Inclement Weather and Emergency Information

Not sure if school is in session because of poor weather? The college will make a decision about delaying or canceling classes based on weather forecasts, campus conditions and the conditions of the roads around our campuses. Once a decision has been made, the college community will be notified as quickly as possible, most likely before 5:30 a.m.

Safety is important during inclement weather conditions. If employees or students determine that it is not safe for them to travel while the college is open, please notify your instructor or supervisor as soon as feasible to make arrangements and/or for proper approvals.

Students and employees may access the most up-to-date weather information on delayed starts, campus closures or early dismissals in the following manners:

  • Phone, 253.680.7060

The most reliable source of information, the Weather Information Hotline (253.680.7060) is the first source that is updated any time a closure or delay happens. Whenever possible, the weather hotline is updated by 5:30 a.m. with current information and by 4 p.m. for evening classes.

Rave Alert is Bates Technical College’s official emergency notification system used to communicate with students and employees during events that affect college operations, including campus emergencies and inclement weather.

Students and staff with Bates-issued email addresses are automatically enrolled. Sign up for text messages sent to your mobile phone. 

Read more about how to opt in to RaveAlert.

  • Broadcast email to students and employees

Check your college email to find out how inclement weather will impact your day.

  • Media outlets

Please check local TV, newspapers and radio stations for updates. We use FlashAlert to post regular updates to local media outlets.

Know before you go!

  • Pierce Transit Snow Routes 

If you take public transit to school, be sure to check the Pierce Transit website at to see if they are operating on snow routes.

Bates Technical College offers classes in multiple formats. Lectures are remote and labs are on campus with reduced size, using strict safety precautions. We aim to provide a complete educational experience while prioritizing the safety of all students and employees. Learn how we keep students and employees healthy and safe on our COVID-19 resource page.