The CalArts Returns Newsletter #3 was sent to the CalArts community and includes important holiday travel updates and other news from the Covid Response and Implementation Team (CRIT).
We have been notified that on May 28, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, which is responsible for protecting and improving the health and safety of working people in California, will issue new guidelines related to keeping workers safe from COVID. We will review the new guidelines and report back to the community. We will share information about any new rules that affect working on campus, when they take effect, and how we will comply with the new regulations.
Holiday and Summer Travel
As the Memorial Weekend approaches, you may be considering travel plans and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of Los Angeles County Public Health’s guidelines for travel and returning to work.
- All travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a COVID-19 viral test (swab or saliva) 1-3 days before travel. Travel should not be initiated until a negative test result is returned.
- All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate and follow County isolation instructions. Do not travel when symptomatic or with a positive COVID-19 test result, regardless of vaccination status.
- All non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries must quarantine as described below.
- Fully vaccinated persons may travel but should continue to take precautions. If asymptomatic, no quarantine or testing is needed upon return from domestic travel. For international travel, see the CDC’s International Travel During COVID-19 webpage for more information.
Governor Newsom has stated that California will reopen on June 15 unless something unusual happens. When more details about the full reopening are released, we will share updates about how this will impact plans for students, faculty, and staff including campus access, capacity on campus, mask wearing, social distancing, and other topics.
It is important to remember that CalArts is in Los Angeles County and that regardless of federal and/or state announcements about changes in rules and guidelines, as a community we are obligated to follow the stricter LA County regulations.
We continue to encourage all CalArtians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine as well. Vaccine appointments are opening eligibility to more people in LA County and across the country. In California, you can check eligibility and make appointments at myturn.ca.gov.
The CDC also points to VaccineFinder to help people find the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability at certain providers and pharmacies in some states. In states outside of California, information may be limited while more providers and pharmacies are added in the coming weeks.
After Your Vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers tips on post-vaccine care and information about possible side effects.
Please remember that after you’ve been fully vaccinated you should continue to take precautions in public places, like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often.
The CDC also offers additional information and guidance for continuing safe practices after you are fully vaccinated and provides information to help you protect yourself and others.
Limited Campus Access for Students
Students may utilize limited campus spaces by appointment and must follow all campus safety protocols. To request an appointment, visit the CalArts Returns webpage for school contact information. Students should contact their schools for more information about reservations and spaces.
Accessing Campus: Important information for faculty, students, and staff
The safety of our community is our top priority. When coming to campus for essential work or a scheduled appointment to use facilities, it is important to be aware of the following actions you must take:
- Download and use the LiveSafe app. Be prepared to show your “green checkmark” at the security gate and main entrance.
- Complete the COVID safety training using this student link and this link for faculty and staff.
- Scan in and out with your CalArts ID so that we can follow the necessary contact tracing procedures in case a COVID case is reported.
- Follow the directional signage in and around the building in order to help us meet physical distancing and capacity requirements.
Watch the video on how to access campus.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions about CalArts Returns, please email: the COVID Implementation and Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.