Tech’s campus will be closed for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, Jan. 12, following several inches of snow fall on Sunday night. The decision was made following a recommendation by Tech’s emergency preparedness professionals to campus leadership. As during the previous two days, all classes have been cancelled and employees are not required to return to work unless declared “emergency essential” by their respective campus department. The Student Center, Campus Recreation Center and both Dining Halls will remain open with limited programs and hours.
“Due to ongoing inclement road conditions combined with plummeting temperatures, the decision was made to close the Atlanta campus for a third day to ensure the safety of the our students, faculty and staff who must commute to campus, as well as those on campus who must navigate icy roads, parking lots and sidewalks,” said Institute spokesperson Matt Nagel in a statement.
As a result of the cancellation, Phase II registration for students will be extended to Friday, Jan. 21 at 4:00 p.m. The payment deadline for fees this semester has been extended to January 24 at 4:00 p.m. According to a release made on the Tech website, campus administration will make an announcement about whether make-up sessions will be offered for classes missed during this time. In addition, the Registrar’s Office will update the academic calendar in the coming days.
Some parts of the state received as much as six inches of snow on Sunday night following the declaration of a state of emergency by former Governor Sonny Perdue. In the days following the unusual blast of winter weather, Georgia’s roadways have been plagued by numerous delays and accidents. Traffic was severely limited at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday, with Delta Airlines cancelling over 1400 flights. Local and state officials continue to urge drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary, until conditions become more favorable for vehicles.
“We urge students to continue monitoring the Georgia Tech home page to and local media for important updates on the status of campus services and closures,” Nagel said.