Unfortunately, the fires affecting our community continue to grow. Yesterday, Red Flag warnings were issued through Friday afternoon representing ideal conditions for fire combustion and spread.

Given this, we have made the decision to delay a return to in-person instruction at Greystone until Monday, October 12. All campus buildings will remain closed until that time. Our intention is to reopen the Residence Halls on Sunday, October 11. While we expect the situation to be resolved by then, we must acknowledge this is a fluid situation; we will continue to remain in touch with students via email and the Everbridge Emergency Notification system as further information becomes available.

Classes, which resumed Wednesday, September 30 online, will continue to be delivered virtually during this interim period. By continuing in this way, instructors will be able to keep pace with the semester—providing lecturing instruction now on theory and techniques, and enabling students to get right back into the kitchens and bakeshops once campus reopens. Students, please continue to monitor the student portal and your Moodle sites for further information regarding your classes.

Most students have returned home already or are staying with family or friends. If you are unable to do this for an extended period, or if you have remained behind and are staying at Copia, our Student Affairs team can offer assistance. Please update your status on the "2020 Glass Fire Status" form on the Residence Life portal to keep us apprised of your status or to indicate that you need assistance.

Fire Safety Training

RA Fire TrainingBefore students returned to campus in late July at the end of summer break, the CIA held its 8th annual Residential Life Fire Academy on the Hyde Park campus. The CIA’s program was the first of its kind in New York State and is held each year in conjunction with the Roosevelt Fire District and the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The session involved five hours of college fire safety classroom learning and hands-on training. The CIA’s Residential Life staff learned how to effectively use a fire extinguisher, escape a smoke-filled building, and control a medical-related event while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.

In addition to learning skills that could one day save the life of a CIA student, the program has an added benefit of strengthening the relationship between the college and its local volunteer fire department.

Each year, more than 50 Resident Assistants (RAs), Residence Directors (RDs), and other Residential Life staff attend the training to truly become partners for the safety of students living in on-campus housing. Then, in September, the entire campus community is involved in a week of learning during National Campus Fire Safety Month.

“The Annual Residential Life Fire Academy is just one example of dedication to the health, safety and welfare of the students, faculty and staff and visitors of The Culinary Institute of America,” says CIA Environmental and Safety Supervisor Neil Garrison.

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