Campus Safety – American Film Institute

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Safety Procedures

AFI is implementing changes to its physical space and protocols to conform to current health and safety standards. All AFI Faculty and Staff who can carry out their work duties from home will continue to do so until further notice.

All individuals entering campus will be temperature checked and asked about symptoms and quarantine/isolation orders. Fully vaccinated individuals seeking access to campus must present proof of vaccination. Individuals seeking access to campus who do not have proof of full vaccination must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 3 days.

Campus Access and Symptom Screening

AFI Staff and Faculty will be required to prove full vaccination at the campus entrance. All individuals who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be required to show negative PCR test results from within the past 3 days. All individuals will have their temperature checked and undergo a screening process for COVID-19 symptoms before entering campus.

AFI Fellows will submit proof of vaccination or be subject to additional health and safety precautions.

Individuals traveling via an airplane or outside of a 125-mile radius surrounding campus may be required to quarantine:

Non-fully vaccinated individuals traveling from outside a 125-mile radius surrounding campus are required to undergo a ten (10) day quarantine period following their return. After five (5) days of quarantine, the individual may take a COVID PCR test to determine if further isolation is needed. If the test result is negative, the quarantine may be lifted, and the individual may access campus so long as they pass the on-campus screening. However, if the test if positive, the individual must remain in isolation for another five (5) days before receiving a negative COVID PCR test and being allowed to access campus.

Fully vaccinated individuals traveling from outside a 125-mile radius surrounding campus must adhere to COVID safety protocols during and following their travel, such as masking, social distancing, frequent hand washing and self-monitoring for COVID symptoms after returning. Individuals traveling from outside the country must test 3-5 days after arrival.

Please note: “fully vaccinated” means more than two (2) weeks has passed since receiving your one dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson /Janssen) or your second dose of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or other FDA or World Health Organization-approved vaccine (for International Fellows only).

AFI Response to Confirmed Cases

This plan will be amended as information is updated by the Los Angeles County Health Officer.

Should a positive case occur:

  1. AFI will contact the individual that tested positive to begin a case investigation and provide information on isolating safely.
  2. AFI will begin contact tracing by reaching out to individuals exposed to the positive case (designated by the CDC as individuals who were within six feet of the positive case for more than 15 minutes) to provide information on quarantining and recommend reaching out to their primary care physician should symptoms arise.
  3. AFI will report the case and contacts to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health within 1 business day.
  4. If the positive case has been on campus in the past 72 hours, AFI will initiate enhanced cleaning protocol for relevant classrooms/areas.
  5. Employees will be notified via e-mail if a positive case has been present in the employee’s worksite.

Campus Cleaning

Prior to the AFI Campus reopening, a third-party cleaning crew and the AFI janitorial staff will thoroughly clean the campus. Once reopened, heightened cleaning procedures will continue with particular attention paid to high-traffic and high-touch areas including handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, and shared spaces. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed around campus, as supplies allow. Although hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, practicing proper hand-washing technique is considered to be more effective.

While the virus is not thought to transmit effectively by a person’s contact with surfaces, current evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses.

The AFI janitorial staff will pay particular attention to keeping restrooms on campus clean and well-stocked. Each restroom will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily in addition to being regularly restocked with supplies for handwashing. If there is an on-campus exposure, additional cleaning protocols will be implemented.

 

Social Distancing

Upon returning to campus, while social distancing is not required, please be considerate of those around you.

 

Handwashing and Good Hygiene Practices

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer frequently and sneeze/cough into your arm to reduce the spread of the virus in respiratory droplets, a common transmission pathway for the virus.

 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not currently required per LA County guidance but wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask is strongly recommended.

Public Transportation

AFI Fellows, Faculty and Staff traveling to campus via public transportation should follow the advice and directions from transit authorities regarding the health and safety of riders and always follow public health hygiene best practices. Remember to always wear a mask on public transportation and use hand sanitizer if handwashing is not an option.

Travel Policy

As established in an update to AFI’s travel policies in March 2020, all AFI-related travel remains suspended and subject to approval by the CEO until further notice.

We understand that personal travel may be a necessity, however, please be aware that any Fellow, Faculty or Staff member returning from travel via an airplane or outside of a 125-mile radius surrounding campus may be required to quarantine.

Travel Policy for Non-Fully Vaccinated Individuals:

Non-fully vaccinated individuals traveling from outside a 125-mile radius surrounding campus are required to undergo a seven (7) day quarantine period following their return. They must also take a PCR test 3-5 days after travel. Even if the test is negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If the test is positive, they would enter isolation.

Travel Policy for Fully Vaccinated Individuals:

Fully vaccinated individuals traveling from outside a 125-mile radius surrounding campus must adhere to COVID safety protocols during and following their travel, such as masking, social distancing, frequent hand washing and self-monitoring for COVID symptoms after returning. Individuals traveling from outside the country must take a PCR test 3-5 days after travel.

Please note: “fully vaccinated” means more than two (2) weeks has passed since receiving your one dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson /Janssen) or your second dose of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)

Visitors

Please note that visitors to campus will be limited and approved on a case-by-case basis. Visitors will be required to adhere to all AFI safety procedures and protocols, including self-screening for symptoms, practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering at all times on campus.

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