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A Message To Our Visitors


Idyllwild Arts Academy is committed to offering all of our programs on campus this year. Our COVID-19 precautions are based guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the Riverside County Department of Health. Our precautions include:

  • Masks are required indoors and at outdoor events where students and/or staff are close to each other.
  • Daily health screenings for all students and staff
  • Social distancing, where possible, in classrooms and shared indoor spaces
  • Weekly PCR surveillance testing for any faculty or staff who are not fully vaccinated. The school is utilizing the testing provided by the State of California in partnership with Color and Valencia Branch Laboratories.
  • On campus vaccine clinics for students and staff at the start of the year 
  • Day students will be allowed on campus but will not be allowed in the dorms
  • Reduced density in our dining hall, where indoor seating will be 40% of our normal capacity. Every meal will be available to-go for those who would like to eat outdoors.
  • Field trips will be limited
  • Campus is closed to the public.
  • Town privileges (times boarding students will be allowed to go into town) won’t start until all students have had the chance to be fully vaccinated.

We are not currently requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students or staff, but are strongly encouraging everyone in our community to get one of the vaccines that is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help keep our community as safe and healthy as possible. Some of the plans mentioned above may be modified based on vaccination rates in the community.

Please note that all of the plans mentioned above may change if the COVID-19 situation and/or guidance in our area changes.

We are offering in-person tours of campus for prospective families, but have also developed creative online ways to communicate our passion for our Academy and Summer Program. To learn more about our programs, please contact Tara Sechrest at or 951-468-7223, or Summer Program registration at 951-659-2171 x2360

Visitor Policy

All events are closed to the general public. Livestream and virtual attendance options will be provided whenever possible, and will be indicated on our Calendar page. Current Idyllwild Arts parents and prospective Idyllwild Arts families are invited to attend events, provided that they follow the policies below:

  1. Fill out the COVID-19 Symptom Screening Form prior to coming to campus.
  2. Check-in at the guard shack upon arrival on campus.
  3. Show proof of negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours) or proof of vaccination at the entrance of the event.
  4. Wear a mask in all indoor areas.
  5. The Department Chair may send you a request to RSVP if it is predicted that the event will be crowded.
SAT Testing Information

We are offering the SAT on campus on October 12, 2021, and March 12 and May 7, 2022.


The CDC recommends the following:

We have assembled a Crisis Management Team composed of Senior Leadership and selected board members including Board Chair Jeff Dvorak. The team is considering scenarios in the event of a lengthy school closure, including conducting and supporting online learning, Spring and Summer recruitment strategies, and the conditions that would prompt implementing these various contingencies. When it is appropriate, they also will consider the viability of Summer Program, though currently all summer scheduling remains in place.

Regular communications have been shared with the Board of Trustees. 

Custodial Services is following CDC recommendations for Facility Cleaning and Disinfecting. As frequently as is practical, additional time has been scheduled for common areas to be detailed and sanitized. Hard surface disinfection includes: 

  • Handrails     
  • Door knobs/handles
  • Sinks Faucets
  • Light Switches
  • Equipment Controls
  • Vending Machines
  • Copier/phone control buttons/keyboards and mice
  • Window sills and countertops 
  • Cabinet and file drawer knobs/handles
  • More than 100 new sanitized gel dispensers will be installed in all classrooms, studios and other buildings currently without sanitizer.   

Our custodial team meets daily to strategize on efforts that will be most effective in our community. Basic preventions, including the use of hand gels and Personal Protective Equipment, have already been implemented. Currently, suppliers are experiencing a backlog and rationing for hand sanitizer. We will procure these materials as quickly as possible.

We have arranged to have high-traffic carpet areas such as dorm hallways, classrooms and offices steam-cleaned over spring break. New signage is being placed in all common bathrooms (70) reminding the community to wash hands before leaving the room.

Arts as well as academic online classes will be offered to continue student engagement in IAA’s unique dual-curricular, accredited programs.

Idyllwild Arts Academy is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Riverside County Health Department, the California State Health Department, and other health officials, and is basing our decisions on information received from those agencies. 

Summer & Auxiliary Programs FAQ

Yes, there will be on-site Summer Programs in Summer 2021. Click here for a letter from the president with more information: 

2021 Summer Programs Update from Pamela Jordan, President

2021 Summer Programs Announcement Letter & Teen Programs FAQ

The current health crisis is ever-changing and best practices for safety are constantly evolving. At this time, we anticipate the following processes to help keep students safe. Guidance from state and local authorities will determine actual policies in Summer 2021. 

We ask that students start exercising increased precautions (stay at home as much as possible, wear masks in public spaces, increased hygiene practices) two weeks before arriving on campus, and to continue to exercise as many precautions as possible while traveling to Idyllwild. Other safety regulations include:

  • Requiring students to provide COVID test results before arrival to campus. 
  • Holding smaller classes in well ventilated or outdoor spaces. 
  • Only two students per dorm room.
  • Staggering Dining Hall meal times to accommodate smaller groups of students at a time. 
  • Daily Health Symptom screenings.
  • Social distancing rules and wearing masks at all times on campus.

Students who do not follow all health and safety guidelines will be subject to school discipline, up to and including being immediately dismissed from the program and sent home.

Due to the stringent safety measures and staffing requirements to protect students on campus from COVID-19, we will not be offering children’s programs or Family Week in Summer 2021. We are offering programs for students 12 years old and older, as this will allow us to present the safest program possible to students.

Recent Communications

Letter to the Community – November 5, 2021

Letter to the Community – August 31, 2021

Letter to the Community – March 24, 2021

Letter to the Community – February 24, 2021

Letter to the Community – February 3, 2021

Letter to the Community – January 20, 2021

Letter to the Community – December 23, 2020

Letter to the Community – November 25, 2020

Letter to the Community – November 11, 2020

Letter to the Community – October 28, 2020

Letter to the Community – October 20, 2020

Letter to the Community – October 14, 2020

Letter to the Community – September 30, 2020

Letter to the Community – September 23, 2020

Letter to the Community – September 9, 2020

Letter to the Community – August 4, 2020

Letter to the Community – July 28, 2020

Letter to the Community – July 21, 2020

Letter to the Community – July 7, 2020

Letter to the Community – June 23, 2020

Letter to the Community – June 16, 2020

Letter to the Community – June 8, 2020

Letter to the Community – May 26, 2020

Letter to the Community – May 19, 2020

Letter to the Community – May 12, 2020

Letter to the Community – May 5, 2020

Letter to the Community – April 28, 2020

A message from Pamela Jordan,
President and Head of School – April 23, 2020

Letter to the Community – April 7, 2020

Letter to the Community – March 31, 2020

Letter to the Community – March 23, 2020

Letter to the Community – March 17, 2020

Letter to the Community – March 10, 2020

Letter to the Community – March 2, 2020

Recent Communications
- Summer & Auxiliary Programs
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