• Latest Updates as of August 5

    A Message From CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan

    I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. In Hyde Park, NY, we are busy preparing our campus for the return of students resuming their Spring semester lab courses starting in August. Meanwhile, our students and faculty at our Greystone and San Antonio campuses have truly embraced our CIA SAFE guidelines (details below) and have been hard at work in this new normal since June 15.

    As has been the case since this Spring, this page is intended to provide updates on current COVID-19 protocols and our campus reopening plans. Of particular note:

    • The State of New York continues to require that all travelers entering New York from a state (including U.S. territories) with a high COVID-19 infection rate quarantine for a period of 14 days. You can find a current list of affected states and territories here.
      • Students traveling to New York from one of these states, are expected to abide by the Governor’s Executive Order, which could mean spending 14 days in a state not included in the Governor’s order prior to returning to New York, or quarantining for 14 days upon arrival in New York. Hyde Park Students can find specific details on options for quarantining as well as dates when they can begin move-in for their start date on the student portal.
      • For Hyde Park students not traveling from an affected state, the move-in dates previously communicated (August 7–9 for most students for the spring semester and September 4–7 for all students for the fall semester) will remain.
      • All students are encouraged to keep in mind, states included in the Governor’s Executive Order are subject to change. It is your responsibility to monitor these potential changes so please continue to check the FAQs.
    • Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, the CIA may modify its plans, as necessary, to comply with the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as New York Executive Orders and Mandates. Students, faculty, and staff should continue to check their CIA e-mail and the portal for the latest updates and information.

    As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority. As such, we have adopted a closed campus policy. Our campus restaurants and public programs will remain closed for the time being and outside visitors are not permitted on campus. View our complete CIA SAFE (Shared Accountability for Everyone) Reopening plan. (PDF)

    Reopening Plan for Students

    On-campus classes will resume in Hyde Park, NY August 10 for students completing their spring semester lab classes.

    Our reopening plan, CIA SAFE (Shared Accountability for Everyone)—focuses on ensuring the health and safety of our entire campus community—students, faculty, and staff. The following highlights some of its core components:

    Reducing Density

    CIA academic campuses (Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX) will remain closed to the public and other visitors until further notice. This includes outside guests and visitors to residence halls.

    Safety Precautions

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Students and employees will be required to wear masks in all classrooms, labs, and common areas. Masks are also required in all outdoor public places.

    Personal Health and Well-Being

    • Pre-Return Health Screening. All students, faculty, and staff will receive a questionnaire via e-mail prior to returning to campus.
    • Daily Checkpoints. Students, faculty, and staff will undergo daily health screenings, including temperature checks, prior to entry.
    • Testing, Tracking, and Treating. Working with local and state governments in its respective locations, the CIA is prepared to implement testing and tracking protocols for its campus community.

    View additional details on CIA’s reopening plan for students here. (PDF)


    • Accepted students should visit our Accepted Students page for the latest information.
    • Admissions counselors are hosting online and social media-based events to answer questions from future CIA students and their parents. Check out our Virtual Campus Visits and Events page for online tours, info sessions, and more!
    • For prospective students and their parents, we are here to assist you through the application and enrollment process during this challenging time. We want to make sure you have all the information and support you need. You can reach out to admissions@culinary.edu or contact your individual admissions counselor or enrollment manager. While working remotely, the team is still available to answer your questions and/or connect you with other campus resources.
    • If your college plans have been impacted by COVID-19 or the closure of another college, the CIA is here to support you. We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020. Whether you're a first-time freshman or a transfer student, we can keep your education on track. Please reach out to us at admissions@culinary.edu or schedule a one-on-one meeting with our admission team.


    • To protect the health and safety of our campus community, all restaurants on CIA’s academic campuses (Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX) remain closed to dine-in guests until further notice. All special dining events have been canceled and guests notified. Any guests who prepaid for special dining events have been refunded.
    • CIA Gift Cards for future use can be purchased online.
    • Grove, casual outdoor dining at the Colavita Olive Grove Terrace and Outdoor Kitchen—located at The CIA at Copia in downtown Napa, CA—is open with a special Garden Supper prix fixe menu. To book reservations, visit our website.
    • Savor at the CIA San Antonio is open for curbside takeout, Monday–Friday, from 4:30–7:30 p.m.

    Food Enthusiast Programs

    • Food enthusiast programs at all CIA academic campuses (Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX) have been canceled and guests have been notified and provided an opportunity to transfer their registration to another class or Boot Camp once we open or have the course fees refunded to a CIA Gift Card.

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