Character Animation Masking Policy

Recently, CalArts shared masking guidelines for the upcoming school year. Please refer to the email sent from CalArts on August 16, 2022 with the subject line: [COVID-19 Compliance Taskforce] Community Respect and COVID - Fall 2022 Update.
 
In CalArts' update, masking is optional, but strongly encouraged indoors. However, courses, spaces, events, etc., designate their own masking policies, which may be stricter.
 

In accordance with these guidelines, the Character Animation Program will proceed with the masking policy outlined below.


CalArts COVID-19 Policy

Anyone in the community who has symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and not come to campus.

Anyone in the community who experiences close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must immediately report this to the COVID Compliance Team and be tested. 

Anyone in the community who tests positive for COVID-19 must immediately report their status to the COVID Compliance Team, and will need to isolate. After positive results are reported, the Compliance Team will reach out to the individual with instructions and specific questions for the purpose of contact tracing. The individual will be required to self-isolate for 5 days, and contact their primary care provider/clinic for proper medical guidance. Once the 5 days have been completed and the individual has been symptom-free for 3 days (72 hours), they must have one negative test result submitted to the Compliance Team. The Compliance Team will notify the student with permission to return back to campus.

All reporting about COVID-19, as well as submission of information, must be made to the CalArts COVID Compliance Team via email (covidcompliance@calarts.eduor the LiveSafe app.


Masking in Character Animation Courses

In line with CalArts guidelines, each Character Animation course will designate its own masking policy, which will be indicated on page 1 of each syllabus. Masking will either be required, or strongly recommended. Students must refer to their individual course syllabi for the masking policy for each of their courses.

Syllabi may also indicate any further specifics related to masking. For example, a syllabus might state: "masking is required, but life drawing models may be unmasked."


Events

Masking is required at all Character Animation events, including Friday Night Talks.


Bijou

Masking is required in the Bijou at all times.


Computer Labs

  • Bungalow 1A computer lab: masking is required at all times.
  • A108 computer lab: courses taking place in the lab designate their own masking policy; masking is strongly recommended at all other times.
  • A109 computer lab: courses taking place in the lab designate their own masking policy; masking is strongly recommended at all other times.

Note: Bungalow 1A is a new lab currently being installed for use by Character Animation students.


Food / eating

Eating is not permitted in Character Animation courses, at Character Animation events, and in Character Animation computer labs. 


Accommodations

If a student is enrolled in a Character Animation course in which masking isn't required, and needs the course to be masked for medical reasons, they should reach out to the Office of Student Experience for an accommodation. Click here for more information about accommodations.

If a student is enrolled in a Character Animation course in which masking isn't required, and is uncomfortable with the class not requiring masking or needs the class to be masked due to a personal reason, they should reach out to the Character Animation program director, who will coordinate with the relevant faculty member to indicate the course must proceed masked. The student's identity and reasons will be kept confidential.


If CalArts puts in place masking requirements more strict than indicated in individual Character Animation syllabi, CalArts’ requirements supersede these.

All students are expected to follow CalArts policies regarding masking, vaccination, testing, and quarantine guidelines, as well as specific requirements for courses, events and activities.

Students who do not wear a mask when required, or wear one improperly, will be asked to leave the class session, event, or activity, in order to ensure the health and safety of the community.