Slug Safe | Preparing for possible impacts from severe weather

To: UCSC Community

From: Public Affairs

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rains and strong winds in Santa Cruz beginning this evening and continuing into Friday. Additional rain is forecasted for the weekend. In addition, there is a likelihood of snow at lower-than-normal elevations, including some parts of the Santa Cruz mountains.

We encourage everyone in our community to be careful, given the likelihood of icy roads, falling trees, downed power lines, and other impacts on public safety.

UC Santa Cruz will continue to share important updates about campus operations through Slug Safe text messages and emails, on the campus homepage, and on social media (including Instagram). Students living on and off campus, faculty, and staff may face challenges that disrupt their ability to learn, teach, and perform their job duties. Impacts could include closed roads and loss of power, internet access, and/or cellular service.

We encourage instructors to communicate with students about their plans. Students should be on the lookout for updates about instructional activities. Instructors should anticipate that some students may be unable to attend classes or midterms due to travel hazards and plan accordingly.

The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning and Online Education have created a document to help instructors plan for quick transitions among modalities. Additionally, Keep Teaching has helpful guidance about teaching during disruptive events.

Employees should do their best to remain in contact with their manager or supervisor. Managers are encouraged to be flexible with employees.

We encourage everyone to do their best to communicate and to be patient and understanding with one another, particularly during the next several days.