Emergency Closing Notification Procedures

“Emergency closing” refers to any event, weather or otherwise, that would require the College to close. The decision to close is made by the College President or designated representative.

The College will make the emergency closing decision independent of other schools and agencies. However, the College is required to follow statewide schedule changes made by the Governor.

Things to remember:

  • The College will make every effort to publish announcements by 6:00 AM, or as soon as possible if the college day is already underway.
  • If information has not been posted, we are operating on a regular schedule.
  • Do not assume that if the public schools are closed the College will also be closed.
  • When a public school is closed, all dual enrollment Piedmont Technical College classes held at that public school location are canceled.
  • Please note: Due to time constraints, the College will not respond to individual comments and questions regarding delay and closing status.

In the case of inclement weather, regardless of the College remaining open, all students and employees should use good judgment as to whether or not it is safe to travel. The College will make every attempt to accommodate students who experience legitimate difficulties getting to campus due to inclement weather.
 

Key to Closing Announcements:

Closing announcements will be made in the following formats. Be sure to read the details below to understand what each announcement means.

Piedmont Technical College is closed.

  • The college is closed and employees should not report to work.
  • There will also be additional reference to day and/or evening classes. In the event that day classes are cancelled, faculty and students will need to check back for an update on evening class status.
    • “Day classes” refers to all classes that begin before 5:00 PM.
    • “Evening classes” refers to all classes that begin at or after 5:00 PM.
  •  For clarity, there will be an additional reference to which college locations are closed.

Piedmont Technical College will open at ##:## AM or PM. Employees report by ## AM or ## PM.

  • Students report to all classes that would be currently in session, begin at, or begin after the designated time.
  • College employees should arrive at the designated opening time.
  • For clarity, there will be an additional reference to which college locations are closed.

Piedmont Technical College will close at ##:## AM or PM.

  • All classes that begin at or after the specified time are canceled.
  • All classes that are in session at the specified time will end at that specified time. College offices will close at the specified time.
  • For clarity, there will be an additional reference to which college locations are closed.

Piedmont Technical College classes are cancelled. Employees report to work by ## AM or ## PM.

  • The college is closed to students, but employees should report to work.
  • There will also be additional reference to day and/or evening classes. In the event that day classes are canceled, faculty and students will need to check back for an update on evening class status.
    • “Day classes” refers to all classes that begin before 5:00 PM.
    • “Evening classes” refers to all classes that begin at or after 5:00 PM.
  • For clarity, there will be an additional reference to which college locations are closed.

 

Notification Procedures

PTC publishes closing and delay announcements in several ways. Once decisions are made, announcements are published immediately to the channels listed below.

PTC Alert System:
Notice will be sent through the PTC Alert system to the student and faculty/staff email addresses on file, and a text message will be sent to cell phones on file. Please ensure your information is up to date.

Students: you may submit a “Change of Information” form to the Student Records office if your phone number or email address has changed. While we strongly recommend you remain in this system, you may opt-out if you so choose on the “Home” tab of PTC Pathway.

PTC Home Page:
Notice will be placed on the home page. Be sure to refresh your browser for up-to-date information.

Social Media:
Notice will be posted on the PTC Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Telephone:
A recorded message will be placed on the main line at the Greenwood Campus, and at each County Campus location.

Media:

  • WRDW – Channel 12 - Augusta
  • WAGT – Channel 26 - Augusta
  • WJBF – Channel 6 - Augusta
  • WLOS-TV13 & WB40 - Asheville
  • WIS – Channel 10 Columbia
  • WYFF4 – Channel 4
  • WSPA Channel 7/WYCW Carolinas CW62 – Spartanburg
  • WHNS – FOX21
     
  • GoLaurens
  • GoClinton
  • Index Journal
  • Greenwood Today
     
  • WLBG – 860 AM
  • WZSN – Sunny 103.5 FM
  • WCZZ – 1090 AM
  • WCRS – 1450 AM
  • WJMZ/WHZT – 107.3 / 98.1 FM
  • WRIX – 103.1 FM
  • WLFJ – 89.3 FM
  • WZLA – 92.9 FM
  • WFBC – 93.7 FM
  • WBBQ – 104.3 FM
  • WKSX – 92.7 FM
  • WKDK – 1240 AM
  • WSSL – 100.5 FM
  • WESC – 92.5 FM