Friday classes, weekend activities cancelled
Posted on February 7, 2013
All classes and organized activities at Wheaton College will be cancelled from Friday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12 noon, due to the major winter storm expected to arrive early tomorrow and continue into Saturday.
Dining and other essential services will continue. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Non-essential personnel should not report for work on Friday or Saturday.
Students who would like to go home for the weekend are urged to do so by this evening. Forecasters and public officials predict that travel will not be safe on Friday and that roads may not be passable before late in the afternoon on Saturday.
Students who remain on campus should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out after sunset on Friday, when the storm is expected to intensify. Also, students should make sure that all windows and exterior doors in dorms are kept closed, that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require, keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged.
Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms need to be evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.
During the storm
Once the storm arrives, students should stay indoors as much as possible. During the height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are predicted. We urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris, slippery pathways and other unsafe conditions.
Public safety officials and other staff members will be in regular contact with Norton emergency officials as well as with the National Weather Service for updates. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s homepage to get the most up to date information.
If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.
To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college is instituting its snow removal plan.
Student vehicles should be parked in either Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street, or in Lot 10, behind the post office. (Consult the campus map to identify the numbered lots.)
All vehicles should be moved from all other parking lots no later than 9 p.m. this evening (Thursday, Feb. 7). The lots that are being closed include:
- Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of Clark Recreation Center and Nursery School)
- Lot 2 West Section (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main St. opposite YMCA)
- Lot 6 (Faculty/Staff lot behind Balfour-Hood Center and adjacent to Science Center)
- Lot 7 (Faculty/Staff lot to left of Haas Athletic Center)
- Lot 8 (Faculty/Staff lot to right of Haas Athletic Center)
- Lot 9 (Faculty/Staff lot adjacent to Science Center loading dock)
- Lyons Den lot to Lot 8 Bookstore Lot
- Students residing in Bittersweet, Lindens and Elms Dorms, 5/7 Pine Street, 46/48 East Main Street, 7&9 Howard Street, 42 Howard Street, 44 Howard Street, 20 Taunton Avenue, 26/28 Taunton Avenue, 34 Taunton Avenue and 9 Taunton Avenue are instructed to remove their vehicles from those dorms and relocate them to Lot #3 (Pine Street Lot) no later than 6:00 p.m.
- All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to Lot #3 (Pine Street Lot) no later than 6:00 p.m.
Any vehicle remaining, or not relocated per these instructions, that hampers emergency snow removal efforts may to towed to an off campus location, at the owners expense.