In case of inclement weather, the College will announce its plans to close or to delay opening through the following news media:
AM RADIO STATIONS
FM RADIO STATIONS
WRC Channel 4
WTTG Channel 5
WJLA Channel 7
WUSA Channel 9
NVCC-TV Channel 19, 25, 37, or 59 (Check local cable listing for your area.)
In addition, the College will place a message on the College web site and on the College TV station if there will be a change from normal operating hours.
Individuals can check for weather announcements by calling the College Call Center at 703-323-3000 or by calling NovaConnect at 703-323-3770 or in Prince William County 703-330-3770. You may also register on NOVA Alert at http://www.nvcc.edu/emergency to receive a text message. Another way to be notified is to receive alerts from your favorite social networking sites. Please see Connect with NOVA – Social Media http://www.nvcc.edu/about-nova/connect-nova/index.html for more information.
This is how to interpret closing announcements you hear on the media:
“Northern Virginia Community College is closed:” The College will be closed until classes begin on the following morning. When this simple announcement is made, it means that no day or evening classes will be held.
“Northern Virginia Community College will open X hours late:” For the purpose of delayed opening announcements, the College’s official opening time is 8 a.m. For example, a two-hour delay means that the College will open at 10 a.m. Classes that begin at 10 a.m. or after will be held as usual. College employees should arrive at the College by 10 a.m. Supervisors of employees who work special shifts should make clear how delayed openings affect attendance expectations. To avoid confusion, we try to provide the actual time of opening.
“Morning classes at Northern Virginia Community College are canceled:” The College will be closed until 12 noon. The College will open at noon and classes beginning at noon or after will be held as usual. College employees should arrive at the College by noon.
“Day classes at Northern Virginia Community College are canceled:” Day classes are those classes that begin before 4:30 p.m. The College will open and classes that begin at 4:30 p.m. or after will be held as usual. Employees whose normal work schedules extend beyond 6 p.m. should report to work by 4:30 p.m.
“Evening classes at Northern Virginia Community College are canceled:” Evening classes are those classes that begin at or after 4:30 p.m. The College will close at 4:30 p.m. and no further classes will be held until the next morning.
Please note that in all cases of delayed openings, classes that would have started prior to the opening time, but then would have continued at least 45 minutes after the opening time will go on, beginning at the opening time. For example, a three-hour class that normally begins at 9:30 am and continues to 12:30 pm would start at 10:00 am and continue as usual until 12:30 pm in the case of a two hour delay.
If weather conditions cause the College to close, all NOVA campuses and off-campus locations will also be closed.
The College makes its closing announcements as quickly as it can. During the workday, please do not call to ask whether the College will be closing. If the decision is to close, everyone will be notified. Responding to telephone calls prevents staff from receiving information from police and weather services and often slows down the closing decision.