If you haven’t broken out your winter coats, this is probably the week to do it. It’s also time to review the college’s inclement weather procedures and closure notification resources.

Bates closure alert resources:

  • Rave Alert Emergency System — Rave Alert is Bates Technical College’s official emergency notification system used to communicate with students and employees during campus emergencies. Students and staff with Bates-issued email addresses are automatically enrolled. Visit www.getrave.com/login/batestechcollege and log in to add a personal email or phone number to receive email and text notifications.
  • Weather Closure Information Line (253.680.7060) — Outgoing message is updated by 5:45 a.m. with current information. Download a sign for your office or classroom.
  • Twitter and Facebook — The social media sites Twitter and Facebook will be updated as available. Follow@BatesTechnical or ‘like’ us: facebook.com/BatesTechnicalCollege.
  • Regional School Information & Media Notification (net— Information will be submitted by 5:45 a.m. This site is regional media’s source for broadcast information. You may log on to view a list of school closures and delays. (Go directly to Bates’ FlashAlert page.)
  • Local Broadcast Television (KIRO, KOMO, KING, KCPQ) — Watch the scrolling information at the bottom of your television screen beginning at 5:45 a.m.
  • Broadcast Email – Students and Employees — A broadcast email will be sent to college email accounts for both students and employees by 5:45 a.m.

Add your cell and email www.getrave.com/login/batestechcollege  to receive email and text notifications.

Saturday Closures

If the college closes on a Friday because of inclement weather, then Saturday classes will be automatically canceled.

OR

If inclement weather creates hazardous travelling conditions on a Saturday, then a decision to cancel classes will be made by 6 a.m. on that Saturday. Staff and students should call the weather closure line at 253.680.7060, which will be updated by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays IF classes have been canceled.

Please note: Communications & Marketing staff members update these outlets as soon as we receive the information, and usually by 5:45 a.m. and by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays. If staff members have a long morning commute and an early start time, coordinate your departure time with your supervisor.

Please use extreme caution on walkways and parking lots and in entrance areas where areas may be wet and slippery.

Please use extreme caution on walkways and parking lots and in entrance areas where areas may be wet and slippery.

From Facilities: Please keep in mind that Facilities staff members have limited staffing on campus in the early mornings and may not have had the time to treat or scrape all paths to the college entrances. Please use extreme caution on walkways and parking lots and in entrance areas where areas may be wet and slippery. Avoid paths with inclines if possible, use cleared paths as they become available, and use handrails at stairs and ramps. Wear appropriate clothing including shoes with traction.

Below are priority areas for de-icing college grounds:
• Main Building entrances
• Primary paths to Main Building entrances
• Secondary Building entrances
• Primary paths to Secondary Building entrances
• Parking lots
• Primary path(s) from parking lots to campus building(s)
• Sloped walkways
• Reported areas of unsafe conditions
• Primary walkway routes between buildings
• Perimeter walkways
• Additional walkways between buildings

There are times when K‐12 schools will close, though colleges remain operational.

If you don’t hear to the contrary via media, phone call, college voicemail or Internet posting, please assume that the college is open and operating on our usual schedule.

There are times when K‐12 schools will close, though colleges remain operational. Students with children for whom K‐12 cancellation may present a hardship are encouraged to discuss individual situations with their instructor.

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The courtyard at the Downtown Campus bathed in ice during a cold winter in 2012. Photo courtesy Facilities and Operations employee Bill Green.

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