Prof.B. emailed at 10:40am, re: tomorrow's luncheon, saying, "I am starting to think that we should postpone cause of weather. Could be really low turnout."
In my reply, I c&p'ed a Winter Storm Warning from weather.com
Winter Storm Warning for Central Middlesex County, MA from 12 am EST, Wed., Jan. 12, 2011 until 7 pm EST, Wed., Jan. 12, 2011In his reply he said, "You can plan to work from home if you feel it is necessary. What will the rest of HBS admin do? How do we find out?"
Issued by The National Weather Service
10 am EST, Tue., Jan. 11, 2011
... WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY...
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY.
* LOCATIONS... NORTHEASTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT... SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE... ALL OF RHODE ISLAND EXCEPT NEWPORT COUNTY AND BLOCK ISLAND... AND ALL OF MASSACHUSETTS EXCEPT BERKSHIRE COUNTY... THE SOUTH COAST... CAPE AND ISLANDS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBANY NEW YORK HAS WINTER STORM WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR BERKSHIRE COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS AND LITCHFIELD COUNTY CONNECTICUT.
* HAZARD TYPES... SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS... 12 TO 16 INCHES OF SNOW.
* TIMING... SNOW WILL START BY MIDNIGHT ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN ZONES... THEN OVERSPREAD THE REST OF THE AREA DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR POSSIBLE IN THE HEAVIEST BANDS.
* IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW WILL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THE MORNING COMMUTE. STRONG NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH HEAVY SNOW TO CREATE NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AT TIMES.
* WINDS... NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES... ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.
I shared with him the link to the Inclement Weather Policy, excerpting:
The HBS severe weather policy is based on the understanding that, as a residential educational institution, the School will make every attempt to hold classes. Decisions regarding travel during adverse weather conditions, however, need to be made on an individual basis. Faculty, students, and staff are expected to make every effort to come to school or work consistent with personal safety and prudence.He said:
The following policy is in the Harvard University personnel manual:
"...decisions regarding travel during adverse weather conditions need to be made on an individual basis. Employees are expected to make every effort to come to work consistent with safety and prudence. When a concern for safety makes travel inadvisable, a paid absence may be appropriate."
Thanks for the diligent research professor. On the basis of that and the severity of the expected storm, I think that prudence suggests that you should work from home tomorrow. You are able to check in email on internet from home, right? If so, that is my suggestion. You are too valuable to HBS for us to put your health and safety at risk!!!That was 10:59am.
2:47pm, we got:
To: All Faculty and StaffI would like to have a snow day, where I can just relax and putter and be on vacation -- the whole vibe is off when I feel like I should be checking my email every hour -- but so it goes. (And I won't actually believe this blizzard until it actually shows up.)
On Behalf of: The Office of the Dean
Subject: Weather Alert for January 12, 2011
Due to the prediction of extreme winter weather conditions for January 12, 2011, Harvard Business School administrative departments will operate in a limited capacity with essential/critical personnel only. This includes personnel essential/critical to the operation of all scheduled executive education and immersion programs, which will run as planned. If you are uncertain about whether your role is categorized as essential/critical, please check with your manager.
Staff whose roles are not categorized as essential/critical will not be required to use personal or vacation time. However, all staff who do not report to campus are expected to perform their duties from home to any extent possible. Employees who are required to work should closely monitor the weather situation, take all necessary precautions while traveling, and keep in mind that personal safety is most important.
For questions please call either [redacted] or [redacted].