Inclement Weather Closures
Want to find out if RTC is closed due to inclement weather?
Information will be posted by 5:15am. Evening class decisions will
be posted by 3:15pm. Check any of the following places for the
Sign up for Rave Alert - Renton Technical College's emergency notification system
- for text messages sent to your mobile phone.
Call the college at 425-235-2352 and press 9 for the latest operating
The following stations are recommended and should have information
about Renton Technical College scrolling on the bottom of the screen:
- KOMO TV 4
- KING TV 5
- KIRO TV 7
- KCPQ TV 13
Running closure information is a voluntary system
for radio stations. We recommend that you have a radio tuned into one of
the following stations, but not to rely on receiving information solely
from this source:
- KBKS 106.1 FM
- KGRG 89.9 FM
- KOMO 97.9 FM
- KIRO 97.3 FM
- KMPS 94.1 FM
- KPLZ 101.5 FM
- KZOK 102.5 FM
- KIXI 880 AM
- KGRG 1130 AM
- KOMO 1000 AM
- KFNQ 1090 AM
- KPLU 88.5 FM
- KUOW 94.9 FM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- When will a decision be made to close the College?
- Why doesn’t the College close when snow is forecast?
- How do I find out that the College is closed?
- How do I know my class will be held? Will my instructor be
- If the local schools are closed, why isn’t the College?
- I take an RTC class at a local school. How do I know when
my class is cancelled?
- Why were my classes cancelled when there was practically no
snow at all?
- What will happen if I do not attend class because I decide
it is too dangerous for me to come?
- May I bring my child with me to campus when the schools are closed?
1. When will a decision be made to close the
If snow or ice develops overnight, a decision to close the College
will be announced before 5:30 a.m. If no announcement has been made by
then, you can expect the College to open on time.
During the school day, an announcement will be made when decision
makers determine that campus roads and parking lots or major highways
are or will soon be too dangerous for students and employees to drive
on. Decision makers expect drivers to be able to negotiate snowy
conditions, but decide to close because accumulations are building or
serious icing is taking place on and around the campuses. A decision to
close will be announced immediately once it has been made, and will be
communicated with as much notice as changing conditions permit.
2. Why doesn’t the College close when snow
Renton Technical College sits at a weather transition point at which
forecasting is very difficult. Forecasters frequently hedge their bets
about the likelihood of bad weather, and when they don’t, they are often
wrong. RTC closes when the weather emergency is at hand, and not before.
We believe class time is precious and we should cancel classes only when
it is necessary.
3. How do I find out that the College is
The various options are described at the top of this page for where you can check on RTC closure information:
Television | Internet |
Phone | Radio
4. How do I know my class will be held? Will
my instructor be there?
If an instructor cannot get to campus because of bad weather, he or
she must notify their respective dean. The instructor or the division
will try to contact students via e-mail, so keep an eye on
that. Instructors should give their students information in their
syllabi about inclement weather policies and procedures for their
classes. If not available in the syllabi ask your instructor.
5. If the local schools are closed, why
isn’t the College?
Unlike public schools, Renton Technical College does not operate a
school bus system and uses different criteria to decide that it is
appropriate to close. RTC closes only when its own roads, parking lots,
the main highways, or the roads immediately around the campuses are too
dangerous to negotiate safely. Thus, RTC may be open when other
local schools are closed.
6. I take an RTC class at a local school.
How do I know when my class is cancelled?
If the College closes, classes at off-campus locations, such as local
schools, are also cancelled. If the College remains open but the local school
has closed, the RTC class is cancelled for that day.
7. Why were my classes cancelled when there
was practically no snow at all?
When the weather makes the main campus too dangerous to keep open,
RTC will closes all of its off campus locations, regardless of what the
conditions are at the other locations. We serve a large geographic area,
and it can be quite safe to drive in one place, but not in another.
Media announcements must be clear and precise. Making individual campus
announcements is likely to be confusing. In addition, students and staff
often must travel from one side of our service area to another to come
to campus, so bad roads in one region can keep people from getting to
other campuses safely.
8. What will happen if I do not attend class
because I decide it is too dangerous for me to come?
We realize that a general decision for the college cannot account for
the individual circumstances of all students. Use your good judgment and
be prompt in communicating your situation to your instructor.
9. May I bring my child with me to campus
when the schools are closed?
No. The College has no childcare facilities, and children are
often disruptive in the classroom or in the work place.