Emergency Closing Information | Albright College

Emergency Closing Information

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Albright inclement weather information is first posted through the college’s e2Campus alert system and the albright.edu website. Information on this page will be updated regularly. Please refresh your browser to ensure that you are receiving the most current information.

Good snowy morning, Albrightians –

Albright’s Weather Response Team (WRT) is always on top of the weather forecast and aims to make the best decisions possible for the safety of our community based on available information. Safety is a top priority always! Unfortunately, weather is often unpredictable and the timing of today’s snow shifted since last evening.

According to current models, roads and visibility will be significantly impacted between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. For the safety of our community, if you are already on campus, the WRT strongly encourages you to stay on campus. And if you have not yet travelled to campus, please remain home and make arrangements to conduct your work, classes and learning online.  

Faculty, please reach out to your students and communicate your plans for teaching today.  And please keep in mind that commuter students may not be on campus yet and are encouraged to remain at home. Please do what you can to accommodate the needs of our commuter students.

Students, please be sure to check your email and Canvas for information from your professors regarding classes and assignments for today.

On-campus operations, including Dining, Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, and the Student Center will operate on a normal schedule. And as always, please remember that regardless of the weather, library services will continue to be available online, as will those of the Academic Learning Center, the Writing Center and ELCDC. You will find links to all of these resources at https://www.albright.edu/current-students/

Most importantly, please be safe, use your best judgement, and think warm spring thoughts! It’s coming soon!

If anything changes in regard to the weather and on-campus operations for the remainder of the day, we will be in touch with you.

Be well and stay safe!

Good evening, Albrightians –

Based on the current weather conditions, as well as what is predicted in the overnight hours, on-campus operations before 10 a.m. will be suspended tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Online classes and telework for employees will continue as long as the loss of power does not impact the ability to work, teach and learn remotely. Please remember that while non-essential employees will be expected to continue to work remotely if they are able, no mandatory meetings should be held prior to 10 a.m.

Students, it is important to note that even though in-person classes before 10 a.m. are suspended, your professors may choose to hold classes online if they are able, or they may provide assignments. Please check your email and Canvas for specific guidance from your professors.

Additionally, for the safety of our families and staff, the Albright Early Learning Center will open at 9 a.m.

In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

For our resident students, dining facilities, the Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, and the Student Center will be open as follows.

  • Dining Facilities: The Dining Hall is open for normal hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All other dining venues (Jake’s Java, Jake’s Place, Peg’s Café, and Rockland Market) will open at 10 a.m. For more information, please visit albright.campusdish.com
  • Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being: Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Student Center: The Student Center desk will be staffed beginning at 9 a.m.

And for all students, please remember that regardless of the weather, library services will continue to be available online, as will those of the Academic Learning Center, the Writing Center and ELCDC. You will find links to all of these resources at https://www.albright.edu/current-students/

Please stay safe and remember to reach out and say thank you to our hand-working facilities and grounds crews who have been working round the clock to make sure our campus is clear from snow and ice; to our public safety team for weathering the storm to keep our community safe; and to the Aramark team for providing food for our students in the dining hall.

Please remember that in addition to your email and e2 Campus, the Albright website offers important information about how the weather and other emergencies impact our campus community. When you visit, be sure to refresh your browser to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Be well and stay safe!

Good morning, Albrightians –

Due to today’s inclement weather, which is predicted to continue throughout the day, and for the safety of the Albright community, on-campus operations will be suspended today and this evening, Thursday, February 18, 2021. Online classes and telework for employees will continue as long as the loss of power does not impact the ability to work, teach and learn remotely. Please remember that while non-essential employees will be expected to continue to work remotely if they are able, no mandatory meetings should be held.

Students, it is important to note that even though in-person classes are suspended today, your professors may choose to hold classes online if they are able, or they may provide assignments. Please check your email and Canvas for specific guidance from your professors.

The Albright Early Learning Center is open and currently operating on its normal schedule. If the center closes early, we will notify the community.

In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

For our resident students, dining facilities, the Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, and the Student Center will be open as listed below. For safety, day and evening shuttles will not run. If an escort is needed, please contact Public Safety at 610-921-7670.

