Health and Safety Guidelines

CalArts is looking forward to welcoming students, faculty and staff back to the safest possible campus. Adherence to our Health and Safety Guidelines will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. It is mandatory that anyone returning to campus will need to successfully complete the COVID-19 Safety and Compliance Training and agree to follow our safety guidelines.

Symptom Monitoring Requirement

  • It is the responsibility of everyone planning to access campus to conduct symptom monitoring every day before reporting to campus. The CalArts community is asked to download the LiveSafe App available here: LiveSafe App (free and available on Apple and Android stores). The app will ask a series of questions regarding possible symptoms and exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Any individual who answers yes to any new symptom, has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, or has traveled outside the State of California within the last 14 days, is asked to stay home. In order to proceed onto campus, individuals will be asked to show campus personnel the green clearance stamp that appears on the smart phone screen or the clearance email you will receive after completing the symptom check. At this time, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or greater
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
    • Sneezing, runny nose or new sinus congestion
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore Throat
    • Fatigue
    • Gastrointestinal (diarrhea; vomiting)
    • Loss of taste or smell

Proximity Scanner

The Proximity Scanner is in place to assist Los Angeles County with contact tracing in the event of an infection in our community. The scanner is located at the outside window of the Campus Safety office. Individuals will need to scan their IDs upon entering and when exiting the building using the Campus safety/Facilities doorway adjacent to the loading dock (See Contact Tracing below).

Vulnerable Persons

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions and/or health histories may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. The following is a partial list including the most common conditions. For a full list please visit the CDC’s website.

  • Older adults (aged 65 and older)
  • People with HIV
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes (Types I and II)
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Being immunocompromised
  • Kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Liver disease
  • Smoking/Vaping
  • Pregnancy
  • Cystic fibrosis

Members of the community who are considered vulnerable by CDC standards should contact Human Resources (HR) or the Student Health office for information regarding possible reasonable accommodations. No one will be required to disclose a diagnosis(es). Individuals will be guided through the reasonable accommodation process for employment purposes (faculty or staff) or to determine classes and class load (students).


CalArts is not requiring individuals to obtain a COVID-19 test because testing is only relevant if results are immediately available on the day an individual is reporting to campus.

However, any employee who has taken a COVID-19 test and has tested positive must notify the Human Resources office immediately. Students who have tested positive must notify Student Health Services. CalArts has a legal obligation to inform and cooperate with local public health agencies about any positive cases in our campus community so that officials can coordinate any necessary contact tracing. Persons who test positive must self-isolate for 14 days and must follow all guidance issued by their medical provider. Individuals will be permitted to return to campus once the 14-day isolation period is over if they have been symptom-free for 3 days (72 hours) prior to the requested campus access date/time.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is a critical component to controlling community spread of COVID-19. All individuals have a responsibility to monitor their comings and goings at all times to be able to assist contact tracing should it be necessary. If an individual is identified as a positive case, presumed positive case, or is a close contact of a positive or presumed positive case, they will be asked to provide information regarding their activities and whereabouts related to campus activity. CalArts has a legal obligation to notify the community of any exposure while still maintaining the privacy of the reported case. To assist us with this task, CalArts is asking everyone entering and exiting the building to scan their ID card at the symptom monitoring station at the Campus Safety window.

Based on current health department contact tracing protocols, only those who meet the definition of a close contact within a span of 48 hours of a positive or presumed positive case will be notified. Close contacts are defined as any individual who has been in close proximity of less than six feet for 15 minutes or more (even if wearing masks). Faculty or staff who have been identified as a close contact of a positive or presumed positive case of COVID-19 must contact the Human Resources office; students are required to contact Student Health Services. Individuals should consult with their medical provider and self-isolate for 14 days. They will be permitted to return to campus once the 14-day isolation period is over, if they have been symptom-free for 3 days (72 hours) prior to the requested campus access date/time.

Hygiene Controls

  • Hand-washing - Everyone must maintain the strictest hand hygiene protocol by frequently washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer frequently if there is no access to soap and water.
  • Coughing/Sneezing hygiene - If you are in a private setting and do not have your face covering on, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Physical distancing - Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask and maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance from other individuals at all times. No exceptions will be made since COVID-19 can spread without showing symptoms or feeling sick. There will be no public access or events. Similarly, mass gatherings for events, shows, lectures or other activities, are not permitted.​

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be required for everyone on campus.

  • Face Coverings - Face coverings must be worn by all faculty, staff and students while on campus when in the presence of others and in public spaces (e.g., elevators, common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, studios, labs, shops, etc.). Appropriate use of face coverings (disposable, cloth, N95 or other types) is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. Face covers must be properly worn, covering the nose and mouth at all times except when eating or drinking while maintaining physical distance between yourself and others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not show symptoms or feel sick. The face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing, both must be practiced in tandem.
  • Goggles/Face shields - The eyes are an additional route of entry to the body for COVID-19. You may be required to wear goggles or face shields as assigned PPE when performing your work and interacting with others if your job requires the use of tools, equipment and/or machinery. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments.
  • Gloves - Based on your job, you may be required to wear gloves as assigned PPE when performing your work and interacting with others. According to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.


  • Facilities Disinfecting - The Facilities Department will ensure that cleaning and sanitation of high-touch surfaces occurs frequently throughout the day. Classroom cleaning will take place in between each and every class. All used spaces will be cleaned thoroughly every night. Cleaning procedures for equipment, specialty labs, makerspaces and dedicated spaces will be established with each department prior to the start of term and will be handled under the guidance of the lab director. Cleaning supplies or requests can be made using the Facilities Work Order.
  • Personal Disinfecting - Take time to wipe down tables, tools, pens, equipment, workstations, keyboards, computer mouse, etc. before utilizing them with a disinfectant wipe or with a clean cloth and disinfecting cleanser. This should be repeated regularly throughout the time you are on campus.

Breaks and Rest Periods

Breaks provide an opportunity for people to walk outside, alone and physically distanced from others. Individuals should not congregate in groups during breaks or resting periods. As stated previously, face coverings are required indoors at all times. Face coverings are also required if you are outdoors and unable to maintain a minimum six-feet of distance from another person. Practice strict hand hygiene before going on break and immediately after break.

Using Restrooms

Restrooms will be cleaned frequently per our current sanitation schedule. A physical distance of six feet should be maintained at all times, even in restrooms. If there is insufficient space to maintain distance due to others in the restroom, individuals should either wait outside or return at a later time. It is important to try to use the same restroom each time; do not visit another floor in the same building to access a restroom except in urgent situations. All individuals should carefully limit the areas they visit while on campus. Hand washing hygiene practices must be followed after any visit to the restroom.

Using Elevators

No more than two people may be in an elevator at a time. Stairs should be used as much as possible. People using the elevator must wear face coverings even if they are the only occupant and should avoid touching elevator buttons with exposed hand/fingers. Hand washing hygiene practices must be followed after any elevator ride.