Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Emergency

Updates

  • 736802_10151336126633328_2104171009_o Preparing for a winter storm

    The college has begun making preparations for a major winter storm expected to arrive in the region on Friday, Feb. 8.

    A major winter storm is expected to hit southern New England on Friday, and the National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for eastern Massachusetts. Light snowfall is expected to begin by late Friday morning, intensify in the afternoon and continue into Saturday morning, bringing 12 to 24 inches of snow and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service.

    The college has begun making preparations for the storm, and as always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern. Please be aware that travel may not be safe from Friday noon to Saturday afternoon, and plan accordingly.

    The college will likely have further announcements by Thursday evening concerning any special plans, parking advisories or rescheduled events. You can also check Wheaton’s homepage for the most up-to-date information:

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/
    http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/

    We advise members of the campus community to use precautions during the inclement weather and to report any problems or safety issues to Wheaton Public Safety at 508-286-8213 or 508-285-5051.

  • Update: Classes begin at 11 a.m. today (Oct. 30)

    The college plans to resume classes at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 30). Classes scheduled before 11 a.m. have been canceled to allow for clean up and safe travel to campus. Because conditions may vary throughout southern New England, some faculty members may choose to cancel an individual class if they are unable to reach […]

    The college plans to resume classes at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 30). Classes scheduled before 11 a.m. have been canceled to allow for clean up and safe travel to campus.

    Because conditions may vary throughout southern New England, some faculty members may choose to cancel an individual class if they are unable to reach campus safely. However, students should plan to attend any regularly scheduled classes unless they are informed of a cancellation directly by their professor.

    Networking Issues

    The campus is experiencing some computer networking issues due to the storm. Some areas on campus may not be working or may be working intermittently.

    Information Technology staff will investigate and deal with them as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, please remember that when you return to campus:

    • If you suspect your computer equipment may have gotten wet or is in an area that is wet, DO NOT PLUG IT IN OR TURN IT ON, call 3900 ASAP and we will check the equipment out as soon as we open at 11:00AM.
    • If the area and your equipment are dry, please remember to plug in all equipment before turning it on.
    • Please follow the same precautions with your personal computer equipment.

    For Staff and Faculty

    Non-essential staff members should plan on reporting to campus for work at 11 a.m.

    Staff in departments that are considered essential, which includes dining halls and all physical plant employees, should plan on reporting to campus as regularly scheduled. Supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue.

    Any faculty or staff member concerned about personal safety or unable to get to campus is responsible for notifying supervisors or canceling individual classes. Please refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus: http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/

     

  • Update: Tuesday classes before 11 a.m. canceled

    Classes on Tuesday morning scheduled before 11 a.m. are canceled. The college plans to resume classes at 11 a.m., providing the college does not experience extended power outages.

    Classes on Tuesday morning scheduled before 11 a.m. are canceled. The college  plans to resume classes at 11 a.m., providing the college does not experience extended power outages.

    Morning classes are canceled for Tuesday to allow for clean up and safe travel to campus. Classes beginning at 11 a.m. and afterward will be held as scheduled.

    Because conditions may vary throughout southern New England, some faculty members may choose to cancel an individual class if they are unable to reach campus safely. However, students should plan to attend any regularly scheduled classes unless they are informed of a cancellation directly by their professor.

    If necessary, further updates will be distributed by the college’s emergency notification system as well as by email and on the web.

    In the event of an emergency, please call Wheaton Public Safety at 508-285-5051 or at 508-286-8213.

    For Staff and Faculty

    Non-essential staff members should plan on reporting to campus for work at 11 a.m.

    Staff in departments that are considered essential, which includes dining halls and all physical plant employees, should plan on reporting to campus as regularly scheduled. Supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue.

    Any faculty or staff member concerned about personal safety or unable to get to campus is responsible for notifying supervisors or canceling individual classes. Please refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus: http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/

     

  • UPDATE: Wheaton and Hurricane Sandy (Monday, 11:15 a.m.)

    The Wheaton campus is currently experiencing early effects of Hurricane Sandy, but the campus continues to have full electrical power, provide essential services to students and has not sustained any significant storm damage.

    The Wheaton campus is currently experiencing early effects of Hurricane Sandy, but the campus continues to have full electrical power, provide essential services to students and has not sustained any significant storm damage.

    The college is in regular contact with local public safety officials and the utility company, National Grid, to coordinate response to the storm.

    For safety, students should stay indoors as much as possible, and we urge all members of the campus community to exercise caution when moving across campus to avoid falling debris and other unsafe conditions. [Please note addition: the fitness center is closed today and the library will close at noon.]