  • Dining Facilities: The Dining Hall is open for normal hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All other dining venues (Jake’s Java, Jake’s Place, Peg’s Café, and Rockland Market) will be closed. For more information, please visit albright.campusdish.com
  • Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being: Open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Please note that the Schumo Center may close early depending on weather, road and walkways conditions.)
  • Student Center: The Student Center desk will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – stop by to play pool, ping pong, or board games! Please remember that due to the pandemic, all guidelines outlined in the Community Care Compact must continue to be followed.

A decision about the men’s and women’s basketball games scheduled for this evening at home and away, respectively, will be made later in the day. Please check www.albrightathletics.com to stay up to date.

And for all students, please remember that regardless of the weather, library services will continue to be available online, as will those of the Academic Learning Center, the Writing Center and ELCDC. You will find links to all of these resources at https://www.albright.edu/current-students/

Thank you to all Albrightians who have traveled to campus despite inclement weather to keep our campus clear and safe and to support our residential learning community this winter season. You are appreciated!

Please remember that in addition to your email and e2 Campus, the Albright website offers important information about how the weather and other emergencies impact our campus community. When you visit, be sure to refresh your browser to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

As you travel today, please use caution and be safe!

Good Evening, Albrightians –

Due to the inclement weather predicted to begin in the early morning hours tomorrow, on-campus operations before 9:30 a.m. are suspended tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 18. Online classes and telework for employees will continue as long as the loss of power does not impact the ability to work, teach and learn remotely.

Students, it is important to note that even though in-person classes before 9:30 a.m. are suspended, your professors may choose to hold classes online if they are able, or they may provide assignments. Please check your email and Canvas for specific guidance from your professors.

In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

For our resident students, dining facilities, the Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, and the Student Center will open as follows:

  • Dining Facilities: The Dining Hall will be open for normal hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All other dining venues (Jake’s Java, Jake’s Place, Peg’s Café, and Rockland Market) will open at 10 a.m.
  • Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being: Opening at 8 a.m.
  • Student Center: The Student Center desk will be staffed beginning at 9 a.m.

And for all students, please remember that regardless of the weather, library services will continue to be available online, as will those of the Academic Learning Center, the Writing Center and ELCDC.

What about tomorrow?

So that the Weather Response Team is able to make the most informed decision possible, the team will convene early in the morning to assess the current weather, road and campus conditions. If this turns into a full day suspension of on-campus operations, communication will be sent before 8 a.m.

Thank you to all of our essential personnel in facilities, grounds, public safety and dining for keeping our community safe and well fed!

Please remember that in addition to your email and e2 Campus, the Albright website offers important information about how the weather and other emergencies impact our campus community. When you visit, be sure to refresh your browser to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Whether traveling on foot or by car, please use caution and stay safe!

Hello, Albrightians –

Happy first day of the spring semester! Sadly, Mother Nature must not be aware that we have entered spring. Forecasters are predicting significant ice and sleet this evening, so out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our community, on-campus, in-person classes that meet after 5 p.m. tonight, Monday, Feb. 15, will be suspended. Online evening classes will continue as long as the loss of power does not impact the ability to teach and learn remotely.

In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

For our resident students, the Dining Hall, Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, and Student Center will remain open this evening as follows:

  • Dining Hall: Closing at 8 p.m.
  • Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being: Closing at 9 p.m. (opening tomorrow at 8 a.m.)
  • Student Center: The Student Center Desk will be staffed until 9 p.m.

And for all students, please remember that regardless of the weather, library services will continue to be available online, as will those of the Academic Learning Center, the Writing Center and ELCDC.

What about tomorrow morning?

At this time, it is difficult to predict what the weather may bring to us tomorrow. The Weather Response Team will continue to monitor the weather throughout the night and will reconvene in the early morning to assess road and campus conditions. A decision regarding on-campus operations, classes and activities will be communicated by approximately 5:30 a.m.

Please remember that in addition to your email and e2 Campus, the Albright website offers important information about how the weather and other emergencies impact our campus community. Be sure to refresh your browser to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

Please be well and stay safe!

Hello, Albrightians –

Happy snow day! Can you believe the size of some of those flakes earlier today?

