Campus Updates

Keep up with the latest updates regarding the CalArts campus and any Covid-related issues. 

Recent Developments

Public Health Update: Return to Published Instructional Mode on Feb. 7

Several members of CalArts leadership participated in the Los Angeles Department of Public Health COVID update call on Wednesday. Public health officials are encouraged by vaccination and booster rates and the steps educational institutions are taking to protect their communities. They have been particularly pleased with our community—which is a testament to all of your actions mitigating the spread of COVID thus far.

Based on the update, their guidance, and our continuing low rate of cases, we are writing to confirm our plans for all spring semester classes, performances, and rehearsals to return to the originally published instructional mode on Monday, Feb. 7.

Individual schools will continue to implement specific safety protocols. These are program specific, so please make sure you are complying with these specific masking, testing, and behavioral requirements. Students who have specific and ongoing health issues and need health-based accommodations or support should contact Kristen Acosta at before the Feb. 7 return.

It remains your responsibility, in and out of class, to conduct yourselves in a manner that keeps you and your fellow students as safe as possible. This includes following our all-Institute required policies:

  • Daily check-in via the LiveSafe app before coming to campus; 
  • Wearing medical grade masks as required indoors, and in some outdoor situations;
  • Wearing or displaying CalArts IDs;
  • Putting your mask back on immediately after eating and drinking;
  • Getting your booster as soon as you are eligible (required by Feb. 28, with an on-campus clinic taking place on Feb. 15, 10 am-2 pm);

Please also continue to observe the following healthy practices:

  • Not coming to campus if you don’t feel well, and test before you return to campus;
  • Physically distancing whenever possible;
  • Regular hand washing;
  • Testing regularly after group interactions or travel (in-person available on-campus Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; at-home tests recommended as well).

Provost Costantino has communicated to deans, program directors, and all faculty that keeping students and the community safe and well is a priority and should be taken into account for attendance policies. If you are experiencing issues with your attendance in your classes due to health reasons, please contact your program director, or dean’s office directly, as soon as you can for support and guidance.

We are excited to see you and your artmaking in-person as we increase our on-campus activity. 

Thank you.

Ravi Rajan, President

Tracie Costantino, Provost

Kafele J. Khalfani, Ed.D., Vice President, Student Experience

COVID-19 Vaccination Exemptions & Weekly Testing Requirements

CalArts requires all community members be up to date (meaning that they have received the full initial dose(s) of their specific vaccine, along with an available booster dose if eligible [CDC Booster info]). 

The deadline for submitting verification of a booster vaccination is Sunday, Oct. 30 by 8 pm.  

Vaccination Verifications 

Proof of vaccination can be submitted online:

Free Booster Clinics

CalArts will host free booster clinics on campus throughout the Fall semester. They will be hosted in the Main Gallery on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27  10 am - 2 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19  10 am - 2 pm

If you are not fully vaccinated, you can also schedule an appointment by contacting your local pharmacy or Urgent Care (COVID-19 Vaccine Locator).

Vaccination Exemptions

Vaccination exemptions are available for medical or religious reasons by completing the Exemption Forms below. You can also use this form if you will not be fully vaccinated by the start of the semester.

Weekly Testing Requirements (for those with vaccination exemptions)

Even if you are not in class or on campus any given week, you are still responsible for getting tested that week. Please read the COVID-19 Policies related to weekly testing requirements.

  • Students approved for medical or religious exemptions (including student employees) are required to submit a weekly testing form

  • Faculty and staff working on campus approved for medical or religious exemptions are required to submit a weekly testing form

  • Faculty and staff working remotely approved for medical or religious exemptions are required to submit a monthly testing form

  • Find Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

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

​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

Reporting COVID-19 Positive Cases

Anyone in the community that tests positive for COVID-19 must report their status using the LiveSafe app, emailing, 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.

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