Here's what you need to know when it snows

With the weather turning colder and forecasts of snow finally starting to appear, it's important for all faculty and staff to know the best ways to get information on any weather-related changes to normal operations of the university.

The latest information will always be available to you in two places:

  • The Johns Hopkins emergency hotline at 410-516-7781 or, from outside the Baltimore area, 1-800-548-9004
  • The Johns Hopkins emergency notices Web page at

Program that phone number into your mobile phone, and bookmark the Web page.

Information on a closure or delayed opening is posted on the Web page and phone line as soon as a decision is made. After an overnight snowfall, that's normally around 6 a.m.

An important reminder: Johns Hopkins remains on a normal schedule when possible, both because minimizing interruption to teaching and research is a priority and because so many university employees and students are involved in patient care.

Please note: A summary of the university's weather emergency policy for staff is as follows. The full policy is available online in Human Resources' Personnel Policy Manual](

Summary of Weather Emergency Policy for University Staff

When conditions require curtailment of the operating schedule of the university or a particular campus or unit, the change will be announced on the university weather hotline and website.

Staff may be designated as required-attendance employees. Expectations for School of Medicine required-attendance employees who work in clinical areas may be aligned explicitly with Johns Hopkins Hospital inclement weather policies and guidelines.

Details are below. Note: The university no longer uses a liberal leave plan.

Required-Attendance Employees

There are two types of required attendance employees.

An onsite required-attendance employee must stay at work or report to work. This employee is one who is vital to the operation of a work group and whose presence and critical services are required regardless of the emergency.

Required-attendance employees who do not stay at or report to work may be considered absent without approval pending discussion with their supervisor.

An offsite required-attendance employee is one who may best be utilized during an emergency by working from an alternate offsite location, either the employee's home or elsewhere.

Each unit or department defines its staffing requirements. Supervisors should annually and in writing designate required-attendance employees of either type. If your status is unclear, discuss it with your supervisor.

A third category is the non-required-attendance employee asked to work. At the discretion of a unit or department, employees not previously designated for required attendance may be called to work on a case-by-case basis. They may be required to report to work, work from home, or report to a designated alternate work site during the emergency. When possible, employees should be given advance notice that they might be called into service.

Closure Plan

When conditions warrant, the university may choose to close the entire university, a campus, or a building. Required-attendance employees in the affected area must remain at work or report for work at the regularly scheduled time, either onsite or offsite as previously designated. Non-required-attendance employees do not work unless asked to do so.

Delayed Arrival Plan

When the delayed arrival plan is invoked for the entire university, a campus, or a building, all required-attendance employees in the affected area are to report to work at the regularly scheduled start time, either onsite or offsite as previously designated. Other staff members are expected to report to work by the delayed arrival time. Employees reporting by that time will not lose pay or have time charged to leave.

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