of athletic events will be determined by the Director of Athletics. The determination is made independently of a decision about classes. The safety of students, staff, and faculty will be factored into all decisions regarding travel.
DEFINITION OF TERMS:
- Cancelled Classes is defined as the canceling of scheduled classes and the closing of College offices. However, required personnel are expected to report.
- Delayed Opening is defined as scheduled classes cancelled until the opening time and offices are closed until the designated time. However, required personnel are expected to report.
- School Closed is defined as all classes and activities are cancelled, all offices are closed except for basic services including food service and campus safety. Emergency and other required personnel are expected to report.
Facilities Open During Inclement Weather
Activities for Students: If the main campus has a weather-related closing, there will be a full slate of activities for students. These activities will be posted in Cheney Hall, the campus union, and residence halls.
If the main campus has a weather-related delay, the following essential services will be available: Cheney Dining Services will have normal business hours. Dunkin, Union Station, PoD will open at the designated time determined by the College. The Learning Commons, Wellness Complex and Campus Union will have normal business hours.
In addition, the following facilities will be open and available:
|Cheney Hall||10 a.m. to 8 p.m.||(413) 748-3205|
|Learning Commons||*10 a.m. to normal closing time||(413) 748-3315|
|Public Safety||Regular hours||(413) 748-5555|
|Campus Union||*10 a.m. to normal closing time||(413) 748-3000|
|Wellness & Recreation Complex||*10 a.m. to normal closing time||(413) 748-3396|
*Closing hours are subject to change throughout the day based on the severity of the storm. Please check PrideNET during storms for the most up-to-date information.
During times of inclement weather, a mobility shuttle is available for those experiencing mobility issues. This service is available when classes are in session, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with continued service available via the College’s safety shuttle’s hours of operation. (The Springfield College shuttle service operates Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight and Friday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
If you are in need of the mobility shuttle service, call (413) 748-3516. Please indicate if you will need a van with a wheelchair lift or if the shuttle van would be better able to assist you.
Clearing of Parking Lots
Students are notified of snow removal dates and timing via postings in residence halls, Springfield College email, and posted signs at lots on the day of snow removal. Please remember that it is the responsibility of the individual to find out when the removal will occur.
When classes are not canceled, it is the personal decision of each of our non-residential students regarding their ability to drive to campus for scheduled classes safely. Students who believe that they should not drive to campus should contact their faculty members prior to class as they would for any other unexpected absence, such as an illness or a transportation issue.