Culinary Institute joins list of area colleges extending breaks

CIA Hyde Park

HYDE PARK – The world-renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has joined the ranks of Marist, Mount St. Mary’s and others in altering their schedule as a result of COVID-19.

A letter to faculty and staff was sent out Friday by the school’s President, Dr. Tim Ryan.  According to the message, the CIA has been developing a set of contingency plans to maintain the health, safety, and well-being of all if it campuses.

The letter  “Due to the unprecedented and rapidly changing circumstances associated with COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to suspend classes on all CIA academic campuses effective at the end of today – for three weeks – through Sunday, April 5. This will apply to the Hyde Park, Greystone, and San Antonio campuses. These three weeks replace our scheduled spring intersession and part of our traditional summer break, allowing us to safeguard our community without significant interruption to our students’ education. We hope to be able to resume classes Monday, April 6, and will communicate any pertinent updates during the break via CIA email, Everbridge, and student, faculty, and staff portals.”

Ryan said students were allowed to leave campus on Friday but the school would make arrangements for students, including those from other countries who were unable to leave for various reasons. In Hyde Park, the Egg was set to remain open for meals, and students are to use their points there.

Staff is expected to report to work as scheduled through Monday, March 16, at which time further updates will be provided.


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