    In addition, students should plan to keep cell phones and other mobile devices charged. In the event of a power outage, the college will use the emergency notification system to communicate via text and voicemail message as well as through the residential life staff and its online channels.

    The latest weather conditions and forecast information for Wheaton can be found from the college homepage and directly from the National Weather Service.

    More information on college operations, including the resumption of classes, will be shared by early evening.  Please check the college web site for further updates.

  • Classes canceled for Monday, Oct. 29

    Classes have been canceled for Monday, Oct. 29, due to the impending storm. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and late this afternoon, he asked all schools and colleges in the Commonwealth to close tomorrow. While classes will not be held, the college will continue all essential services, such as the […]

    Classes have been canceled for Monday, Oct. 29, due to the impending storm. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and late this afternoon, he asked all schools and colleges in the Commonwealth to close tomorrow. While classes will not be held, the college will continue all essential services, such as the dining halls.

    All non-essential personnel should not report for work. In departments that provide essential services, supervisors are responsible for coordinating schedules so that services continue.

    Wheaton does not anticipate any further disruptions in campus services, but college staff will continue to closely monitor the circumstances and will implement appropriate contingency plans, should they prove necessary.

    In preparation for the storm, we ask that students make sure that all windows 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 and, once the storm arrives, that you stay indoors.

    Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms are evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.

    Once the storm arrives, we suggest that you stay indoors. During any storm, we urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris 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 on the hurricane. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold, via email, the emergency alert system, the Wheaton web site, Facebook and Twitter.

    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.

  • Sunday morning update on Hurricane Sandy

    Wheaton College officials have made necessary emergency preparations and are continuing to monitor forecasts for Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we have decided to keep the campus open and we will hold classes on Monday. Faculty and staff should refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus. http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/ If you worry for […]

    Wheaton College officials have made necessary emergency preparations and are continuing to monitor forecasts for Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we have decided to keep the campus open and we will hold classes on Monday.

    Faculty and staff should refer to the college weather policy regarding reporting for work on campus.

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/hr/2012/09/07/inclement-weather-policy/

    If you worry for your own safety or cannot get to campus, it is your responsibility to notify your supervisor and to cancel your classes.

    In preparation for the storm, we ask that students make sure that all windows in dorms are kept closed, and that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require.

    Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms are evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC, so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.

    Once the storm arrives, we suggest that you stay indoors. During any storm, we urge you to exercise caution to avoid falling debris 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 on the hurricane. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s homepage to get the most up to date information:

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/
    http://wheatoncollege.edu/emergency/

    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.

    Thank you.

  • Weather Alert: Saturday afternoon update

    College staff continue to prepare the campus for a storm that forecasters predict will bring heavy wind and rain our way beginning late Sunday night. Our efforts include checking all emergency systems, preparing generators to power vital services in the event of a power outage, and keeping staff informed about plans for the campus. The […]

    College staff continue to prepare the campus for a storm that forecasters predict will bring heavy wind and rain our way beginning late Sunday night. Our efforts include checking all emergency systems, preparing generators to power vital services in the event of a power outage, and keeping staff informed about plans for the campus. The safety of our students and employees is our most significant concern. We are paying close attention to the storm's path and estimates of rain and wind, and will continue to update this site with pertinent campus announcements.

  • Weather Alert: Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

    Dear students, faculty and staff: Forecasters have yet to confirm the exact path of Hurricane Sandy, however, they are predicting that New England will be affected by heavy rain and high winds. The weather could turn severe as early as Monday, with the primary impact on Tuesday, according to National Weather Service officials. Wheaton staff […]

    Dear students, faculty and staff:

    Forecasters have yet to confirm the exact path of Hurricane Sandy, however, they are predicting that New England will be affected by heavy rain and high winds. The weather could turn severe as early as Monday, with the primary impact on Tuesday, according to National Weather Service officials.

    Wheaton staff members are already making preparations in order to keep the campus community safe.

    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 on the hurricane. And we will keep the campus updated and informed as details unfold. Check Wheaton’s homepage to get the most up to date information:

     In preparation for the storm, we ask that students make sure that all windows in dorms are kept closed, that you have stocked up on any prescribed medications that you may require, and, once the storm arrives, that you stay indoors.

    Students with medical conditions who would require assistance if dorms are evacuated should notify residential life staff or your RA or AC so that they will be able to assist you as soon as possible.

    Your safety is our utmost concern, so please use precautions during the inclement weather.

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

    Thank you.