Covid Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination Exemptions & Weekly Testing Requirements

Even if you are not in class or on campus any given week, you are still responsible for getting tested that week (Monday through Friday), especially due to the exposure-to-infection time span of 3-5 days.

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Health and Safety Guidelines

Face Coverings
  • Based on Center for Disease Control and Los Angeles County Public Health guidance, face coverings are required indoors even for those who are fully vaccinated. Masks/face coverings are required indoors on the CalArts campus regardless of vaccination status. They will also be required in certain outdoor events.
    If you are working alone in a private space you may remove your mask. You may also remove your mask in your residence hall room, and if you are actively eating and drinking in Steve’s Café.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, “face covering” means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or a single layer of fabric. Please see the CDC's current face covering guidance.

​COVID-19 Exposure*
  • Anyone in the community that has experienced close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, must report this using the LiveSafe app and be tested.
  • Anyone who has been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19 does NOT need to quarantine unless they are experiencing symptoms. Every exposed person must take a test within 3-5 days, wear a mask for 10 days, and monitor their symptoms.

*Updated on May 9, 2022

COVID-19 Positive Cases

Anyone in the community that tests positive for COVID-19 must report their status using the LiveSafe app, and will need to isolate. After positive results are reported the COVID Compliance Team will reach out to the individual with instructions and specific questions for the purpose of contact tracing.

Individuals may return to work after the following:

  • they have isolated for a minimum of 5 days,
  • they no longer have COVID symptoms, and
  • they have tested negative using an antigen test.

The community will be notified of all positive cases that are related to campus and off-campus facilities. Those who are identified as having close contact with someone testing positive for COVID will be contacted and asked to take a COVID test.

COVID-19 Testing

If a student shows symptoms of COVID-19, students should use the link below to:

  • Find a testing site
  • If a student has a positive Covid-19 test, they should contact the COVID Compliance Team at to notify them of having tested positive, self-isolate for 5 days, and contact their primary care provider/clinic for proper medical guidance. Once the 5 days have passed and have been symptom-free for 3 days (72 hours), the student must have one negative test result submitted to the COVID Compliance Team at The covid compliance team will notify the student with permission to return back to campus.
Isolation for Residence Life

For students living in the dorms on campus, spaces have been reserved on campus in the event that a student needs to be quarantined or isolated.  If these spaces are full, the Institute will assist the student in finding an appropriate place to fulfill this requirement.

LA County Announces Indoor Performance Guidelines

The County has provided new updates for higher education regarding specifics for indoor performances. These specifics include:

  • Vaccinated performers should wear a mask when possible given the nature of their performance. Those singing or playing a wind/brass instrument are exempt from wearing a mask during active performing and are required to test once a week.

Please note that performances involving singing and wind instruments are allowed with specific testing requirements. 

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