Inclement Weather Policy

When bad weather strikes, the College may operate on a snow schedule or may cancel classes. On those days when classes are cancelled, the College will be officially closed and only essential personnel will report for work.

Information about schedule changes will be available from a variety of sources, listed below for your convenience.

  • Sign up for a text alert. Sign up for the UVA Wise Emergency Alert system to receive texts for emergencies and weather-related announcements.
  • Call the Snow Hotline. Call (276) 376-4SNO (4766) for updated schedule changes 24 hours a day.
  • Check the UVA Wise website. An announcement will be posted on the homepage by 6:30 a.m.
  • Listen to the radio. Local radio stations WAXM, WDIC, WIFX, WTFM, WQUT, WSWV, and WXBQ will announce schedule changes.
  • Watch TV stations. Local television stations WCYB, WJHL/WKPT, WYMT and WVVA will announce schedule changes.

Snow Schedule

Given the variability of weather in our region, there will be occasions when classes will not be canceled although conditions in surrounding areas may make travel hazardous. When weather conditions in the immediate area permit classes to be held, the College will be open on a snow schedule.

The approved snow schedule for classes is as follows.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Classes

  • Block I: 8:00-8:50 (Regular Schedule). 9:30-10:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block II: 9:00-9:50 (Regular Schedule). 10:30-11:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block III: 10:00-10:50 (Regular Schedule). 11:30-12:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block IV: 11:00-11:50 (Regular Schedule). 12:30-1:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block V: 12:00-12:50 (Regular Schedule). 1:30-2:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Conv: 1:00-1:50 (Regular Schedule). Canceled (Snow Schedule)
  • Block VI: 2:00-2:50 (Regular Schedule). 2:30-3:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block VII: 3:00-3:50 (Regular Schedule). 3:30-4:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block VIII: 4:00-4:50 (Regular Schedule). 4:30-5:20 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block IX: 5:00-5:50 (Regular Schedule). Canceled (Snow Schedule) *
  • Block X: 6:00-7:15 (Regular Schedule, M, W). 6:00-7:00 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XI. 7:30-8:45 (Regular Schedule, M, W). 7:00-8:00 (Snow Schedule)

    *Courses that begin at 5 p.m. and meet outside the block scheduling time periods (i.e. Monday, 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.) will be on a delay but will begin at the next scheduled block (6 p.m.)

Tuesday/Thursday Classes

  • Block XII. 8:00-9:15 (Regular Schedule). 9:30-10:30 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XIII. 9:30-10:45 (Regular Schedule). 10:45-11:45 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XIV. 11:00-12:15 (Regular Schedule). 12:00-1:00 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XV. 12:30-1:45 (Regular Schedule). 1:15-2:15 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XVI. 2:00-3:15 (Regular Schedule). 2:30-3:30 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XVII. 3:20-4:35 (Regular Schedule). 3:45-4:45 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XVIII. 4:40-5:55 (Regular Schedule). 5:00-6:00 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XIX. 6:00-7:15 (Regular Schedule). 6:00-7:00 (Snow Schedule)
  • Block XX. 7:30-8:45 (Regular Schedule). 7:00-8:00 (Snow Schedule)

Final Exam Schedule in Snow Delay

In the event of a schedule delay due to snow, the exam schedule will be advanced as indicated below.

  • 8:00-10:30 (Regular Exam Time). 9:30-12:00 (Snow Schedule)
  • 11:00-1:30 (Regular Exam Time). 12:30-3:00 (Snow Schedule)
  • 2:00-4:30 (Regular Exam Time). 3:30-6:00 (Snow Schedule)
  • Exams for evening classes scheduled at 5:00 will begin at 6:15.
  • Exams for evening classes scheduled at 6:00 will begin at 6:15.

Weather Policies

  • If classes are on a snow schedule on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, then the convocation period is canceled.
  • Tuesday and Thursday classes on a snow schedule are only 60 minutes in length.
  • Student safety is of the utmost importance. When the college is operating on a delayed schedule or during any other severe weather conditions such as flooding, commuter students who live outside the Town of Wise corporation limits should use their best judgment about whether it is safe to drive from their homes. These students should not be penalized for missing classes, and they should be extended the same opportunity to make up work as they would be in the case of a delayed schedule due to snow. Commuter students also should use their best judgment on whether to leave the College early on days when inclement weather strikes during the school day.
  • Commuter students who live outside the Town of Wise corporation limits who are unable to attend class because of inclement weather are allowed to make up missed academic work. Contact with the professor should occur immediately upon return to class. Residence Hall students and students living within the Town of Wise corporation limits are expected to attend classes when the College is operating on a snow schedule and will not be granted excused absences.