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Human Resources: Reminders
February 9, 2010, Volume 56, No. 21

Emergency Closings

Although Penn normally never stops operating, emergencies such as severe weather conditions may sometimes result in the cancellation of classes and/or the full or partial closure of certain areas of the University. Decisions affecting work schedules and class cancellation are made by the Executive Vice President in consultation with the Provost. The University will announce a closing or other modification of work schedules through the following means:

• The University’s emergency information number: (215) 898-6358 (215-898-MELT).

• Communications from the Division of Public Safety.

• KYW Newsradio (1060 AM), the City of Philadelphia's official storm emergency center. The University's emergency radio identification code numbers are “102” for day classes and schools/centers and “2102” for evening classes. The message that accompanies the code number will provide the University’s operating status.

• The UPennAlert Emergency Notification System through text messaging, voicemail, e-mail and the Penn Siren Outdoor System (Penn SOS).

Please be sure to keep this emergency information in a place you can easily access.

Even when Penn is officially closed due to an emergency, there are some essential services that must still be provided, such as Public Safety and Facilities Services. Staff members in essential positions are still required to work as normally scheduled under these circumstances.

More information on suspension of normal operations is available online at www.hr.upenn.edu/Policy/Policies/707.aspx.


Snow Day Child Care

Winter is in full swing, and it’s not too late to register for Penn’s Snow Day Child Care Program. This service, available to Penn faculty and staff members with children from 12 weeks to 12 years of age, provides child care whenever the Philadelphia County public schools are closed due to inclement weather, but Penn is open for business. Children who attend school in other districts are also welcome on days that Philadelphia public schools are closed.

Snow Day Child Care is available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. through April 2, 2010. Child care is provided by the Penn Children’s Center at the Left Bank Commons, 3160 Chestnut Street, Suite 100. Children must be pre-registered in order to participate.  Please note that all registrations must be completed before you can use Snow Day Child Care, and a new registration is required each year. Registration forms cannot be accepted on the day that care is requested.

For more information and to register, visit www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife/snowday.aspx or contact Human Resources at (215) 573-2471 or kenne@upenn.edu.



Almanac - February 9, 2010, Volume 56, No. 21