Douglas College > About Douglas > News and Media > Featured Stories > 2019 > February > Be prepared for winter weather
Douglas College serves a large and diverse geographic area. We make decisions based on the impacts to the largest portion of our population, but we understand this will never include every student or employee. It is the responsibility of each individual to make decisions about what is safe for them. If this means you are unable to travel to class, please notify your instructor as soon as possible.
Instructors have been requested to consider weather conditions when making decisions about attendance during winter weather. Ultimately, these decisions are the sole discretion of individual instructors.
The College takes all precautions to ensure our campuses are safe. We understand sidewalks can be treacherous when icy, so this year we’ve taken the step of meeting with our business neighbours to request they follow city bylaws (New West Bylaw and Coquitlam Bylaw) and clear the sidewalks outside their businesses in a timely fashion. If you feel sidewalk conditions are unsafe, please contact the appropriate city:
Douglas College continuously monitors the weather and makes decisions about operations of its campuses with the safety of students and employees as our primary consideration.
If weather takes a turn for the worse and a campus closure seems likely, Douglas will inform the College community prior to 6:30am for morning closures and 2:30pm for afternoon closures.
The College website homepage is the best source for up-to-date information. Information is also available from the College information line (toll-free 1 877 679 0823) and DC Alerts. DC Alerts subscribers get rapid campus closure updates sent via text, email and/or phone messages. Sign up for DC Alerts now.
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