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Revised October 2015

School Closure Report


Only closures are announced. (Broadcast media do not accept “we’re open” messages because they create confusion.) 

Don’t call Security; they are not in the closure decision loop and do not have road information.


  • Day classes/offices – conditions permitting, decision announced by 5 a.m.
  • Evening classes/offices – conditions permitting, decision announced by 2 p.m.
  • Saturdays – Campus decisions and announcements will be made if students and staff are on campus for classes or workshops.
  • Sundays – Colleges will make individual determinations for any campus activity.
  • Weekends during break periods as listed on the District Instructional Calendar - Colleges will make individual determinations for any campus activity.

single campus closures:  Each campus will make its own decision and announcement for closure due to weather-related emergencies such as snow, or in situations that affect only one campus (such as power outage, fire). The decision will be communicated to the chancellor or designate.

district-wide closures:  In event of widespread or catastrophic emergency, a decision and announcement will be the same for all campuses and offices of the district, following discussion by the college presidents and chancellor (or their designees), or by the Emergency Communications Committee, as called for in the district-wide emergency communications plan.


  • after hours, night custodians monitor weather conditions on campus. Custodial Supervisor [Jim Singleton] advises South President [Gary Oertli] or designate about campus conditions.
  • south President contacts
    a) South Public Information Office [Candace Oehler].
    b) Other appropriate personnel to make arrangements for critical personnel in security, engineering, and other
        areas that must be staffed during emergency campus closure.
  • public Information Office
    a)    Posts messages on and campus phone message.
    b)    Contacts Web Manager [Jason Gruenwald] to post messages on college website and Campus Alerts.
    c)    Contacts South’s Child Care Center [Lisa Sever].

 note: In a power outage, the campus phone system will operate only for about 30 minutes of backup power, and
            our web site could be impacted.

  • campus divisions, offices, faculty and staff should change their personal recorded telephone greeting to reflect closure information.  This can be done from home by dialing (206) 587-6999, entering your extension, password, then pressing 3 and following the instructions for changing your personal greeting.
  • if the campus is open, but you are unable to get here, notify your department.  Call or leave a message on your department’s main phone line, not on a support staff member or administrator’s personal line.  If your message is left on a main line, anyone who makes it to campus can retrieve the message. 
  • as your own status or the campus status changes, please update your personal voice mail message immediately, so that students and staff are able to get the most current information. Don’t rely solely on your department’s support staff to be able to relay your status to students. 
  • for contracted events at South (e.g., a meeting in the Brockey Center/Georgetown Campus) alternate closure action may be necessary.  For example, if meeting participants are able to reach the campus and wish to continue their meeting, that event location on the campus may need to remain open.  Decisions about specific building opening/closing and staffing in these situations will be made by the President or designate and senior staff involved.

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[updated 11-5-15]


The campus currently cooperates with the following Joint Apprenticeship Committees to provide courses for apprentices and journey workers: 2017-2018 Apprentice Related Training Programs.

For more information about apprenticeship training visit the Labor and Industry Web site

Apprentices can also pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Transfer Degree (AAS-T) which offer two pathways to college degrees. The AAS is a degree in Multi-Occupational Trades and, at certain colleges, the AAS-T will transfer into baccalaureate degree programs. With the completion of only a few classes outside of their apprenticeship trainings, apprentices will receive an AAS or AAS-T degree. The AAS-T degree allows students to transfer to any Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree at the Seattle Colleges, or any of the many colleges that have articulation agreements with South Seattle College.

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