CalArts Returns - New Procedures for Essential Staff on Campus

This message was sent out to CalArts faculty and staff regarding new procedures for essential staff when working on CalArts' campus.

Dear CalArts Faculty and Staff,

As you know, CalArts has been working for many weeks to adapt to the challenging and ever-changing conditions imposed on us by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sending a brief series of emails to clarify the practical procedures we are putting in place to make sure employees who may be working on campus will be in the safest conditions we can create.

While we have not yet received authorization from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office to reopen our campus to anyone except “essential” staff, we will be adopting a screening protocol for employees who may be on campus consistent with the guidance received from LA County Department of Health. This procedure is planned to begin on Monday, Aug. 10 until Sept. 1, 2020, at which time the situation will be reevaluated.

As such, effective on Monday, Aug. 10:

  • All employees without exception will be required to enter our main building through the Campus Safety entrance (as has been our general practice lately).
  • Employees who will not be working in or entering the main building must check in for the required screening at the Campus Safety gate at the main campus entrance.
  • All employees entering the main building will be asked to allow their temperature to be taken (an infrared touchless device will be used). If an individual has a temperature of 100.4 or higher they will not be allowed to remain on campus.
  • Each person will be asked if they have exhibited any of a series of symptoms known to be possible indicators of a COVID-19 infection (e.g., cough, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, etc.) or if they have been in contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 or known to have tested positive.
  • We will be using a proximity scanner (using your CalArts ID) to record who has been on campus on what days. In the event of an infection in our community, this will assist Los Angeles County in contact tracing if appropriate.
  • All employees will be required to wear their CalArts ID on a lanyard or otherwise visible location on their person while on campus.

Within our campus community there have been many expressions of support for taking serious precautions to keep all of us safe.

Thank you for helping us all to advance this goal.

Jesse Smith
Associate Vice President
Chief Operating Officer