Central Penn College - Weather-Related Schedule Changes

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Weather-Related Schedule Changes

FAQs for Students, Faculty & Staff

What does a modified snow schedule mean for me? 

  • Class start times are delayed by up to 90 minutes during a modified snow schedule.  The modified snow schedule of classes is as follows: 
Normal Class Time Snow Schedule
7:30 a.m. 9 - 9:45 a.m.
8:40 a.m. 9:55 - 10:40 a.m.
9:50 a.m. 10:50 - 11:35 a.m.
11 a.m. 11:45 - 12:30 p.m.
12:10 p.m. 12:40 - 1:25 p.m.
1:20 p.m. 1:35 - 2:20 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Return to normal schedule

What does “Blackboard Day” mean for me? 

  • Classes are held on Blackboard and students have the responsibility to complete the posted work for each class.  Assignments for day classes should be posted by noon and assignments for evening classes should be posted by 6:00 p.m.  Classes are not cancelled and students must access their coursework online.  

What if classes are in session and I cannot get in?

  • Contact your professors via email or phone as soon as possible.    

When are decisions made?

  • A modified snow schedule or Blackboard Day will be announced by 6:00 a.m.  If a modified snow schedule is upgraded to a Blackboard Day the announcement will occur by 8:00 a.m.  If the college will close early and implement Blackboard for afternoon or evening classes, this notification will be made by 3:00 p.m.  

How are snow schedules announced? 

  • Central Penn announces modified snow schedules or Blackboard Days through the CP Alert notification system. Students may register by visiting My.CentralPenn and selecting the “CP Alert” tab. Announcements are also available via the College’s alert phone number: (717) 728-2469. Central Penn also broadcasts schedule changes on local television and radio stations.

How should I dress? 

  • Due to conditions on campus, students are encouraged to wear safe, comfortable footwear during any inclement weather. Footwear that provides traction on snowy and potentially icy walkways is ideal. If you notice an area that needs particular attention, please notify Safety & Security immediately. 

What happens to activities? 

  • If a modified snow schedule is in place, the club advisor will make a decision regarding the planned activity.  If the college declares operation on Blackboard, all activities are cancelled.

What does a modified snow schedule mean for me?

  • Faculty and Staff need to report for work by 9:00 a.m.  Class start times are delayed by up to 90 minutes during a modified snow schedule.  The modified snow schedule of classes is as follows:
Normal Class Time Snow Schedule
7:30 a.m. 9 - 9:45 a.m.
8:40 a.m. 9:55 - 10:40 a.m.
9:50 a.m. 10:50 - 11:35 a.m.
11 a.m. 11:45 - 12:30 p.m.
12:10 p.m. 12:40 - 1:25 p.m.
1:20 p.m. 1:35 - 2:20 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Return to normal schedule

What does “Blackboard Day” mean for me?

  • Only personnel whose jobs have been classified as “essential” and who can reach campus safely are expected to report.  Employees who have the ability to work from home are encouraged to do so.  If employees are unable to work remotely during a Blackboard Day a PTO day will need to be taken.  Faculty and staff members should communicate their intentions with their immediate supervisor. 
  • Facilities and Security are classified as essential personnel. Essential personnel who do not report to work as scheduled must charge time missed to their leave balances or take leave without pay as appropriate.  While on a leave of absence, essential personnel will be considered non-essential.  Essential personnel required to work in excess of the hours in their normally scheduled shift will be compensated in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act for excess time worked provided they are in a non-exempt position. 
  • For faculty members: an assignment equivalent to the number of class hours for the day must be posted to Blackboard for any class impacted by the closing of campus.  Instructors for day classes must post their assignment(s) by 12:00 p.m. on the day the college is operating under a Blackboard Day.  Instructors for evening courses must post their assignments by 6:00 p.m. on the day the college is operating under a Blackboard Day.  An email reminder should be sent to all students. 

How do I prepare beforehand for snow modifications?

  • If the weather service is calling for the chance of bad weather, it would be appropriate to take work home in preparation. 
  • It is appropriate for faculty to have emergency lesson plans in place that can be easily modified for online learning. 

What if classes are in session and I cannot get in?

  • Contact your immediate supervisor so coverage can be arranged.  The employee will then assume the responsibility of taking a PTO day. 

When are decisions made?

  • A modified snow schedule or Blackboard Day will be announced by 6:00 a.m.  If a modified snow schedule is upgraded to a Blackboard Day the announcement will occur by 8:00 a.m.  If the college will close early and implement Blackboard to afternoon or evening classes, this notification will be made by 3:00 p.m. 

How are snow schedules announced?

  • Central Penn announces modified snow schedules or Blackboard Days through the CP Alert notification system. Faculty and Staff members may register by visiting My.CentralPenn and selecting the “CP Alert” tab. Announcements are also available via the College’s alert phone number: (717) 728-2469. Central Penn also broadcasts schedule changes on local television and radio stations. 

How should I dress?

  • Faculty and staff should follow the business casual dress policy during a modified snow schedule.

What happens to activities?

  • If a modified snow schedule is in place, the club advisor will make a decision regarding the planned activity.  If the college declares operations on Blackboard, all activities are cancelled.