Andrea Mendoza, Reporter
Winter has begun and that means snowmen, hot chocolate, sledding, cold temperatures, ice and possibly no school. In December, the Puyallup School District had a two hour late start due to black ice and slushy roads.
Student Sydni Sexton feels that weather conditions are a hassle.
“If I’m late, then my grade goes down for participation and if the professor is late or doesn’t arrive, then it’s almost like we wasted a portion of our money,” Sexton said.
Bad weather conditions come with an upside for some students. Some professors cancel class, making some students like Running Start student Brianna Whelan, grateful.
“It’s great, because I have morning classes and they’re almost always canceled when it’s bad out and I get to go home earlier,” Whelan said.
Icy roads and frosty roofs are some of the signals that cold weather and potential injuries are here.
According to ops.fhwa.dot.gov, icy conditions on the roads cause nearly 6,000 deaths and more than 450,000 injuries every year in the United States.
Employees of the facilities department try to minimize car crashes or injuries on campus, especially in the parking lots. Safety precautions such as putting salt on the roads are used to prevent any mishaps. Director of Safety and Security Chris MacKersie recommends being cautious of weather.
“Watch for weather, wear appropriate footwear because that’s really important, slow down and be cautious,” MacKersie said.
During winter quarter, there was one report of a multi-car collision due to weather conditions, Mackersie said.
The college tries to notify students and employees of these weather conditions.
“Essentially what happens is that if weather is really bad after 5 a.m. we really missed our delay window to notify students,” MacKersie said. “If we get bad weather at 7 a.m., it’s virtually impossible to transmit the message.”
To ensure promptness of receiving messages from Pierce, students can sign up to receive notification from the Pierce College Emergency Notification System in their student portal under the “Emergency Notification” tab.
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