Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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  • Parking restrictions begin Sunday

    It is believed that Eskimos have more than 50 words for different types of snow. No matter what you call it, it still means the same thing here at Wheaton College: parking restrictions. Forecasters are calling for two to four inches of “aqilokoq” (“softly falling snow”) beginning Sunday night and continuing into Monday morning. Parking […]

    It is believed that Eskimos have more than 50 words for different types of snow. No matter what you call it, it still means the same thing here at Wheaton College: parking restrictions.

    Forecasters are calling for two to four inches of “aqilokoq” ("softly falling snow") beginning Sunday night and continuing into Monday morning.

    Parking restrictions are being put into place, beginning Sunday, March 1, 2015, at noon, and continuing until Monday at 4 p.m. Towing at the owner's expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.)

    This enables the buildings and grounds crew to clear “aqilokoq” and ice from roads and pathways.

    We want everyone to be safe. We urge you to be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions.

    Safety considerations:

    >> Roads and paths will remain slippery in spots, due to drifting snow and icing c.
    >> High snow banks restrict motorist and pedestrian visibility, so please exercise caution when walking and driving.
    >> In some cases, specific building entrances will be closed due to the hazard of falling snow and ice. Please respect these closings and remain alert to the general hazard.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

     

     

     

  • Parking restrictions begin tonight

    Forecasters are predicting two to five inches of snow in our area tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, into tomorrow morning. Parking restrictions are being put into place beginning tonight at 6 p.m., through Wednesday at 4 p.m. Towing at the owner’s expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.) This helps the […]

    Forecasters are predicting two to five inches of snow in our area tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, into tomorrow morning.

    Parking restrictions are being put into place beginning tonight at 6 p.m., through Wednesday at 4 p.m. Towing at the owner's expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.)

    This helps the amazing buildings and grounds crew with the work of clearing snow and ice from roads and pathways.

    We want everyone to be safe. We urge you be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions.

    Safety considerations:

    >> Roads and paths will remain slippery in spots, due to drifting snow and icing caused by below-freezing temperatures expected throughout the week.

    >> High snow banks restrict motorist and pedestrian visibility so please exercise caution when walking and driving.

    >> In some cases, specific building entrances will be closed due to the hazard of falling snow and ice. Please respect these closings and remain alert to the general hazard.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Snow parking restrictions and campus safety

    More snow in the forecast; parking restrictions extended until Wednesday at 6 p.m.

    Forecasters are predicting three to five inches of snow for Tuesday, Feb. 17.

    This means that parking restrictions will remain in effect until Wednesday at 6 p.m., to aid in the increasingly difficult task of snow removal.

    Towing at the owners expense will be enforced, if necessary. (See the restrictions map for details.)

    We want everyone to be safe. Buildings and grounds crews are working hard to deal with the snow and ice. However, we urge you to be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions.

    Safety considerations:

    >> Roads and paths will remain slippery in spots, due to drifting snow and icing caused by below-freezing temperatures expected throughout the week.

    >> High snow banks restrict motorist and pedestrian visibility so please exercise caution when walking and driving.

    >> In some cases, specific building entrances will be closed due to the hazard of falling snow and ice. Please respect these closings and remain alert to the general hazard.

    >> Below-average winter temperatures will continue throughout the week, presenting the potential for hypothermia and frostbite due to prolonged exposure. When outside, it is important to dress warmly and in layers. More information is available from the Centers for Disease Control.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Blizzard alert: campus facilities opening

    Classes and activities will take place on Monday, Feb. 16

    8:20 p.m. update: Wheaton College will resume normal operations. Classes and activities will take place as scheduled on Monday, Feb. 16.

    Given the high winds and extreme cold temperature forecast for the region over the next 24 to 48 hours, students are urged to exercise caution. Campus roads and paths may become slippery, due to blowing and drifting snow and ice. Students should be alert snow and ice may be blown off roofs and trees.

    Bitter cold temperatures also present a hazard. With wind chills forecast for 20 to 30 below this evening, hypothermia and frostbite can occur. When outside, it is important to dress warmly and in layers.

    Public safety officials report that travel remains hazardous for motorists and pedestrians. The height of snow banks lining roads and parking lots obstruct visibility, making it difficult for motorists to spot pedestrians. Area roadways are still being cleared.

    Parking restrictions remain in effect until Monday at 6 p.m.


     

    4:45 p.m. update: Wheaton College will open several facilities for student use, now that the snowfall has ended.

