Inclement Weather/State of Emergency Policies

 

Inclement weather classroom policy reminder:  

Please remember that if DCC announces a delay or closing because of inclement weather, it applies to all locations where classes are held. In the case of a delay, classes should meet if there is a minimum of 30 minutes of instructional time available after the opening of classes. For example, if classes were to begin at 10 a.m. because of inclement weather, those in a 9:00 a.m. -10:50 a.m. class would be expected to attend at 10 a.m.  (Nursing students in clinicals should follow the instructions of the clinical instructor.)

Additionally, in the case of inclement weather, students should make their own determination whether to attempt to travel to class based on the road conditions in their own area. Students will not be penalized for missing class under this circumstance, although they are responsible for the work missed and are expected to make it up in a reasonable time as determined by the instructor.

Dutchess Community College rarely cancels classes due to snow. The cancellation of classes does not necessarily mean that all offices are closed. The County Executive is responsible for making decisions regarding the County workforce and the closing of offices.

In the event weather conditions occur which are not bad enough to declare a State of Emergency but which could pose a threat and danger to County employees, the County will implement the Inclement Weather Policy and allow non-emergency employees to be dismissed. Dismissal of College employees MUST be approved by the Department Head (COLLEGE PRESIDENT) at the direction of the County Executive. Employees who request to be dismissed or who arrive late to work are able to either make up the time within the succeeding three weeks or use accrued vacation, personal or compensatory time. Employees who have used either sick time or prescheduled benefit time may not make up the time. Employees who remain at work and emergency employees shall receive normal compensation. Certain employees may be required to remain at work to maintain coverage in the department.

In extreme cases, the County Executive may declare a State of Emergency. Under such circumstances, it is County policy to treat all employees in a fair and equitable manner in accordance with the following rules:

  1. Employees should listen to local radio stations to determine if a State of Emergency has been declared in Dutchess County.

  2. If a State of Emergency is declared with at least two hours notice prior to the start of a work shift, only emergency personnel are required to work; they are the only employees who should report to work. Grounds, Housekeeping and Switchboard personnel, and all Building Maintenance Mechanics are considered emergency personnel. (The main purpose of this is to keep employees and vehicles off and away from any and all public access routes within the emergency area, especially in the event of snow clearance.)

    If such emergency is declared with at least two hours notice prior to the start of a work shift, employees must make up the time or use accrued benefit time (see #’s 5 and 6).

  3. If such emergency is declared during the work day, employees dismissed will be sent home and paid the balance of the work shift.

  4. Emergency personnel who are required to stay on duty during the emergency period shall receive normal compensation.

  5. Employees who lose time as a result of a State of Emergency declaration may make up the time in that week and in the succeeding three weeks in accordance with Section 206 of County Law, provided that customary work within title is available. Employees who have used either sick time or prescheduled benefit time may not make up the time.

  6. Employees who lose time as a result of a State of Emergency declaration may elect to use accrued vacation, personal or compensatory time.