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  • Office of Emergency Management

If the College is closed for any reason, a text alert will be sent to cell phones registered with NOVA Alert and a notice will be posted on the home page of the College’s website. In addition, a message will appear on our cable television station (channel 19, 25, 37 or 59 – check your local listing). A message will also appear on local radio and TV stations (see the list below). Individuals may also call the College Call Center at 703.323.3000 or in Prince William County 703.330.3770. Do not call individual offices. The home page of the College’s website will always have the most reliable and up-to-date information about weather closures.

NOTE: Closing Procedure for Faculty and Staff
In the Fall of 2013, the College adopted a new closing procedure for faculty and staff. If the College closes early due to inclement weather, students, faculty and staff will be provided with specific times they can leave. This will help to ensure a safe and orderly departure from building and campuses. Here's an example of a message you may see:

NOVA classes and activities will end for students at X:XX p.m. due to inclement weather. Faculty and administrative will close at X:XX p.m. The College will provide updates, if needed, via NOVA Alert and or the website.

College Closing Policy for Workforce Development Students

Please do not contact Police Dispatch for closing information.

If inclement weather forces the cancellation of classes or requires a delay in the opening of the College, announcements will be made on these local radio and TV stations:



WAMU 88.5

WRC Channel 4

WFLS 93.3

WTTG Channel 5

WASH 97.1

WJLA Channel 7

WITH 99.5

WUSA Channel 9

WTOP 103.5

NOVA-TV Channel 19, 25, 37 or 59 (check the local cable listing for your area)

WRQX 107.3

This is how to interpret closing announcements you hear in the media:

Northern Virginia Community College is closed. - The College will be closed until classes begin on the following morning. When this announcement is made, it means no day or evening classes will be held.

Northern Virginia Community College will open X hour(s) late. - The College’s official opening time is 8 a.m. Delay example: A two-hour delay means that the College will open at 10 a.m. Classes that begin at 10 a.m. or later 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 noon. The College will open at noon and classes beginning at noon or later 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. Classes that begin at 4:30 p.m. or later 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 4:30 p.m. or later. 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 an opening time and continued at least 45 minutes after the opening time will go on at the opening time. For example, in the case of a two hour delay, a three-hour class that normally begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues to 12:30 p.m. would start at 10 a.m. and continue as usual until 12:30 p.m.

If weather conditions cause the College to close -- it includes all NOVA campuses and off-campus locations.

The College makes its closing announcements as quickly as possible. 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.