- Updated 3/25/20 with new section.
- Updated 3/17/20 Emailed notices to all students. Added “Moving Forward” section. Removed outdated section.
- Updated 3/16/20 Posted Notice of Temporary Shutdown Due to COVID-19
- Updated: 3/14/20. Added New Upgrade Option for Discount Tickets
Support the Wine School!
Section added 3/25/20
If you are looking to help out in this difficult time, here’s where to find information. We also have included a way for our out-of-work students to earn some additional income. https://www.vinology.com/support-the-wine-school-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
Philadelphia and ALL Schools have Closed (this includes us)
Section added 3/16/2020
Philadelphia ordered all nonessential businesses to shut down by 5 p.m. on Monday (3/16) and will halt all nonessential government operations on Tuesday, in the city’s most aggressive steps yet to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Restaurants will have to be take-out only. Most retail stores will shutter through at least March 27. City government offices will be closed to the public, and only essential government employees will report to work. Only businesses classified as “essential” by the city, like supermarkets, gas stations, banks, post offices, daycares, and veterinary clinics will be allowed to remain open, officials said.
Section added 3/17/2020
Are you enrolled in a class or course? Details are posted here.
Cancelled Classes Information
Section added 3/17/2020
If you are attending a single-session class in March, your class has been cancelled. The purchaser of the tickets was sent an email with all details. This is the blueprint of the email that was sent:
I hope you are safe and staying healthy. It’s with a heavy heart that we can’t host classes right now. We will reopen as soon as the Governor allows us to, and the pandemic is over.
You have tickets to [name of class] on [date] which has to be postponed. You will be receiving a gift code for the full amount of your purchase. If you purchased these seats for someone else, please let them know the class has been canceled.
We ask only one favor of you: If you have any questions, please wait until after the pandemic is over. By that point, we should have some breathing room.
Postponed Courses Information
Section added 3/16/2020
If you are attending a multi-day course at the school, you were emailed the following:
I hope you are remaining safe and healthy. Its a difficult time for everyone.
Classes will resume once the Governor has given us permission to do so and the pandemic has ended.
Please be assured that, we are doing our best to accommodate you and all your students. We want to make sure that your experience at the Wine School is a fruitful one. We are currently building out contingency plans and will relay them to you as soon as possible. This is not an overnight process and will take weeks.
We ask only one favor of you: If you have any questions, please wait until after the pandemic is over. By that point, we should have some breathing room to answer questions.
Our classroom and facilities are disinfected daily using hospital-grade products and have hand sanitizer stations at the entrance. We also have four HEPA air filtration systems scrubbing the air during class.
The classroom is specifically designed in a way to ensure face-to-face distancing. The classroom size is fewer than 25.
These are standard protocols we have in place every winter. We’ve always been very cognizant of these issues and had these protocols in place long before the covid-19 pandemic. We do this every year to prevent any flu virus to !*#&# with our classes (and your health).
If You Cannot Attend Classes
Section deleted 3/17/2020. See updated information above.
If you have tickets to a class (defined as a two-hour, one-day event) and are concerned about attending, we encourage you to reschedule. If you have Premium or Insured tickets, you can reschedule your class here.
If you are enrolled in an academic course (defined as a multi-day event of over six hours of in-class education), your options are different. If you are unable to attend the program at this time, you will have access to online education and exams. We also may –at our discretion– place students into another semester entirely.
Upgrade for Discount Tickets
If You (or anyone you know) Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
We take the well being of all our students very seriously. We currently have zero known students who have the virus and attended classes. We track everyone who has attended classes at the school. If you or anyone you know has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and have attended classes at the Wine School, it is your ethical duty to report this information to us. Please do so on this form.