COVID-19: Important notice regarding school closure


Attention families, staff and students of SB Unified:

We are forwarding you an important message from Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido that reflects the collaboration between SB Unified, our partner districts across the county, the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

Santa Barbara County schools are united in their decision to cancel schools beginning next week. Each district has the flexibility to begin cancelling Monday, March 16, with full closure no later than Wednesday, March 18. Santa Barbara Unified schools are closing beginning Monday, March 16, through (at least) Friday, April 3.

District officials are working on a plan to continue providing meals to our students during the school closure. We will send more details as soon as they become available.

Thank you,
SB Unified school district officials

Message from Santa Barbara County Education Office:

Santa Barbara County K-12 Public School Closure

Closure Begins No Later than March 18 and continues through the end of March

With the COVID-19 situation changing rapidly, the Santa Barbara County K-12 Public School Superintendents, charter school administrators, and Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido have been carefully evaluating the possibility of school closure for students throughout Santa Barbara County.   Leaders have been meeting regularly to evaluate this complex issue.  Today, in cooperation with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD), the decision has been made to close all schools by Wednesday, March 18. By proactively making this difficult decision, districts can implement their plans in light of their individual community needs.

“The closure of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instruction, social connection and cognitive engagement.  This was a very difficult decision, which was not made lightly,” said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido.  “Our school leaders recognize that this closure has widespread ramifications and are working to address impacts such as nutrition for students who typically receive meals during the school day.”

At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso said, “We support the decision to close public schools. While there are no confirmed cases at this time, this demonstration of social distancing will help to slow the spread of the virus and minimize the public health impacts in our community.”

Some of our districts have 20,000 students in suburban areas and others operate in rural locations with fewer than 100 students.  This plan allows for some flexibility for each district to implement their closure plan with their communities in mind.

Classes will not resume before the end of March.  Given the dynamic situation, decisions related to reconvening will be made in conjunction with SBCPHD.