Based on the forecast, which is calling for snow to continue through the night and into tomorrow, as well as poor road conditions, and our ability to keep campus clear and safe, on-campus operations will be suspended tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Classes, which are being held online during Interim, will continue, as will telework for employees, as long as the loss of power does not impact the ability to work, teach and learn remotely. Please remember that while non-essential employees will be expected to continue to work remotely if they are able, no mandatory meetings should be held.

Additionally, the Albright Early Learning Center will open at 9 a.m. Please note that this status may change due to weather and road conditions and the ability to ensure the safety of our community. If a change is necessary, communication will be sent by 7 a.m. tomorrow.

In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

For our resident students, the Student CenterDining Hall and Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being will be open as follows:

  • Student Center: The Student Center Desk will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students, looking for something to do? Stop by during the day to play pool, ping pong, or board games. Please remember that due to the pandemic, all guidelines outlined in the Community Care Compact must continue to be followed.
  • Dining Hall: Breakfast, 7-8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Dinner, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being: Schumo will remain closed for today with plans to reopen tomorrow at 1 p.m.  (As stated above, please note that this status could change due to weather and road conditions and the ability to ensure the safety of our community. If a change is necessary, communication will be sent by 10:30 a.m.)

And for all students who are currently taking Interim classes, please remember that library services will continue to be available online, as will those of the Academic Learning Center, the Writing Center and ELCDC.

Why the shift to a “suspension of on-campus operations?”

As noted yesterday, we know that this language is a bit different than what you are used to hearing for inclement weather. However, as a residential learning community, Albright College provides many services to its students and others on a 24/7 basis, and it is imperative that essential services be maintained and safety preserved. Given the wide range of work activities performed at Albright College, as well as the shift to remote work and learning over this last year, it is not possible to have a one-size fits all inclement weather policy. Individual employees and the college collectively share an interest in, and concern for, getting the work done, continuing our mission of educating students, and protecting the well-being of all members of our community.

Thank you to all of our essential personnel in facilities, grounds, public safety and dining for weathering this storm and keeping our community safe!

Please be well and stay warm and dry!

Good evening, Albrightians –

I hope you’re enjoying this snowy Sunday. Based on the forecast, and for the safety of our community, on-campus operations will be suspended tomorrow, Monday, February 1, 2021. Classes, which are being held online during Interim, will continue. In addition, the Albright Early Learning Center will be closed.

In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

What does the suspension of on-campus operations mean for faculty, staff and students?

We know that this language is a bit different than what you are used to hearing for inclement weather. However, as a residential learning community, Albright College provides many services to its students and others on a 24/7 basis, and it is imperative that essential services be maintained and safety preserved. Given the wide range of work activities performed at Albright College, as well as the shift to remote work and learning over this last year, it is not possible to have a one-size fits all inclement weather policy. Individual employees and the college collectively share an interest in, and concern for, getting the work done, continuing our mission of educating students, and protecting the well-being of all members of our community.

In this spirit, the suspension of on-campus operations means that while there will be very limited access to on-campus facilities:

  • Non-essential employees will be expected to continue to work remotely if they are able, but no mandatory meetings should be held;
  • All classes during Interim session are being held online, so faculty and students should plan to continue with classes as usual, as long as the loss of power does not impact the ability work, teach and learn remotely.
  • Please note that library services will continue to be available online, as will those of the Academic Learning Center, the Writing Center and ELCDC.

For our resident students, the Student Center and the Dining Hall will be open as follows:

  • Student Center: The Student Center Desk will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students, looking for something to do? Stop by during the day to play pool, ping pong, or board games. Please remember that due to the pandemic, all guidelines outlined in the Community Care Compact must continue to be followed.
  • Dining Hall: Breakfast, 7-8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Dinner, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

And while we are hoping to be able to open the Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, it will remain closed until we are able to assess the road and walkway conditions tomorrow morning. A separate message about the Schumo Center will be sent tomorrow when a decision is made.

As the winter progresses, please remember that updates regarding late openings and closings will be sent via e2campus and email, and may also be found on the Albright website. When visiting the website, please be sure to refresh your browser to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

It’s going to be a cold and snowy few days. Please stay safe and remember to reach out and say thank you to our hand-working facilities and grounds crews who will be working round the clock to make sure our campus is clear from snow and ice; to our public safety team for weathering the storm to keep our community safe; and to the Aramark team for providing food for our students in the dining hall.

Enjoy the snow!

