COVID-19 Response

Health and Safety on Campus

Classrooms, studios, and offices are set up to best protect students and community members. As we conduct in-person instruction, we will continue to leverage our small size to make decisions based on state and county health officials' research, advice, and regulatory protocols.

To help the whole community stay safe, we present the SFAI COVID Health and Safety Policy. Please note that all plans are subject to change.




  • All SFAI students and employees are required to show proof of vaccination before commencing classes.
  • To receive a vaccination exemption, we will require written notification of a medical or religious reason. Please see the policy below.


  • With the increased circulation of variants, students, employees, and guests are required to wear masks indoors while on campus, even if they are fully vaccinated.
  • Disposable masks will be available at the security office.


Please read carefully the detailed policies below:


of December 17 (subject to change)
For 800 Chestnut Street Campus
Spring 2022

Please check our Health & Safety Guidelines frequently for updated information.




Vaccination Requirements for NEW Members of the SFAI Community:

  • All SFAI employees are required to show proof of vaccination to HR or request an appropriate documented exemption to HR by January 10, 2022

  • All SFAI students studying on campus, or visiting campus, are required to show proof of vaccination to the Student Affairs designee prior to orientation and the commencement of classes.

  • Vaccinations for international students are now available at Bay Area airports. 

  • HR & Student Affairs will confidentially keep a list of who received the vaccine, what date the vaccine was received, and confirm the vaccine type meets Cal/OSHA requirements.

Documented Vaccination Exemptions:

  • Any students or employees who cannot or will not get a vaccination due to a legitimate medical reason will need to provide a letter from their doctor. 

  • Any students or employees who will not get a vaccination due to a legitimate religious reason will need to provide a letter declaring that they cannot receive the vaccine due to specific religious reasons.

  • All exemptions for staff will be approved by HR & the CAO or COO.

  • All exemptions for students will be approved by the Student Affairs designee. 

Being on Campus –– Vaccinated and Unvaccinated SFAI Community Members:

  • With the increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta and Omicron variants, and out of an abundance of caution, students and employees are required to wear masks indoors while on campus, even if they are fully vaccinated, as an added layer of protection. This clause will be updated as needed while we monitor changes with Cal/OSHA requirements. Stay tuned.

  • While on campus or during SFAI activities, unvaccinated students and employees with an approved and documented exemption will need to remain 6 feet from others outside if not wearing a mask.

  • SFAI may restrict access to unvaccinated students & employees in places of the campus where safe social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Please keep in mind that some individuals in our community may be exempt from vaccination; therefore, we kindly request your vigilance in maintaining and reinforcing mask-wearing indoors.

  • Those not observing the policy may be subject to disciplinary action.  

Vaccination Requirements for Visitors: 

  • Invited guest visitors are required to complete a survey to report their vaccine status, and bring their proof of vaccination at the time of visit. 

  • Vaccinated guest visitors may access campus outdoors following the guidelines listed above. (Wear a mask indoors, and stay socially-distant outdoors).

  • Unvaccinated guest visitors may access campus but will need to wear a mask indoors and practice social distancing (6 feet).



SFAI employees and students are highly encouraged to test themselves for Covid on a regular basis, and to notify the school if they test positive. Students should notify Student Affairs, and employees should notify Human Resources.



  • Covid test results will be kept confidential within HR for employees and Student Affairs for students. 

  • In the event of a reported case, contact-tracing will be conducted in compliance with contact-tracing guidelines. HR & Student Affairs will notify anyone who has been in close contact.



  • First Day of Classes, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cleaning Supplies

  • While indoors, students and employees are required to wear masks even if fully vaccinated – until further notice.   

  • Each classroom will have a cleaning station.

  • Disposable masks will be available in classrooms and always at the security desk by request.

  • Please contact the Facilities team ( if supplies are low.

  • Special cleaning by request (allow 24 hours please).



Anyone planning events on campus is required to coordinate with the Health & Safety Committee and the Operations Team at least three weeks in advance of the event to allow ample time for planning and compliance with our Health & Safety guidelines. Thank you!



Beyond the Blueprint Framework for Industry and Business Sectors

Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS)

CDC Recommendations for Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning,

Guidance for Shared or Congregate Housing

Vaccine Call Center