At certain times the opening of the college may be delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions or other uncontrollable circumstances. The decision to alter the published schedule, cancel classes, or close the College is based upon the condition of the campus roads, parking lots, walkways, and the prevailing highway and road conditions. When such conditions appear or are anticipated, it is the responsibility of the President or a designated representative to make decisions to delay classes, to cancel classes, or to close the College. In the event threatening weather occurs after employees and students have arrived at the College, employees and students will be directed to a place of safety within campus buildings or may be advised to leave the campus.
In the event of class delays, cancellations, or College closing, the administration will provide appropriate makeup opportunities for lost class times for students, or in the event of extended loss of class time, recommend changes in the College’s academic calendar to provide makeup days for consideration and adoption of the Board. Announcements regarding closing or delaying classes are typically made prior to 6:00 a.m. for day classes and before 2:00 p.m. for evening classes unless sudden deterioration in weather conditions necessitate even later notice.
If the College announces it will delay opening until a certain time, then all class time scheduled after the delayed opening will be held as scheduled. For example, if the College announces that opening will be delayed until 9:00 a.m., then an 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. class will be cancelled in its entirety; and an 8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. class will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 9:50 a.m.; and a 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. class will be held as scheduled. The staff, in this example, would delay reporting for work until 9:00 a.m. Also, please remember that at times, rather than canceling all classes, only day classes (or only evening classes) will be canceled. Day classes are those classes that start before 5:00 p.m. Evening classes are those classes that start at 5:00 p.m. or later.
The delay or closing of the College will be announced on the automated attendant serving the main College telephone number (910) 592-8081. Closing information will be broadcast on local television and radio stations. The stations used by the College for inclement weather announcements are:
- WRAL FM 101.5
WRAL TV Channel 5
WECT TV Channel 6
WTVD TV Channel 11
SCC TV Starvision Channel 14
The Sampson County Superintendent may close or delay classes for the SECHS at such other times as necessary. Because these delays or closings are based upon the perception of the safety of bus operations throughout the county, these announcements do not apply to College operations.