Important announcement and resources for SB Unified families and staff

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Dear Santa Barbara Unified School District families, students and staff,

The closure of all schools in Santa Barbara Unified School District will extend through the end of the academic year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While school facilities are closed, instruction – via distance learning – will continue.

We have just finished our second day of distance learning and are pleased to report that many of our teachers, principals, students and families shared that the experience was positive and went well. With support from our community partners, we are continuing to address connectivity and technology needs, so that all students have the appropriate tools to keep learning.

We realize that many will be disappointed with the news that our campuses will remain closed through the school year, but want to reiterate that our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, their families and our staff. We have made this decision in close consultation with our partnering school districts and the direction received from Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond.

Due to the extended closure, graduation ceremonies will not go forward as scheduled, although we will be exploring ideas for honoring these and other special events. We will keep you posted as we know more regarding impacts to summer school programs.

Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent