CalArts Returns

With our community of students, faculty and staff back on campus this fall, we must work together to keep each other safe through vaccination, masks and testing.

Our first priority is vaccination. Vaccination is mandatory for faculty, students, and staff. Masks will be an additional protective measure. Under Los Angeles County’s public health rules, face masks must be worn in indoor public spaces, including in classrooms. They will also be required in certain outdoor events.

Another important part of our health and safety plan is testing for COVID-19. CalArts will provide rapid testing on campus on an as-needed basis. Anyone with a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated will be required to be tested once a week (twice a week during performances). Testing will also be required for anyone exposed to COVID-19 on or off campus.

Additional safety protocols that we ask our community to adhere to include:

  • completing a daily symptom screening via the LiveSafe app before entering campus 

  • staying home from campus if you have COVID-19 symptoms

  • wearing your CalArts ID at all time

  • practicing mindful distancing and physical contact

  • washing your hands regularly while on campus

Vaccination Requirements

For the 2021-2022 academic year, CalArts requires that all faculty, staff, and students be fully vaccinated to be prepared for the start of the semester. Faculty, staff, and students must submit their proof of vaccination form or their exemption form. 

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has given full approval of the Pfizer vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in people age 16 and older. In addition, the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be available under emergency use authorization for individuals 18 and older.  As of June 15, 2021, WHO gave the green light to the COVID-19 vaccine made by: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Covishield and Comirnity. 

Vaccine Resources Near CalArts

Please find below a list of vaccine resources close to CalArts. You can also search all available vaccine clinic locations on the LA County website.

Locations near CalArts:

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COVID-19 Vaccination Exemptions & Weekly Testing Requirements

  • Vaccination Exemptions
    Vaccination exemptions are available for medical or religious reasons by completing the Student Vaccination Exemption Form. You can also use this form if you will not be fully vaccinated by the start of the semester.
  • Weekly Testing Requirements
    Students, faculty, and staff approved for medical or religious exemptions will be required to submit a weekly testing form.
  • On-campus COVID-19 Testing

    For those CalArts students, faculty and staff approved for vaccine examptions, testing will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and Wednesdays from 11 am to 2 pm at E-Block second floor near F-200 and the main staircase. Signs will be placed around campus helping direct you to the test site. Please register for a COVID test in advance. Please note, you only need to enter your information one time and then it will be stored for subsequent test dates. If you do not register in advance, you are required to bring your insurance information with you to receive a test. If you don’t see your test results from Nobility one hour after your COVID test, please call Nobility at 818-600-4731 to get your results.

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

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Campus Access Fall 2021

  • Campus will maintain 24/7 access.
LiveSafe App
  • All students, faculty, and staff who have not already done so should download the app as part of their preparation for fall semester. 
  • Alternatively, you can check-in from any computer via the LiveSafe URL. An email will be sent to your address once the questions are answered. Show the email with the checkmark or a printout at the security booth.
  • The LiveSafe App will provide three important functions to help all CalArtians stay safe.
    • Daily symptom screening: In order to gain entry to campus, each community member will answer three quick questions to verify that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms, and that you have not been in contact with anyone COVID positive. A green check will demonstrate it is safe for you to enter campus. (If you do not have a smartphone, you can access LiveSafe through a computer.)
    • Reporting concerns. CalArts community members can report noncompliance with COVID safety protocols (such as someone consistently not wearing a mask during a mask mandate). Reports for students will be handled through the President's Office, and for staff and faculty through Human Resources.
    • Reporting positive cases. Reporting positive COVID cases, for oneself or another member of the CalArts community, can be done through the app in the same way as reporting a concern. CalArts is required to track all positive COVID cases, so we ask that you report if you test positive as soon as possible. 
Acknowledgement Form

As part of the CalArts Returns process, we ask all members of the CalArts community to review and acknowledge CalArts COVID-19 requirements. This required acknowledgment form outlines the most updated public health guidelines and CalArts expectations we ask our community to uphold as we start the 2021-2022 academic year. 

For CalArts Students:
Please click on CalArts 2021-2022 Student Return to Campus Acknowledgement Form to complete and  acknowledge these expectations and guidelines.

For Staff & Faculty: 
Please click on CalArts 2021-2022 Faculty Staff Return to Campus Acknowledgement Form to complete and  acknowledge these expectations and guidelines.  

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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 to eat and drink 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 been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, must report this using the LiveSafe app and be tested. 
  • If you are exempt from the vaccination policy, you must quarantine for 10 days.
  • If you are vaccinated, you must monitor your own symptoms for 7 days. ​

COVID-19 Positive Cases

  • Anyone in the community that tests positive for COVID-19 must report this using the LiveSafe app and will need to isolate. We will continue to notify campus of all positive cases. If you are identified as a person who may have had close contact with someone COVID positive, you 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 10-14 days, and contact their primary care provider/clinic for proper medical guidance. Once the 10-14 days have passed and have been symptom-free for 3 days (72 hours), the student must have two negative test results submitted to the COVID Compliance Team at The covid compliance team will notify the student with permission to return back to campus.

    Find a testing site​

Quarantine and Isolation

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 do not need to wear a mask during a performance
  • All crew, audience, and other individuals in the vicinity of the performance must wear masks.
  • All rehearsals must be completed with masks on.
  • Unvaccinated performers who will be performing without a mask must be tested—once prior to the performance and twice a week during the performance.

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


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