WIT’s campuses will not open on Tuesday, 7 December due to Storm Barra.
All remote learning and work activities will continue as normal. WIT campuses should reopen on Wednesday 8 December. Staff and students should check email, the website and social media for further updates.
Met Éireann has advised that there is a strong possibility that the status of counties currently in status orange is likely to change and escalate to status red.
The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science is advising that all universities, colleges and further education facilities covered by the Red Alert and Orange warning from Met Éireann should not open on 7 December.
The latest weather warnings can be found at https://www.met.ie/warnings.
The WIT Adverse Weather Policy provides guidance to Institute staff and students in the event of adverse weather.
The institute’s policy outlines that campuses remain open during status yellow and orange weather warnings for Waterford City.
We strongly advise all staff and students to put their own safety first when making any travel decisions and to take particular care travelling to and from college during the period of weather warnings issued by Met Eireann.
In the case of a Status Red alert that affects the various WIT campuses, the Institute will be closed.
If the situation changes WIT will update this page with information.
Understanding weather warnings
Status Yellow weather alert: be aware
The institute remains open during a Status Yellow weather alert for Waterford City.
The concept behind yellow level weather alerts is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action.
It is implicit that yellow level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.
Status Orange weather warning: be prepared
The institute remains open during a Status Orange weather warning for Waterford City.
This category of orange level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas.
The issue of an orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.
Status Red severe weather warning: take action
The institute is closed during a Status Red severe weather warning for Waterford City.
The issue of red level severe weather warning should be a comparatively rare event and implies that recipients take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.
Communication of the closure will be posted on the Institute’s website, email, social media and any other appropriate channels will be used to inform staff and students. An email will be sent to all staff using Institute email accounts. Staff union reps will be advised by the HR Manager. Local/national radio will be asked to communicate the closure information to staff and students as soon as possible.
We emphasise that students to put their own safety first when making any travel decisions and to check for updates before setting out. Reliable sources of information are the WIT website, WIT social media and local radio news bulletins.
View the Adverse Weather Policy.