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We might get a snow day sooner than you think ❄️☃️

On Dec. 3, McMaster University posted an update on their information website, Daily News. Titled “Update on McMaster’s Snow Policy“, McMaster outlined amended changes to the Storm Emergency Policy.

As of January 1, 2022, new amendments are in-place for the Storm Emergency Policy. All in-person and online classes will be cancelled in the event of a snow day. All McMaster faculty and staff will also not be required to work, unless they are deemed “essential”.

“If necessary, the university will formally announce a closure when severe weather poses a danger to students, staff and faculty while on campus or if the weather would prevent large numbers of them from coming to campus or returning safely to their homes,” reads the statement posted on Daily News.

According to this policy, McMaster will announce by 5:30 a.m. whether university operation will commence on days suspected of having inclement weather. It is worth noting that if weather conditions change throughout the day, classes can be reinstituted. Students, staff and faculty have been advised to check Daily News to find out more information during university closures.

McMaster also noted that if nothing is posted by the morning deadline, university operations will continue as normal.

Previously, the Storm Emergency Policy was amended ahead of the 2020-2021 academic term due to the online nature of classes. This amendment included a stipulation that if McMaster declared a snow day, all in-person classes would be cancelled; however, all online classes would continue.

At time of publication, Hamiltonians are bracing for a snow storm set to hit southern Ontario with an estimated snow fall of up to 40 cm. No word has currently been issued as to whether or not McMaster will have its first snow day of the season on Jan. 17.

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