March 10: Campus Update - Faculty and Staff

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am writing tonight to update you on our ongoing response to COVID-19. First, I want to make clear that there are no known cases affecting our campus community, but it is important that we do everything possible to prevent exposure to our students, faculty, and staff.

Out of an abundance of caution, CalArts is suspending all in-person classes, activities, and performances between Wednesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 22.

We will immediately begin the move to remote forms of instruction -- including telephonic, online, and web-based instruction -- to begin Monday, March 23, 2020.  We anticipate returning to face-to-face classes by April 13, however we will update the community as the situation evolves.

All Deans, Program Directors, and Staff are expected to report to work tomorrow, as usual, Wednesday, March 11, so that we may finalize plans for transitioning coursework and other educational requirements (e.g., lessons, performances, reviews, etc.) to remote forms of instruction, that is telephonic, online, and web-based. 

At this time, faculty may come to campus or may work from home to revise their syllabi to transition to remote modes of instruction.

This week, from Wednesday through Friday, a working group including all Deans will be developing metier specific plans as well as tools and resources for faculty to adapt their syllabi and instruction for alternative modes of delivery. Thennext week, March 16 -20, we will be providing resources and training sessions for faculty to support the transition to remote forms of instruction.

During the week of March 23, we will hold classes and other educational requirements through remote methods. The following week is Spring Break and will be observed as usual, although faculty will need to continue to work on adapting their instruction methods.

We will continue in this manner through April 13, unless the situation changes and we need to amend this date.

Updated information about these resources and plans will be forthcoming by the end of this week.

Thank you for your cooperation and support at this moment as we endeavor to keep our community of artists healthy.



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