Health and Care

For the 2020–21 academic year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has implemented a number of health and safety measures to help mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Health and Safety Measures in Place

  • SAIC is following all guidelines from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other local and national health authorities
  • Reduced density of students, faculty, and staff on campus
  • Face coverings required upon entry to all SAIC buildings and in public areas and shared spaces
  • All students, faculty, and staff received a starter pack of face masks
  • All students, faculty, and staff received thermometers to check their temperatures daily before coming to campus
  • All students, faculty, and staff received a COVID-19 symptom checklist to review daily before coming to campus
  • Plexiglass partitions have been installed at all points of entry, open offices, and labs where six feet of physical distance cannot be consistently maintained
  • Posted health, safety, and physical distancing signage in all classrooms, studios, instructional support spaces, and common areas
  • Created detailed plans for all lobbies to allow for distancing; wayfinding signage and stanchions in place for traffic flow
  • Drafted new floor plans for classrooms, lounge spaces, the Neiman Center, and SAIC Ballroom to allow for distancing
  • Number of people allowed in an elevator is capped at four with floor markers directing riders
  • Created additional study spaces on campus to promote physical distancing
  • Added tents outside of the 280 building to be used for outdoor classes and meeting spaces
  • Increased housekeeping and sanitation in high-usage rooms and high-traffic spaces, and for frequently touched objects
  • Increased housekeeping and sanitation in spaces like restrooms, lobbies, elevators, and cafés throughout the day
  • During overnight hours all classrooms, studios, and common areas are cleaned
  • Installed campus sanitation kits in all classrooms, common areas, and office cores
  • Cleaning protocols have been developed for each department
  • Upgraded HVAC filtration to filter out biological contaminants in buildings where we don’t already have either carbon or UV filtration systems
  • Increased the percentage of outside air brought into a building from 40 to 60 percent, where environmental conditions permit
  • All restrooms have direct ventilation to the outdoors, providing consistent fresh air and removal of contaminants
  • All spaces on campus have an air exchange of three to four times per hour. Air removed from campus spaces is filtered and mixed with outside air before being brought back into the buildings


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