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  • Adverse Weather Notice Class Arrangement

    This guideline sets out the arrangements in times of typhoons1 and rainstorms for students in the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) Campuses, Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), School of Business and Information Systems (SBI), Pro-Act Training and Development Centres, Hospitality Industry Training and Development Centre (HITDC), Chinese Cuisine Training Institute (CCTI), Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), Youth College Campuses and Shine Skills Centre. It does not apply to students of Yeo Chi Man Senior Secondary School which should comply with the guidelines issued by the Education Bureau.

    Arrangements for trainees of the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) or candidates sitting examinations organised by PEAK are outlined at PEAK's Web Page.


    Typhoons

    When typhoons affect Hong Kong, the following arrangements will apply:

    Typhoon Signal
    Action to be taken
    IVE Campuses / HKDI / SBI /
    Pro-Act Training and Development Centres /
    HITDC / CCTI / MSTI /
    Youth College Campuses
    Shine Skills Centre
    No. 1 To operate as normal To operate as normal
    No. 3 To operate as normal To close all day
    (a) Issued or in force at 6:15 a.m. or thereafter
    (b) Issued when classes or examinations* are in session Classes or examinations* will be immediately suspended.
    Pre-No.8 Special Announcement2 / Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above   To close all day
    (a) Issued or in force at 6:15 a.m. or before 11:00 a.m. Morning Session(classes and examinations* scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) to close
    (b) Issued or in force at 11:00 a.m. or before 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Session(classes and examinations* scheduled between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) to close
    (c) Issued or in force at 4:00 p.m. or thereafter Evening Session(classes and examinations* that start at or after 6:30 p.m.) to close
    (d) Issued when classes or examinations* are in session All classes or examinations* will be immediately suspended for the session.
    (e) Issued before startof examinations* Examinations* to be held in that particular session should be postponed.
    Lowering to No. 3 or below or lowering all signals at any time All classes or examinations* to resume with the next session unless road or other conditions remain adverse. To remain closed for the day
    * Examinations refer to internal examinations of IVE, HKDI, SBI, Pro-Act Training and Development Centres, HITDC, CCTI, MSTI, Youth College and Shine Skills Centre.

    1. "Typhoons" also refers to "Tropical Cyclones".
    2. Where possible, the Hong Kong Observatory will issue an early alert (i.e. a "Pre-No. 8 Special Announcement") within two hours of the hoisting of the No. 8 Typhoon Warning Signal.


    In Times of Typhoons Approaching during Class Period

    When the Hong Kong Observatory issues a Pre-No.8 Special Announcement, all classes/activities of campuses/centres/institutes (including examinations*) will immediately be suspended.


    Rainstorms

    When a rainstorm signal is issued, the following arrangements will apply:

    Rainstorm Warning Signal
    Action to be taken
    IVE Campuses / HKDI / SBI /
    Pro-Act Training and Development Centres /
    HITDC / CCTI / MSTI /
    Youth College Campuses
    Shine Skills Centre
    AMBER To operate as normal To operate as normal
    RED/BLACK   To close all day
    (a) Issued or in force at 6:15 a.m. or before 11:00 a.m. Morning Session(classes and examinations* scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) to close
    (b) Issued or in force at 11:00 a.m. or before 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Session(classes and examinations* scheduled between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) to close
    (c) Issued or in force at 4:00 p.m. or thereafter Evening Session(classes and examinations* that start at or after 6:30 p.m.) to close
    (d) Issued when classes or examinations* are in session All classes or examinations* should continue (except those taking place outdoors) until the end of the session, and if it is the end of the school day and RED/BLACK signal is still in force, students/trainees should be advised to return home or boarding home (for disabled trainees) only when conditions are safe.

    Remarks: If students/trainees are not yet in the campus/centre premises due to differences in class timetables, they should stay home or take shelters in a safe place. For classes and examinations conducted outdoors, the responsible staff on the spot will suspend the activities immediately and ensure that all students/trainees are taken shelters in a safe place.
    (e) Issued before startof examinations* Examinations* to be held in that particular session should be postponed.
    Lowering to AMBER or all signals at any time All classes or examinations* to resume with the next sessionunless road or other conditions remain adverse. To remain closed for the day
    * Examinations refer to internal examinations of IVE, HKDI, SBI, Pro-Act Training and Development Centres, HITDC, CCTI, MSTI, Youth College and Shine Skills Centre.


    VTC's Public Announcement of Closure of Campuses/Centres, Postponement and Resumption of Classes/Examinations

    Public announcements will be made by the Vocational Training Council over radio and television regarding classes, scheduled examinations or other arrangements.

    As far as possible, the announcement will be made at the following time:

    (a) Morning session - 6:15 a.m.
    (b) Afternoon session - 11:00 a.m.
    (c) Evening session - 4:00 p.m.

    If no such announcements are made, students and trainees should follow the arrangements set out above. Please note that announcements made by the Education Bureau do not apply to IVE, HKDI, SBI, Pro-Act Training and Development Centres, HITDC, CCTI, MSTI, Youth College and Shine Skills Centre.

    If circumstances permit, the announcement on the closure of campuses/centres, postponement and resumption of classes/examinations will also be available on VTC website (www.vtc.edu.hk).

    When classes/examinations resume following the lowering of typhoon signals or rainstorm warnings, students or their parents may exercise discretion in deciding whether or not to return to or send their children to the campus/centre after taking into consideration the local weather, road, slope, traffic or transport conditions at that time. Students, in particular those living in remote areas, will not be penalised for being late under these circumstances.

    Vocational Training Council

    March 2009