    The facilities that will open are the Library (5 p.m. to 2 a.m.), Balfour-Hood (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.) and the Haas Athletic Center, for regularly scheduled practices.

    Given the high winds and extreme cold temperature forecast for this evening, students are urged to exercise caution and avoid venturing outside more than necessary.


    9:30 announcement: A blizzard bringing a foot or more of snow, high winds and extreme cold is moving through the region today (Sunday, Feb. 15) and Wheaton College students are urged to remain indoors as much as possible during the storm.

    Dining services in Chase and other essential services will continue. Other dining locations and college facilities, such as the library, will be closed on Sunday, until further notice. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Parking restrictions remain in effect.

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out during the day, which is when the storm is expected to peak. 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, and keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Please remember that the use of candles is prohibited.

    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 height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are possible. Only venture outside if absolutely necessary, such as going to Chase Dining Hall for meals. 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 emergency page to get the most up to date information. The next scheduled update will take place on Sunday evening, by 10 p.m.

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college has instituted its snow removal plan. (See restrictions and map.)

  • Blizzard alert: exercise caution

    Wheaton College students are urged to remain indoors as much as possible during the blizzard.

    A blizzard bringing a foot or more of snow, high winds and extreme cold is moving through the region today (Sunday, Feb. 15) and Wheaton College students are urged to remain indoors as much as possible during the storm.

    Dining services in Chase and other essential services will continue. Other dining locations and college facilities, such as the library, will be closed on Sunday, until further notice. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue. Parking restrictions remain in effect.

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out during the day, which is when the storm is expected to peak. 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, and keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Please remember that the use of candles is prohibited.

    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 height of the storm, high winds and near white-out conditions from heavy snowfall are possible. Only venture outside if absolutely necessary, such as going to Chase Dining Hall for meals. 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 emergency page to get the most up to date information. The next scheduled update will take place on Sunday evening, by 10 p.m.

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, the college has instituted its snow removal plan. (See restrictions and map.)

  • Winter alert; parking restrictions

      Weather forecasters have issued a blizzard watch for our area starting Saturday evening, Feb. 14, 2015, and continuing into Sunday afternoon, with strong winds, heavy snow accumulations of eight to 12 inches, and bitter cold air. Parking restrictions will be in effect beginning Saturday at noon until Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. Towing […]

     

    Weather forecasters have issued a blizzard watch for our area starting Saturday evening, Feb. 14, 2015, and continuing into Sunday afternoon, with strong winds, heavy snow accumulations of eight to 12 inches, and bitter cold air.

    Parking restrictions will be in effect beginning Saturday at noon until Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. Towing at the owners expense will be enforced, if necessary. See the restrictions map for details. http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/weather-related-parking-restrictions/

    Preparations

    Students should plan to remain indoors as much as possible and should not venture out late Saturday evening, when the storm is expected to intensify, unless necessary. 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, and keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. Please remember that the use of candles is prohibited.

    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.

    Safety

    We want everyone to be safe. Buildings and grounds crews are working hard to deal with the snow and ice. However, we urge you be aware of the potential of falling ice, slippery pathways and roads, and other unsafe conditions. Also please pay attention to restricted-access areas.

    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 emergency page to get the most up to date information. http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/updates/

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Classes canceled for Monday, Feb. 9.

    Classes and scheduled activities are canceled; college offices also will be closed on Monday.

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College are canceled for Monday, February 9, and they are scheduled to resume on Tuesday. Arrangements to make up the lost class day will be announced at a later time. College offices also will be closed on Monday.

    Dining at Chase Dining Hall and other essential services will continue on Monday, and additional facilities and services will open during the course of the day (see listing at right).

    Staff operations

    College offices will be closed on Monday, February 9, and non-essential personnel should not report for work. Non-essential employees should plan for resumption of regular work schedules on Tuesday morning (starting with the 6 a.m. shift) unless otherwise notified.

    In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue until the college resumes normal operations.

    Campus conditions

    Wheaton’s grounds crews will continue their herculean effort to remove snow and treat roadways and pathways throughout the duration of the storm, but please take care when walking about the campus because some areas may be slippery. We want to make sure everyone is safe.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking

    For more information, consult the parking restrictions page and map.

