Q. How and when is a decision made to have a late start, close for the entire day, or close early in the day?
The decision to have a late start or close will rarely be made the night before a forecasted storm. Sometimes forecasted storms miss us or are not as severe as anticipated. The decision to have a late start or close for the entire day will be made by 5:30 a.m. and published or broadcast on the methods detailed in the next question. If weather worsens during the class day, a decision will be made to close early by administrators and announced over the paging system in college buildings for the Norfolk campus. The decision will also be published or broadcast using the methods below. A decision to cancel night classes will be made by 3 p.m. and published or broadcast as indicated below.
College administrators take several factors in to account when making such a decision,
including the following:
- Weather conditions in Norfolk or at our education centers
- Clearing of campus or education center parking lots in time for class
- Department of Roads information
You may check the state highway information system at http://511nebraska.org/ndortip/index.html for weather-related updates or the statewide highway web cams site at http://www2.dor.state.ne.us/Webcams/Default.aspx Or call 511.
The decision made for the Norfolk campus and the three education centers in O’Neill, West Point, and South Sioux City (College Center) may differ based on weather conditions at each site.
Q. How do I find out if there has been a late start or cancellation of campus operations due to the weather?
The campus automated phone message can be accessed by calling (402) 371-2020 or 1-800-348-9033. The college web site will be updated with a message of the status of the Norfolk campus and three college education centers shortly after a decision has been made. The college television station, KHWK, which is Channel 15 in communities served by CableOne, will post a message and local media outlets will be informed of the decision.
Q. If the campus has a late start, when am I expected to attend class?
If more than one half of your class can be conducted when the college opens, you should report to that class at the time the college opens. If more than one-half of your class is over when the campus opens, do not report to that class but plan on attending your next class at the regularly-scheduled time.
Q. Do we ever change our status from late start to closed?
Unfortunately, sometimes weather conditions change for the worse after we announce a late start. If a late start has been announced, please check the web page, automated phone message, KHWK, which is Channel 15 in communities served by CableOne, or your favorite radio or tv station for updates immediately before leaving home.
Q. If the road conditions are hazardous, do I still need to come to class if the campus is open?
Students are to use their own discretion about traveling on hazardous winter roads. Please contact your instructors as soon as possible when you cannot make it to class because of weather/road conditions.
Faculty contact information is available in your course syllabus. If you do not have a course syllabus, please call the college switchboard (402-371-2020 or 1-800-348-9033) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. After you reach the switchboard operator, tell him/her what you are studying at Northeast and ask that your call be directed to your academic dean for additional information.
Q. What happens if the weather turns bad during the daytime hours?
If bad weather occurs during the day, the college may close and information will be announced on the campus paging system for the Norfolk campus noting the time the college will close, as well as through the other sources noted for all of the sites.
Q. How do I know if the college will be open for evening classes?
College administration will monitor the weather throughout the day. If conditions warrant a cancellation of evening classes, an announcement will be made on the campus paging system and notifications sent to local media outlets prior to 3:00 p.m. Check the college website, the campus automated phone message (402) 371-2020 or 1-800-348-9033, KHWK, which is Channel 15 in communities served by CableOne, and your local media for the most up-to-date information.
Q. If the college is closed, are student activities going to be held as scheduled?
If the college is closed, generally student activities are also cancelled during the time the college is closed.