COVID-19:

New on-campus safety measures in effect November 19th

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When there's snow, check online before you go

Posted on November 9, 2020

What to know about snow

As we gear up for the winter, we would like to prepare the VCC community in case of snow.

In the event the college closes due to inclement weather, employees and students will be asked not to travel to the campuses in an abundance of caution.

  • Employees working remotely will continue as a regularly scheduled day.
  • Employees who were scheduled to physically attend a campus will work remotely where possible.
    • Speak with your supervisor for direction.
  • Classes that are online will continue as a regularly scheduled day.  
  • Students who were scheduled to be on campus will be contacted by their instructor
    • Instructors will determine if a class can be held online, or if the class will need to be rescheduled.

Only CLOSURES due to weather will be communicated on the VCC homepage

Vancouver Community College (VCC) has a plan in place to ensure a timely and coordinated response to inclement weather. Please note that VCC will physically remain open during normally scheduled hours unless weather conditions pose a hazard to public safety.

Campus closures

VCC considers many factors when deciding to physically close the college. These include public transportation availability, road conditions, and forecasts.

VCC’s director of safety and security determines if the college buildings will close.

In the event of a campus or college-wide building closure(s), VCC will inform the community prior to 6:30 a.m. for morning/daylong closures, 11:30 a.m. for afternoon closures, and 3:30 p.m. for evening closures.

Where to check

VCC's homepage www.vcc.ca is the official source for college closure announcements. Look for an alert banner at the top of the page. If there is no alert banner, the college is open during normally scheduled hours.

Unexpected campus closures and other emergency messages will also be shared through:

VCC Alerts

Our emergency safety response system

It is highly recommended to sign up for VCC Alerts to receive email and/or text message notifications.

Social media

A message will be posted to VCC’s official Twitter account (@myVCC).

Local media

VCC will send an advisory to local radio and TV stations. Recommendations: CKNW 980 (AM) and News AM 1130 (AM)

Telephone

A message will be recorded on VCC’s general phone line (604.871.7000).