JIBC’s ability to conduct scheduled courses and programs while not jeopardizing the safety of staff, students and visitors is the primary consideration when deciding whether or not a campus should be open or closed as a result of adverse weather conditions.
Following and during adverse weather conditions, (e.g. considerable snowfall, low temperatures.) The Director, Campus Planning & Facilities Operations, or designate will conduct a risk assessment as to whether it is safe to open the campus or if occurring during operating hours, if the campus should close. The Director, Campus Planning & Facilities Operations will collect available information from Facilities Division management staff including reports from on-site staff, Campus Security, grounds contractors, current and forecasted weather conditions, the status of public transit and road conditions, and any other relevant information.
Based on the information gathered, a recommendation will be made whether or not the adverse weather related conditions or related hazards should result in the closure of the campus. The Director, Campus Planning & Facilities Operations or designate will be responsible for making the recommendation to close a campus to the President or designate. (Note: Decisions to close each campus may be made separately and may affect each campus differently.)
Once the President or designate has approved the closure of a campus, notifications will be carried out as follows:
NOTE: During the campus closure process, designated Required Services Personnel are expected to attend to work, or remain at work, provided it is safe for them to do so and a safe environment exists.
NOTE: The City of New Westminster has an emergency ‘radio station’ which City of New Westminster personnel will utilize to broadcast information about a major negative event in the city: CHNW “Community Help New Westminster” 88.7 FM.
Once a campus closure is announced, employees shall carry out internal closure procedures specific to their schools and divisions. At the direction of the Senior Manager, Facilities, Campus Security will secure the campus.
Last updated February 15, 2019
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