COVID-19 Response Information
Due to continued concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19), Napa Valley Wine Academy continues to review of WHO, CDC, national, and local health agencies policies and guidelines and create safety protocols to ensure the safety and health of our students, staff, and the community.
Our main priority is to balance two imperatives: ensuring that we take prudent precautions to protect our community and the communities beyond our classrooms while continuing our daily education activities in ways that are appropriate under the circumstances.
As of June 2021, we have begun to resume in-person courses in limited locations, and are offering certain exams in-person. We are requiring the following for any in-person courses or exams:
NAPA VALLEY WINE ACADEMY SAFETY PROTOCOLS as of July 2021
Please note the following protocols for teachers, NVWA staff and students whether for a class or an exam:
By stepping into the Napa school or any location’s classroom, you agree:
- that you are not experiencing COVID or COVID-like symptoms that day or 10 days prior to your first day of class or your exam date;
- you have not been in contact in the last two weeks with anyone who has had COVID or COVID-like symptoms; and
- you acknowledge and agree to all of the following:
- Currently, as of July 2021, and going forward until further notice, the following are once again mandatory in NVWA classrooms or rented venues:
- Masks are required for students and instructors at all times, whether fully vaccinated or not, including when entering the school building in Napa, or when stepping into the venue’s classroom for all other locations:
For Napa, Masks must remain on when walking about the classroom, hallways, or other shared spaces, even if getting up from the desk for a restroom or other break, or to dump a spittoon or spit cup. The only exception to this full-day mask requirement is when wines are being tasted. Students must be seated at their desk, and may remove their mask for each tasting exercise. Masks must be replaced properly (over mouth and nose) in-between each wine assessment.
For Tampa, Masks must remain on when walking about the classroom, even if getting up from the desk for a restroom or other break, or to dump a spittoon or spit cup. The only exception to this full-day mask requirement is when wines are being tasted. Students must be seated at their desk, and may remove their mask for each tasting exercise. Masks must be replaced properly (over mouth and nose) in-between each wine assessment. Students may follow the hotel venue’s rules for public areas outside of the classroom.
- Students, please bring your own water bottles, and bring a pen or pencil with you. We are not yet sharing these materials amongst students, although we will have back-up pencils if you forget! For exams, we will have extra pencils on hand.
- Registration NO longer requires a temperature check, and the instructor is NO longer required to wear a face shield when registering students (unless any instructor would like to utilize one). Of course, masks are still required by students and instructors during and after registration.
- Individual registration sheets will be provided to each student at their desk, so there will be no shared registration sheet.
- Instructors will continue to handle glassware with care by using hand-sanitizer before handling glassware, and repeating the use of sanitizer as necessary (ie after touching one’s face).
- Wine bottles will generally NOT be passed from student to student; the instructor will pour wine samples, and may ask students to step out of the room while wines are being poured.
- Disposable spit cups/spittoons will be provided to students. It is the responsibility of the student to dump their spitoons or spit cups throughout the day and to dispose of them as requested by their instructor at the end of the day.
- We ask all students and teachers to be vigilant with hand washing and/or the use of hand sanitizer.
- Students and instructors will continue to be vigilant when taking breaks and lunches. No congregation in shared areas. If lines form for restroom breaks, all parties will be vigilant in maintaining a 6 foot distance from one another. Group lunches, unless they are distanced, are discouraged.
Thank you for helping us deliver a safe and amazing experience in the classroom! We look forward to seeing you!
If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 855-513-9738. Our offices are open Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm.
We recognize that these are unsettling times, and whether you are studying with us now or in the future, we want you to know that your safety and wellbeing are our first priority