March 10: Notice to Individuals who may Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

The following message was distributed to the CalArts community from the CalArts Emergency Response Team:

Dear CalArtians,

One of the things we hold close in times of crisis and uncertainty is our values of community and respect. We know that the CalArts community will come together in these times and do their part to make sure that we embody our values of respect and empathy for each other.

While we have sent many messages to our community about our COVID-19 response, we want to reiterate that if you have either personally traveled to or been in contact with anyone who has recently traveled to a country with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, that you avoid campus and self-quarantine yourself from the community for 14 days. Currently, this includes China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. The CDC updates its travel notices regularly; please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. For students living on campus who may need to self-quarantine, please reach out to Residence Life staff.

In addition, if you or a family member is experiencing any flu-like symptoms, respiratory symptoms (cough or runny nose) or fever, we ask that you stay home. Please do not come to campus. You can communicate with your faculty and/or supervisor to make them aware of your situation. This applies to members of the CalArts community and visitors to our campus.

This is important because while as individuals, some of us may be comfortable navigating the illness that comes with COVID-19, as a community, we want to ensure that everyone remains healthy. Many members of our community have auto-immune disorders, asthma, or other related conditions and/or meet the criteria of an impacted age range that may have more difficulty to recover, which includes those going home to children. Self-quarantine is an important step to take to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 spreading within our community.

For students concerned about academic continuity, should you need to self-quarantine, our faculty and academic leadership will make every effort to prevent this from having an adverse impact on your studies, and we recommend that you email your program director to make arrangements for your coursework.

We have sent our community many messages in an effort to keep our community as safe as possible and to reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19. We appreciate your diligence as you continue to engage with these messages and check our COVID-19 website for more details and updates.

The Emergency Response Team

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