Emergency Weather Closings

College Philosophy on Weather Closings

Fox Valley Technical College will strive to remain open to serve students. If the weather is threatening and buildings stay open, the choice to report for an in-person class is ultimately up to the student. Driving conditions may vary across the wide geographical region served by FVTC. Every effort will be made to help the student make up educational experiences lost due to severe weather conditions. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his or her instructor(s) to make up missed assignments.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When will decisions about the college closing be made? Who makes these decisions?

When severe weather conditions exist in the morning, the college will announce a campus closing by 6:00 a.m.

If the college is open and severe weather or other conditions develop during the day, the conditions will be evaluated and if possible, a decision regarding the cancellation of evening classes will be made by 3:00 p.m. for evening classes/activities.

The decision on campus closings will be made by the college president or his/her designee based on the advice of the director of facilities or his/her designee.

What about regional centers?

Generally speaking, a closure will apply to all campuses and regional centers/sites. If not, the notification will specifically state which sites are closing.

How will I be notified about the college closing?

In the event of a closure or cancellation, the following communication strategies will be enacted:

  • Notification will be sent by the LiveSafe alert system. Sign up for LiveSafe alerts.
  • Information will be posted on the FVTC website (www.fvtc.edu), on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Local TV and radio stations are notified; however, the college cannot guarantee that any station will broadcast the information.
  • Telephone message will be updated on the college’s campus emergency hotline: 920-735-4700 or 1-800-211-6409.
What about my class?

Students and employees should assume that the college is open, classes are continuing as scheduled unless and until a specific announcement canceling classes is issued.

When college buildings are closed/locked, students should not report to in-person classes. Virtual classes will proceed as scheduled when the buildings are closed. In-person classes will be canceled but instructors may elect to conduct virtual learning activities instead. If an instructor has expectations regarding make-up work or a revised schedule, he or she will reach out to you.

For students who are involved with clinicals, internships and other work assignments, please communicate with your instructors and your supervisors on procedures in the event of closures and cancellations.

What if the college is open but I'm uncomfortable going out?

Fox Valley Technical College will strive to remain open to serve students. If the weather is threatening and campus buildings stay open, it is each student’s responsibility to decide whether to travel. Driving conditions may vary across the wide geographical region served by FVTC.

The college is educating students for the workplace, so our closing policy is much like a business or agency rather than that of K-12 school districts. If you are uncomfortable driving and decide to miss class, please communicate with your instructor, let them know, and inquire about make-up assignments. Instructors will vary on their policy; please ask and be prepared.

For inquiries regarding Fox Valley Technical College campus emergencies due to inclement weather and other conditions, please call our campus emergency hotline:


(Appleton calling area)


(All other areas in district)

The hotline number will announce all official campus emergencies at the Appleton and Oshkosh campuses and all Regional Centers.