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Inclement Weather Closures and Abbreviated Schedules

What to do if the college is delayed or closed due to inclement weather.

Closures or Delays Due to Weather

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The most timely communication method to receive information on whether CNM has been closed or is on an abbreviated schedule is the AttentionCNM text alert system.

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Announcements of closures or delays will also be announced through the CNM website, CNM email, the weather line at (505) 224-4SNO (4766), and local news stations.

If the CNM District is impacted by snow or other weather that can make travel dangerous, CNM may close or enact delays for the campuses that are affected by winter conditions while keeping other campuses open that are not significantly affected by winter conditions. This helps CNM ensure that it fulfills the course and program requirements of accrediting bodies that can be negatively affected when numerous classes don’t take place due to weather.

For example, if Rio Rancho is experiencing inclement winter weather, but Albuquerque is not, then the Rio Rancho Campus and AMREP facility may close or be on a delay while all other campuses stay on their normal schedule (Rio Rancho Campus and AMREP will always operate on the same schedule). If winter weather is only affecting the far Northeast Heights, for example, the Montoya Campus may close while all other campuses stay on their normal schedule.

If the majority of the CNM District is being affected by winter weather, then all campuses may be closed or operate on an abbreviated schedule.

How Abbreviated Schedules Affect Classes

  • When a CNM campus operates on an abbreviated schedule, the CNM campus will be closed until the announced opening time. All classes scheduled to conclude prior to the announced opening time will not meet.
  • Classes with a start time prior to the announced opening time that conclude less than 45 minutes beyond the announced opening time will not meet.
  • Classes with start times before the announced opening time and that are normally scheduled to extend 45 minutes or more beyond the announced opening time will meet at the announced opening time and dismiss at the normally scheduled ending time.
  • For example, if CNM announces a 10 a.m. opening time, then a class that normally begins before 10 a.m. and extends to 10:45 a.m. or later would meet at 10 a.m.
  • If CNM announces a 10 a.m. opening time, a class that normally begins before 10 a.m. and is normally scheduled to dismiss before 10:45 a.m. would not meet.
  • Classes that are scheduled to begin at or after the announced opening time will meet as usual.
  • The syllabus for classes that are not held at CNM facilities (high schools, UNM, clinical sites, etc.) will provide guidance for dealing with inclement weather at those sites.

How Abbreviated Schedules Affect Employees

  • All nonessential personnel whose normal workday begins at or before the announced opening time will report at the announced opening time.
  • All nonessential personnel whose normal workday begins after the announced opening time will report at their regularly scheduled time.
  • Essential personnel will report to work at their regularly scheduled time or as soon thereafter as possible.

If an employee lives in an area that's experiencing inclement weather and cannot safely report to work at the required time, they have the option of taking leave with their supervisor’s consent.

All supervisors at CNM should discuss and address the various possibilities with their employees and be prepared for individual campus closures.