January 29, 2019

Purdue suspends classes; employees to report for normal operations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University officials announced that all classes for Wednesday (Jan. 30) have been canceled at the West Lafayette campus due to the expected wind chill temperatures that will be dangerous for students walking to and from classes. All university employees should report for normal campus duty at their regular time. Classes are expected to resume Thursday (Jan. 31).

Any employees who determine that their individual situation makes travel to work unsafe are reminded they can use paid or unpaid leave if they are unable to report for campus duty, however, they should contact their supervisors as soon as possible. The campus adverse weather procedures are available online here (pdf). 

Those driving on area roads can monitor their county travel status by going online to http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.

As the area braces for sub-zero temperatures, students are encouraged to remain indoors. Carol Shelby, senior director for environmental health and public safety, offers the following advice for those who must be out:

• Make sure you have winter footwear with excellent treads to help keep your footing on ice.

• Wear several layers of warm clothing and cover exposed skin.

• Use the Purdue pedestrian tunnels and enclosed walkways. 

CityBus, which is free to everyone with a Purdue student, faculty, staff or retiree identification card, will continue to operate, with some Campus Loop service reductions possible Wednesday. People are urged to use the MyCityBus app to check the location of their bus before heading to a bus stop. Passengers may also sign up for text, email and push notifications for route-specific service interruptions and detours through the app. You can download the app here, or search for the MyCityBus app in the Google Play or Apple App Store. 

Source: Carol Shelby, cshelby@purdue.edu

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