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Reminders: Emergency Closings and Snow Day Child Care

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February 15, 2011, Volume 57, No. 22

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 cancellations 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 Division of Public Safety

• KYW News Radio (1060 AM)

• UPennAlert Emergency Notification System (for University-related incidents & crises)

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 with children from 12 weeks to 12 years of age, provides child care whenever 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 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. through April 1, 2011. 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. 

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.

—Division of Human Resources

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Almanac - February 15, 2011, Volume 57, No. 22