     

  • Storm alert, parking restrictions

    OK, least favorite rodent? The groundhog. Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil, for predicting six more weeks of this [insert your favorite word for snow here.] Get ready. Human forecasters are predicting three to four days of snow starting Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and continuing into Tuesday, February 10. The stalled weather system is likely to add one […]

    14-Campus-Snow-Parking-800OK, least favorite rodent? The groundhog. Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil, for predicting six more weeks of this [insert your favorite word for snow here.]

    Get ready. Human forecasters are predicting three to four days of snow starting Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, and continuing into Tuesday, February 10. The stalled weather system is likely to add one to three inches of light snow each day in our area.

    Wheaton’s grounds crews will continue their herculean effort to remove snow and treat roadways and pathways throughout the duration of the storm, but please take care when walking about the campus because some areas may be slippery. We want to make sure everyone is safe.

    A big thank you to the students who moved their vehicles from Lot 1 to Lot 2 the other day. Now, the time has come to move the vehicles back to a student lot. Please do so by 11 p.m. tonight, Friday, February 6. Remember that clean-up plans are in place for Lot 4 tonight until tomorrow, so please refrain from moving vehicles to Lot 4. Lot 1A (closest to Sidell Stadium) is open and has spaces available in it.

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, parking is restricted effective at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, until further notice. Check the emergency page of the Wheaton website on Monday afternoon for an update on the end to the restrictions. http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/updates/

    The restrictions do not apply to faculty or staff.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    Please note that when the college is open, faculty and staff are allowed to park in faculty and staff lots. If the college is closed due to weather, the parking ban applies to everyone.

    Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots (click on the map to see the areas):

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    The lots that are closed include:


    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMC)
    • 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 and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at 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
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • 10394021_807281324740_8031406297373006777_n Classes canceled for Monday, Feb. 2

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College are canceled for Monday, Feb. 2.

    Classes and scheduled activities at Wheaton College are canceled for Monday, February 2, and are scheduled to resume on Tuesday. College offices also will be closed on Monday.

    Dining services in Chase and other essential services will continue on Monday, and additional facilities and services may open during the course of the day (see listing at right).

    Staff operations
    College offices will be closed on Monday, February 2, and non-essential personnel should not report for work. Employees who work the third shift (11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) should plan to report for work unless otherwise notified.

    In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue until the college resumes normal operations.

    Campus conditions
    Snow removal operations will continue throughout the day, focusing on the core campus and residence halls. Students, faculty and staff should move across campus with care. Walkways and roadways are likely to remain slippery in many locations.

    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 emergency page to get the most up to date information.

    We encourage all students, faculty and staff to remain attentive to our website for updates. We want everyone to be safe.
    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

    Campus parking
    Parking restrictions will remain in effect through noon on Tuesday, February 3. (For more information, consult the parking restrictions page and map.)

     

     

  • Parking restrictions begin tonight

    Parking is restricted until noon on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 for snow removal operations.

    14-Campus-Snow-Parking-800A major winter storm is expected in our area very late tonight, Sunday, February 1, into Monday evening, with possible accumulations of eight to 12 inches of snow. In preparation, Wheaton College is instituting its snow removal plan, restricting parking starting tonight at 10 p.m. through noon on Tuesday, February 3.

    College officials are closely monitoring the weather forecast. Should there be a need to delay the start of the work day or to cancel classes, an announcement will be made by 6 a.m. on  Monday on the Wheaton College website emergency page.

    To enable clearing campus roads, paths and parking lots as quickly as possible, parking is restricted, effective at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, until noon on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. The restriction does not apply to faculty or staff.

    Any vehicle parked in closed lots, and that hampers emergency snow removal efforts, may be towed to an off-campus location, at the owners expense.

    Please note that when the college is open, faculty and staff are allowed to park in faculty and staff lots. If the college is closed due to weather, the parking ban applies to everyone.

    Students should make sure that vehicles are parked in one of the following lots (click on the map to see the areas):

    • Lot 1A, which is adjacent to the baseball stadium only
    • Lot 3, which is accessed from Pine Street
    • Lot 4, located off Fillmore Drive at the Meadows complex
    • Lot 10, behind the post office

    The lots that are closed include:


    • Lot 1 (Faculty/Staff lot in front of and across from the Clark Recreation Center, Nursery School and 4 Clark Rec Drive / Guest House)
    • Lot 2 (Faculty/Staff/visitor section in lot along East Main Street, opposite YMCA)
    • 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 and the Bookstore Lot
    • Parking areas located at 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
    • All vehicles parked along Howard Street should be moved to one of the open parking lots.

    If there are any problems or safety issues, please contact Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.