COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan Updates

CIL is monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis and is making the following adjustments to our normal operations. All updates will be posted here to the CIL website and sent via email to the CIAML email address of record.

March 31, 2020

Good evening CIL students, 

I hope this email finds you well and safe. As we as a country continue to do our part to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I want to share with you the next steps Culinary Institute Lenotre will be making.  Please keep in mind that we are not making these decisions lightly – your health, education and safety are important to us.  In compliance with the Harris County Judge and the White House, we encourage all of you to continue social distancing and working from home until April 30th. We will reopen the school on Monday, May 4th.  

  • Text book pick up will be organized by Sam Kellen and Helen Ball this Thursday and Friday April 8-9. Each student will be given a scheduled time slot in which you will drive up to the north lobby. We will bring your books out to your car. We will also be following all of the recommended safety protocols. Follow this link and register for a time slot (link here). If there are any questions or concerns regarding book pickup, please email Helen Ball at
  • Academic classes will continue to be held online through Canvas along with adapted assignments. Please email your instructors directly and stay in contact with them. They have been instructed to work with each student to ensure we continue providing a quality learning experience. If you have any Canvas issues please contact our Academic Affairs Manager, Michele Mets at . 
  • As for the Cuisine and Baking & Pastry labs, they will soon be putting out video tutorials for each level and additional assignments also through Canvas. We appreciate your patience with your chefs as we enter into this “virtual kitchen” world.
  • If you need to talk to someone about tuition assistance, payment plans, or any tuition related item please contact Sam Kellen in Student Accounts at . 
  • If you need to talk to someone about financial aid options, please email
  • If you need any other type of support as always feel free contact Career Services at .

We appreciate your patience while we figure out the next steps for the Culinary Institute LeNotre. This is an uncertain time for us all.  Your well-being (physically, mentally and emotionally) is our top priority.  Ours is an industry that must be flexible to the time at hand and we continue to do our best to prepare you for your career.  Everyone here at CIL wishes the best for you in your future and we will provide you with the best resources. Stay safe, I look forward to reuniting with you all in May.


Joseph O’Neill        
College Director

March 24, 2020

Culinary Institute Lenotre is monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and is taking under advisement the recommendations of the White House, CDC and local government authorities. CIL is currently scheduled to be closed until April 6th with the staff returning on April 3rd. CIL is committed to our customers (the students), our employees and the communities we serve. In the interim, the CIL instructors are working hard to continue educating during this time of precaution through online classes and remote assignments. Student cooperation during this time is greatly appreciated. Although we do not know how long this crisis will last, we do know that our students and staff need to lean on each other more than ever.   

When this crisis ends, the world will need our industry to restore normalcy. We will be called to do what we are training or trained for and that is to unite people through food.  The table has always been and will always be a gathering place for communities and families – we will do what we do best and provide comfort in this time to those who need it.     

Our Career Services department is here for you and offers life-time job placement assistance for all our students and alumni.  If you have lost your employment during the recent restaurant closures, please reach out to in the coming weeks and we will try to assist you.    

We advise you to follow the recent City of Houston and Harris County order to “Stay-Home-Work-Safe” guidelines.  Continue to check your emails and the CIL website for updates.   

Joseph O’Neill
College Director

March 17, 2020

Following safety guidelines provided by the White House and the CDC, CIL will close effective immediately 3/17/2020 and will reopen Monday 4/06/2020.  

  • All students continue to check Canvas for updates from your instructors and remote assignments.  
  • Beginning Monday April 6, we will be holding classes and labs Monday-Friday to make up for missed days with your normal scheduled shift. 
  • Scheduled break of April 15-16 will now be school days as well for makeup.
  • Contact your chef/instructor/admissions rep with any questions or concerns in this time. 

We encourage you all to practice good hygiene and keep yourself informed as the matter unfolds. Let’s be a part of the solution, stay safe!

March 16, 2020

  • CIL is monitoring the Center for Disease control’s recommendations and will revise as needed
  • CIL is also monitoring absenteeism and will work with our students and staff who are unable to report to CIL for any reason
  • If a student or employee has a fever, cough or shortness of breath they will be required to go home and advised to counsel a doctor
  • We will be performing additional sanitation of the facilities and all its’ surfaces
  • Temperature scanning will begin at all campus entrances as soon as possible
  • All events with over 50 people will be cancelled immediately
  • We are exploring remote teaching possibilities for the academic classes
  • Due to our small student to teacher ratio and smaller class size we believe the risk is extremely low

March 12, 2020

Culinary Institute LENOTRE is running class and operations as normal. We take the health of our students and staff seriously and ask you to please get informed on our current COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is reporting additional cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID‑19, bringing the state total to 21; they will continue to update the state case count each day by 10 a.m. Central Time.  Public health departments are working to identify any close contacts of the patients while they were sick so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed.  DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and other state agencies continue their ongoing preparations so that all of state government is working together to limit the spread of the virus and protect Texans.  It is also important to note that health officials believe the risk to Texas continues to remain low.

As the COVID‑19 outbreak continues, Culinary Institute LENOTRE will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information to our students and staff.  We urge you to continue to use verified sources of information about the flu and coronavirus to help prevent the spread of misinformation.  DSHS,, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),, continue to be your best resources for all information regarding COVID-19.  The attached acrobat file from the CDC titled, “What you need to know about Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools, or Commercial Establishments Safe” is a good reference material that can be printed and/or distributed easily.

As an integral part of our community, we urge you to please:

  • Stay home when sick;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your bent arm, and to wash hands after using a tissue;
  • Follow proper handwashing techniques which can be found here or down below
  • Keep your hands away from your nose, mouth, and eyes; and
  • Practice regular desanitization of commonly used surfaces using standard cleaning practices.