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Inclement Weather

Weather Alerts

Students: Please be sure to communicate with your instructor regarding their expectations on if or how school closings or cancellations may affect assignment deadlines or due dates.

Weather

If it becomes necessary to cancel, delay or dismiss classes and activities due to the weather and/or an emergency, you may contact the College’s Alert/Inclement Weather Line, 508.854.4545, or visit www.QCC.edu/alerts/inclement-weather for information.

Please note that it may take some time for notifications to propagate through the various systems that the college uses to communicate cancellations or other emergency alerts. The priority of Cancellation Notifications is:

  1. QCC's Alert/Inclement Weather Line (508.854.4545)
  2. QCC Mobile App (Search "QCC Mobile" in your app store.)
  3. QCC Alerts Text Message (Log in to The Q; sign up at the "My QCC Alert" Link.)
  4. QCC.edu/Alerts
  5. QCC Family Alert Email to Faculty and Staff
  6. Radio Stations
  7. Television Stations

If classes and activities are cancelled, only assigned non-unit professional staff and those classified staff designated as “essential personnel” must report to work. (QCC Employees--See your supervisor with questions.) 

The decision to cancel, delay, or dismiss classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding: the operational status of the campus – including heat, electricity, and/or snow removal; as well as the accessibility of the campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and if it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

Timing of Decisions

Day Classes & Activities (Mon – Sun): Decisions to cancel or delay day classes and activities will be made and conveyed to radio and television stations at the earliest possible time, but no later than 5:30 a.m. of the day in question. Decisions for early dismissal will happen based on the best information and timing available, given the circumstances. Please Note: Day classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m.

Evening Classes & Activities (Mon – Fri): Decisions to cancel or delay evening classes and activities will be made as early as possible, but no later than 2:30 p.m. of the day in question. Decisions for early dismissal will happen based on the best information and timing available, given the circumstances. Please Note: Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

Day classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m.
Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

The decision to cancel, delay, or dismiss classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding the operational status of the campus – including heat, electricity, and/or snow removal; and the accessibility of the campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and if it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

QCC's locations are as follows:

  • MAIN - QCC West Boylston Street Campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester MA 01606
  • QSB - QCC at Southbridge, 132 Torrey Rd, Southbridge, MA 01550
  • D - QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • CWDCE - QCC Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • SRCT - QCC at Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604
  • BURN - QCC at Burncoat, 179 Burncoat Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • ASSA - QCC at Assabet, 215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA 01752
  • QCC at Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA 01605

In some cases, the beginning of day classes and activities may be delayed to begin at the time indicated in the announcement. Please note that some radio or TV stations do not allow posting of a specific opening time (e.g. The College will open at 10:30 a.m.). They require delays to be posted in hours (e.g. a 2-hour delay). For these instances, the College’s general business hours of 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. will be utilized. Therefore, a 2-hour delay means the College is opening at 10 a.m. For specific opening times, visit www.QCC.edu/inclement-weather, call QCC's Alert/Inclement Weather Line at 508.854.4545. Inclement weather alerts are also posted to QCC’s Mobile App, sent via QCC Alerts Text Message, or the QCC Family Alert Email to Faculty and Staff.

All staff, except “essential personnel” who may already be at work, should report to work at the delayed start time. The decision to cancel or delay classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding: The operational status of the Campus – including heat, light and snow removal; and the accessibility of the Campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and if it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

For information regarding cancellations or delays, call the College’s Alert/Inclement Weather Line, 508.854.4545, or visit www.QCC.edu/inclement-weather for information.

Day Classes & Activities (Mon – Sun): The decision regarding day classes and activities will be made and conveyed to radio and television stations at the earliest possible time, but no later than 5:30 a.m. of the day in question. Please Note: Day classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m.

Evening Classes & Activities (Mon – Fri): The decision regarding evening classes and activities will be made as early as possible, but no later than 2:30 p.m. of the day in question. Please Note: Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

The decision to cancel or delay classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding: The operational status of the Campus – including heat, electricity, and/or snow removal; and the accessibility of the Campus – including the availability of public transportation and street conditions in the City of Worcester. Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area and, therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students must ultimately determine if they are able to attend classes and it is safe to do so. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding making up missed work.

Inclement weather cancellations are reported on the following radio and TV stations, as applicable. Please note that some radio or TV stations do not allow posting of a specific opening time (e.g. The College will open at 10:30 a.m.). They require delays to be posted in hours (e.g. a 2-hour delay). For these instances, the College’s general business hours of 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. will be utilized. Therefore, a 2-hour delay means the College is opening at 10 a.m. For specific opening times, visit www.QCC.edu/inclement-weather, call QCC's Alert/Inclement Weather Line at 508.854.4545. Inclement weather alerts are also posted to QCC’sMobile App, sent via QCC Alerts Text Message, or the QCC Family Alert Email to Faculty and Staff. 

Radio

  • WBZ (AM 1030)

TV

  • WBZ (Ch. 4)
  • WHDH (Ch. 7)

Please do not call the radio and television stations OR the College’s main number to find out about inclement weather closings or cancellations. Visit www.QCC.edu/inclement-weather or call the QCC Weather Line at 508.854.4545.

Day Classes and activities include classes and activities starting before 4:00 p.m. Evening classes and activities include classes and activities starting at 4:00 p.m. or later.

The QCC Satellite Locations either follow the cancellation schedule of the West Boylston Street campus, ​MAIN - QCC West Boylston Street Campus, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606 or the cancellation policies of the institutions in which they are housed.

The QCC Satellite Locations that follow the cancellation policies of the West Boylston Street Campus are:

  • D - QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • CWDCE - QCC Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, MA 01608
  • SRCT - QCC at Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604
  • QCC Dental Clinic, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606

The following QCC Satellite Locations follow the cancelation policies of those institutions:

  • BURN - QCC at Burncoat, 179 Burncoat Street, Worcester, MA 01606
  • ASSA - QCC at Assabet, 215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, MA 01752
  • QSB - QCC at Southbridge, 132 Torrey Rd, Southbridge, MA 01550
  • QCC at Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA 01605

Many of Quinsigamond Community College’s academic programs and/or certificates require students to participate in experiential learning; e.g., clinical, practicum, etc. Since many of these external sites remain open during inclement weather conditions, students should anticipate that they might be expected to report to an external site even if the College closes as a result of inclement weather. At the beginning of each semester, Faculty Program Coordinators will inform students within their programs of the procedures they are expected to follow during inclement weather.

​Please see below for information regarding inclement weather announcements. 

Weather Line: 508.854.4545

QCC's West Boylston Street Campus, QCC at Southbridge, QCC Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, QCC Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, QCC Dental Clinic, and QCC at the Worcester Senior Center follow the Weather Alerts posted below.

Information on QCC's satellite locations can be found at the following links: