Instructions to Determine the Jefferson Lab Status

Instructions to Determine the Jefferson Lab Status

Listed below are the ways Jefferson Lab staff, users and subcontractors can get current information on the lab's status. These methods are used to convey lab closings and delayed openings in the event of severe weather situations.

  • Call the main telephone number, 757-269-7100, or the JLab Status Line, 757-234-6236 for a recorded message.
  • Visit the main webpage and look for a banner message indicating the lab's status:
  • Visit the JLab status webpage:
  • Staff: Check your home phone (number listed in the Employee Self Service System) voice mail for a pre-recorded lab status message.
  • If feasible, access your JLab email account; look for a Site Wide Alert message.
  • If you have a JLab pager or cell phone, check it.
  • JLab closing or delayed opening information is also given to the local, network TV stations - WTKR Ch. 3 (CBS), WAVY Ch. 10 (NBC) and WVEC Ch. 13 (ABC); but the lab cannot guarantee that the information will be posted or reported accurately or updated.
  • If after checking these sources, you are still uncertain about going to work or you feel it would be unsafe for you to be on the road, contact your supervisor.

During Lab Closure, Only Essential Personnel Allowed at the Lab

If your associate director or department head has designated you as being an Essential Employee for a weather-related event, be alert for special instructions that would affect you.

All others – employees, users, students and subcontractors – are subject to closure status instructions and should not report to Jefferson Lab before the time specified. In these cases, the lab's security service is under instructions to advise all but previously designated essential staff that the lab is closed.

Taking Public Emergency Leave for Weather

The lab's Administrative Manual (Section 207.08.C.2 Public Emergency Leave: Weather) contains the policy regarding taking leave due to a weather emergency. An excerpt from the section states: Employees may make a personal decision considering safety first on when to come to or leave work during a weather emergency. These decisions should be based on an employee's judgment regarding their ability to get to or from work safely (i.e. road conditions).

Employees who, on their own, decide that weather conditions preclude their attendance, require a later arrival time or an earlier departure may take vacation leave (or leave without pay if no vacation accrual is available) as long as it is coordinated or discussed in advance with their supervisor.

Staff members are encouraged to read Section 207.08.C.2 of the Admin Manual online at:

When the lab experiences a delayed opening, the Quark Cafe won’t be open for breakfast on those mornings.

You may want to print out this message for future reference.