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College Spokeswoman Explains How ‘Snow Closing’ Decision Is Made

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 wrestles with school closings and delays during any weather event. Kids wait to find out if they’ll go to school. Students in college also play the waiting game. College leaders feel the pressure too.

“It’s a lot of pressure because, again, we would much rather err on the side of caution,” said Calhoun Community College Spokeswoman Janet Martin.

Martin works with the school’s president and vice president when figuring out if the campuses should close.

Martin wants everyone to know it’s not an easy ‘yes or no’ question.

Martin adds, “We monitor the weather very closely. We consider we have multiple campuses.”

Calhoun students are spread across one location in Huntsville and two in Decatur.

Martin has to think of students and employees who travel from all over Alabama and parts of Tennessee.

“Not only do we have to consider what’s happening on campus, we have to consider the fact our students and faculty are traveling. Sometimes they will be en route to class,” added Martin.

Martin also has to consider what’s happening at one campus might not be happening at another.

“We make decisions whenever it is appropriate. Sometimes, it is during the day when weather conditions may change. Sometimes, they are at 9 o’clock at night,” added Martin.

Martin says they also think about what local schools do, because many of Calhoun’s students have children.