Stay Informed for Your Health and Safety

Our top priority is the safety of all students and employees. When weather, fires, smoke, or other hazards create unsafe conditions, Sierra College carefully considers many factors in making the difficult decision to cancel classes or close campus(es).

Should there be a need for communicating an incident, the primary form of communication will be via email, with other methods utilized depending on severity and immediacy.

The Department of Community Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Active Alert


We are experiencing connectivity issues today (April 11, 2024) on all campuses that are impacting access to many services on and off campus. We will provide updates as access is restored. Please attend classes as scheduled.

Types of Alerts

These are the levels of notification available:


District Incident Alert
Incident AlertThis Incident Alert notification provides initial awareness about an incident. Examples of incidents include a change to campus access, a community safety concern, or instructional modality (i.e., online or in-person/synchronous or asynchronous.)
District Incident Update AlertIncident UpdateOnce an alert has gone out, Incident Updates will follow as needed, and will provide more information or give notice that the incident has passed.
District Campus Closure AlertCampus ClosureThe Campus Closure notification will only be used when there is a mandatory closure of a campus. The alert means campus is closed and no one is allowed on campus.

When Alerts Are Posted

District-wide applicable day/evening classes and closure determination times are as follows:

Day Classes

  • Sierra College day classes start between 7am and 3:45pm
  • The status of Sierra College day classes is determined by 6am 

Night Classes

  • Sierra College evening classes start at 4pm or later 
  • The status of Sierra College evening classes is determined by 3pm

Nevada County Campus (NCC): Additional Alert Considerations

Since NCC is also home to the Ghidotti Early College High School (NJUHSD) and the Child Development Center (part of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools [NCSOS]), we consider the needs of these students and consult with both entities in the course of making campus closure decisions, including determining the availability of transportation (buses), student lunches and young drivers.

Where Alerts Are Posted

In addition to sending alerts via email, alerts may also be published in one or more of the following places:  



  • Same methods as district-wide alerts

Nevada County Campus (NCC)



  • Same methods as district-wide alerts

Snow Day Policies and Procedures

Faculty and Staff Guidelines for District-Initiated Snow Days

  • Classes that are canceled during a campus closure do not need to “make-up” lost time as Sierra College is an FTE-funded institution (based on headcount, not daily attendance).
  • If campus is open and you are unable or choose not to report to work, it will be considered an absence and should be reported to your supervisor or the Division office, as appropriate. For faculty who need to cancel classes, please report the cancelation to NCC Admissions and Records or Tahoe-Truckee Admissions and Records.
  • For further information or questions about the employee impacts of campus closures (i.e., timesheets, working remote, called in during a closure, etc.), please contact your supervisor, the Office of the Executive Dean, or your Division Office. You can also find information regarding campus closures in your respective Collective Bargaining Agreement or by contacting a Union representative.

Road Conditions

For information on road conditions, call CalTrans Highway Information network at (800) 427-7623, or visit their website at or


General “rule of thumb” for campus closure is: Two or more highways leading into the basin under R2 conditions (chains or 4WD with snow tires). In particular, snow days are determined by the status of Highway 89 from Tahoe City to Truckee, Highway 267 from Kings Beach to Truckee, and I-80 from Reno to Truckee.