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    Adverse Weather Notice

    Adverse Weather Notice Class Arrangement


    • This guideline sets out the arrangements in times of typhoons1 and rainstorms for students and trainees in the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), School of Business and Information Systems (SBI), Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI), Chinese Culinary Institute (CCI), International Culinary Institute (ICI), Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), Youth College (YC) and Pro-Act Training and Development Centres (hereunder called "campuses/centres").
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    • Please note that:
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    • It does not apply to:

         (i)   students of the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) who should follow separate
                guidelines issued by THEi.

         (ii)   trainees of the Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) or candidates sitting    
                 examinations organised by PEAK.
         (iii)  students of the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) who should follow separate guidelines
                 issued by SHAPE.
         (iv)  students of the HTI/CCI/ICI who are attending training in The T Hotel and TDS restaurants. Students may refer to     
                 the HTI’s own announcement.
         (v)   trainees of the Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC). Trainees may refer to the IVDC’s        
                own announcement.
         (vi)  students of the Shine Skills Centre who should follow separate guidelines issued by Shine Skills Centre.
     

    Typhoons

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

    Typhoon Signal
    Action to be taken
    IVE Campuses / HKDI / SBI /
    HTI / CCI / ICI / MSTI /
    Youth College Campuses /
    Pro-Act Training and Development Centres
    No. 1 To operate as normal 
    No. 3 To operate as normal
    (a) Issued or in force at 6:15 a.m. or thereafter
    (b) Issued when classes or examinations* are in session
    Pre-No.8 Special Announcement2 / Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above  
    (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 start of 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. 

    * Examinations refer to internal examinations of  IVE, HKDI, SBI, HTI, CCI, ICI, MSTI, Youth College and Pro-Act Training and Development Centres.
     

    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") two hours prior to the hoisting of the No. 8 Typhoon Warning Signal.

     


    Rainstorms

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

    Rainstorm Warning Signal
    Action to be taken
    IVE Campuses / HKDI / SBI /
    HTI / CCI / ICI / MSTI /
    Youth College Campuses /
    Pro-Act Training and Development Centres
    AMBER To operate as normal
    RED/BLACK  
    (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 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 start of 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 session unless road or other conditions remain adverse. 

    * Examinations refer to internal examinations of IVE, HKDI, SBI, HTI, CCI, ICI, MSTI, Youth College and Pro-Act Training and Development Centres.
     
     

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

    In times of typhoons and rainstorms, the announcement on the closure of campuses, 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

    August 2016
     
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