Campus Updates

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

Recent Developments

[Student Health Services] Extreme Heat Warning Issued for Santa Clarita - Important Safety Measures

Important tips from LA County Officials include:

  • Avoid the sun – Stay indoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – Drink 2 to 4 glasses of water every hour during times of extreme heat.
  • Replace salt and minerals – Sweating removes salt and minerals from your body, so replenish these nutrients with low-sugar fruit juices or sports drinks during exercise or when working outside.
  • Avoid alcohol – Alcohol can cause dehydration. Drinking alcohol within 24 hours of working in the heat can increase the risk of heat illness.
  • Pace yourself – Reduce physical activity and avoid exercising outdoors during peak heat hours.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors.
  • Stay cool indoors – Set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.

We will continue to update you regarding safety and health measures we are taking at CalArts as we prepare for your return to campus. I encourage you to care for yourself and to check in on others. 

Be safe,

Elizabeth Peisner, EdD

Executive Director of Health and Wellness 

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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