Severe Weather Policy
Scheduled PDS Courses may be cancelled if there is a severe weather situation, such as a blizzard or ice storm, in which travel to the course location may risk the individual health and safety of course participant(s) or instructor(s).
PDS utilizes the DMACC Urban Campus as a guide for weather-related cancellations. If the DMACC Urban Campus is closed due to inclement weather, all PDS courses scheduled at the Capitol Complex and New Horizons Computer Learning Center will be cancelled. Additionally, courses will be cancelled if the Governor’s Office determines to close state facilities on the Capitol Complex in Des Moines.
You may review the following media sources for reported closures of the DMACC Urban Campus, New Horizons, and the Capitol Complex:
- KCCI Channel 8 or http://www.kcci.com/
- WHOTV Channel 13 or http://www.whotv.com/
- DMACC Website: http://www.dmacc.edu/
You may also call the following numbers for a pre-recorded message on any course cancellations or known delays:
- For classes at the Capitol Complex, call (515) 281-5456.
- For classes at New Horizons, call (515) 226-3265.
Please note: If there are no reported closures at the DMACC Urban Campus and no reported closures of state facilities on the Capitol Complex, participants will be expected to report to class.
Exceptions may be made for individuals traveling into the Des Moines area from a field location. Exception requests must be communicated by the agency’s training liaison to PDS prior to, or during, the course for which the individual is enrolled.
In the event of a cancellation, individuals need to follow their own department/agency policy for reporting to work. Information about rescheduling the course will be distributed as soon as alternate arrangements are made.