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In general, inclement weather, such as snow, sleet, ice, or rain, will not warrant the cancellation of classes or the closing of Zane State College’s (ZSC) campuses. Under such conditions, each student and employee should make judgment pertaining to his/her safety in traveling to and from the College.

If ZSC closes before classes begin/offices open or the College has a delayed opening, factors including weather forecasts and the conditions of parking lots and roads aid in the decision-making process. For everyone’s safety, when there is a delayed opening, only "essential personnel" should come to campus until the College is open.

When the College closes early, all staff, with the exception of essential personnel, are expected to leave in accordance with the closing time.

Receive Notifications
Click here for directions on how to sign up for notifications, on My Z-Online for Blackboard Connect, which will allow you to receive e-mail, text, and phone messages from the College in the event of a situation or closure.

Delayed Opening
Depending on the time of day, the delays can affect your schedule in different ways. Here are four options to guide you if there is a delay. 

  • Classes that finish prior to the opening are cancelled entirely. Students are excused from class.
  • Classes have less than 50 minutes remaining after the opening are cancelled. Students are excused from class.
  • Classes that start before the opening and have 50 minutes or more remaining will run for the remainder of their time. Students can attend class.
  • Classes beginning at or after the opening time will run as normally scheduled. Students can attend class.

For example, if the College is delayed until 12 p.m., a class that normally runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. would be cancelled. A class that runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. would instead run from 12 to 12:50 p.m., and any class beginning at 12 p.m. or later would run as normally scheduled. All events held on campus during the time of the delay are postponed until further notice.

If you have any questions about how the delay will affect your class, please reach out to your instructor.

If the College closes or delays classes, communications will begin by 6 a.m. via:

  • ZSC Email
  • Text and phone as you indicated on the Blackboard Connect notification form
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Radio:
  • WHIZ 1240 AM Zanesville
  • WHIZ 92.7 FM Zanesville
  • WYBZ 107.3 Zanesville
  • WWJM 105.9 New Lexington
  • WCMJ 96.7 Cambridge
  • WILE 1270 Cambridge
  • WNKO 101.7 Heath
  • WHTH 790 Heath
  • WCLT T-100.3 Newark
  • WTNS 1560 Coshocton
  • WMVO/WQIO 93.6 Mt. Vernon
  • WMOA 1490 Marietta
  • WNCO 101.3Mansfield/Ashland
  • WFXN 102.3 Galion
  • WXXF 107.7Ashland/Loudonville
  • WXXR 98.3 Fredericktown

For Employees
Employees are encouraged to use your judgment about safety and travel conditions and should notify your supervisor once a decision is made. If ZSC has not officially canceled classes, tardiness and absence due to bad weather will be charged against your annual leave accumulation. If the College is open but you are unable to make it to work due to weather conditions, it will count as a vacation or personal leave. If you have no annual leave, then the time absent will be charged as leave without pay, depending on your employee classification. Should it become necessary to close ZSC officially, for a brief period of time due to inclement weather, then the resulting absence will not be charged to the employee. However, if the employee was on approved vacation, sick leave, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, or any type of approved leave, the absence will be charged to the employee.

(updated 2.5.2018)