Good morning, Albrightians –

Based on current road conditions, travel restrictions from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation, and the safety of our community, all administrative offices will be closed today, Thursday, Dec. 17. The Albright Early Learning Center will also be closed. In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

As mentioned Tuesday evening, for all those who are currently working remotely due to the pandemic, if you are able to work today and you wish to do so, please do. Our two-week holiday break is coming up and today might be a great time to catch up on work that needs to be completed before the break. Or, if you wish to take a snow day, you may do so. If you take a snow day, please be aware that some of your colleagues may be working. You are encouraged to be responsive to other team members who might require your assistance, particularly if it is a time sensitive matter since we will only have one more work day before the break.

Many thanks to our hardworking facilities and grounds crews who have been working round the clock since the snowstorm started to make sure our campus is clear from snow and ice, and to our public safety team for weathering this storm to keep our community safe.

As the winter progresses, please remember that updates regarding late openings and closings will be sent via e2campus and email, and may also be found on the Albright website. When visiting the website, please be sure to refresh your browser to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

If you have not already checked to make sure your e2campus account is up to date, please take a few minutes to login and check your e2campus account settings. Personal accounts expire every few years, and carrier changes (even if you keep your phone number) can stop or delay your emergency notifications.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy, and enjoy the snow!

Good evening, Albrightians –

I hope you are all healthy and well. It seems that winter weather is upon us. As you are probably aware, a significant snowstorm is predicted to begin midday tomorrow and last through Thursday. Though the college is not currently in academic session and the majority of our community members are already working remotely due to the pandemic, it has been decided, out of an abundance of caution, that all administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 16.

In accordance with the college’s Weather Policy, all essential weather personnel are required to report to work as scheduled, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor. For all those who are currently working remotely, if you are able to work and you wish to do so, please do. And, if you wish to take a snow day, you may do so. If you take a snow day, please be aware that some of your colleagues may be working. You are encouraged to be responsive to other team members who might require your assistance, particularly if it is a time sensitive matter since our two-week winter break is just around the corner.

As the winter progresses, please remember that updates regarding late openings and closings will be sent via e2campus and email, and may also be found on the Albright website. When visiting the website, please be sure to refresh your browser to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.

If you have not already checked to make sure your e2campus account is up to date, please take a few minutes to login and check your e2campus account settings. Personal accounts expire every few years, and carrier changes (even if you keep your phone number) can stop or delay your emergency notifications.

The Weather Response Team will continually monitor the storm once it begins and will reconvene tomorrow afternoon to discuss plans for Thursday. We will be back in touch with you by tomorrow evening regarding Thursday’s status.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy, and enjoy the snow!


Albright College Inclement Weather or Emergency Closing

What Things Mean

College Opening Late. When Albright designates a late opening time (such as 9:30 or 10 a.m.), classes beginning before the designated time are canceled.

Day Classes Canceled. All classes on the main campus normally scheduled from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. are canceled, and administrative offices are closed. Designated key emergency personnel should report to work. Please note: Because of changing conditions, evening classes may be held even when day classes have been cancelled.

Evening Classes Canceled. All classes on the main campus normally scheduled from 5 p.m. and after are canceled. (See also SPS info below.)

Activities, athletic events or individual facilities may be canceled or closed even when the college is open. Individual events may take place even when classes are canceled.

Status may change: For example, a one-hour delay may later change to a two-hour or longer delay or change to a closing. Late-afternoon and evening classes may be cancelled even if the college has been open all day.

Faculty and Staff: Key emergency personnel must report even when classes are canceled. For complete information on reporting, see the Albright College weather policy on the Albright intranet or in the Employee Handbook.

School of Professional Studies (SPS) locations: Check the Albright website for continuously updated information about closings in all SPS locations: https://www.albright.edu/emergency-closing-information/


How to Find Out What’s Happening

e2Campus text messages, the Albright website, and college email, are the first places where information is posted and updated. Information is also posted to Facebook and Twitter as it becomes available.

  • e2Campus text message: A brief text message from the emergency text messaging system e2Campus will provide status updates. Sign up or login here, and keep your cell phone on.
  • Albright website: Top-level information is posted on the home page; more detailed info is at https://www.albright.edu/emergency-closing-information/

Albright College weather-related policies: