Closing & Delayed Opening Policy

Delayed Opening, Early Closing, and Closing Procedures

During the winter season, on extremely rare occasions, weather conditions may require that the Lamont campus be closed. The motivation for this closing will be the safety of employees. The decision will be made based upon knowledge of road conditions within the immediate commuting area for the majority of Lamont employees.   

When the Lamont campus is closed, access to buildings and facilities will be restricted for safety reasons. Employees are advised not to come to campus.

The decision-making process is as follows:

  • The Director of Facilities & Engineering (or in their absence, the Safety/Security Manager) makes a recommendation to the Director of LDEO, supported by information gathered from weather reports, listening to police scanners, school closing/delayed openings announcements, personal observations including those of the Facilities Manager and/or other personnel located throughout the commuting area. As appropriate, this dialogue may begin the evening before a projected storm.
  • Before 7:00am, the Director or their designee will finalize the decision. Employees will then be notified of a closing or delayed opening via the emergency notification system.

If weather conditions deteriorate during the working day, the Director of Facilities & Engineering will make a recommendation to the Director's Office regarding early closing. The decision will be made by the Director or their designated alternate. If the decision is made to close the Lamont campus, employees will be notified via the emergency notification system and receive a campus-wide email.