If you haven’t broken out your winter coats, this is probably the week to do so. It’s also time to review the college’s inclement weather process for closures and delays.

Safety is important during inclement weather conditions. If employees or students determine that it is not safe for them to travel while the college is open, please notify your instructor or supervisor as soon as feasible to make arrangements and/or for proper approvals.

Not sure if school is in session because of poor weather? The college will make a decision about delaying or canceling classes based on weather forecasts, campus conditions and the conditions of the roads around our campuses. Once a decision has been made, the college community will be notified as quickly as possible, most likely before 5:30 a.m.

Students and employees may access the most up-to-date weather information on delayed starts, campus closures or early dismissals in the following manners:

  • Phone, 253.680.7060

The most reliable source of information, the Weather Information Hotline (253.680.7060) is the first item that is updated any time a closure or delay happens. Whenever possible, the weather hotline is updated by 5:30 a.m. with current information, and by 4 p.m. for evening classes.

Download a sign for your office or classroom.

Rave Alert is Bates Technical College’s official emergency notification system used to communicate with students and employees during events that affect college operations, including campus emergencies and inclement weather.

Students and staff with Bates-issued email addresses are automatically enrolled. You must sign in and add your cell phone number to receive text messages when Rave Alert is activated. 

Read more about Rave Alert.

  • Broadcast email to students and employees

Check your college email to find out how inclement weather will impact your day. (Sent as a service of Rave Alert.)

  • Media outlets

Please check local TV, newspapers and radio stations for updates. We use FlashAlert to post regular updates to local media outlets.

Saturday Closures

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


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 Information Hotline at 253.680.7060, which will be updated by 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays ONLY IF classes have been canceled.

Please note: Communications update these outlets as soon as we receive the information, and usually by 5:30 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.

Important note about our facilities 

Please keep in mind that Facilities and Operations 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

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.