Important Information & Updates From the Desk of Superintendent Maldonado.

Camie Barnwell

Dear students, families and staff of Santa Barbara Unified,

We have many updates to share with you this week. On Monday, we began COVID surveillance testing for our elementary students. About 67% of parents/guardians provided consent for their students to be tested. There were 589 negatives, two positives, and four unknowns from this week’s surveillance testing.

It is important that we continue to do everything we can to keep COVID out of our schools and help keep our students and staff healthy and safe. 

We ask that parents/guardians who have questions or doubts please contact their students’ principal. We want to ensure all questions and concerns are addressed. 

WEEKLY COVID NEWSLETTER
Each Friday, I will be sharing with you our weekly COVID Newsletter containing our latest COVID data as well as other updates as we continue to do our part to mitigate and prevent the spread of the virus.

MOBILE VACCINE CLINICS COMING TO A SCHOOL NEAR YOU. SEE FLYER FOR MORE DETAILS: 
We are happy to announce a partnership between Santa Barbara County Health Department and Cottage Health to bring free vaccination opportunities to your community.
 

  • Dos Pueblos High School: Wednesday, September 22, 4 pm-7 pm
  • La Cumbre Junior High:  Monday, September 27th, 4 pm-7 pm
  • Dos Pueblos High School: Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30 am-10 am
  • Goleta Valley Junior High:  Monday, October 4th, 4 pm-7 pm
  • Santa Barbara Junior High:  Tuesday, October 5th, 4 pm-7 pm
  • Santa Barbara High School: Monday, October 11th, 6:30 am-10 am

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VACCINATION RECORD REQUESTED OF VACCINATED SECONDARY STUDENTS

SB Unified is requesting that vaccinated students provide their COVID vaccination record to assist us with surveillance testing and contact tracing. This information will be helpful in ensuring that we are all safe and healthy.

If your student is vaccinated, please follow these Instructions for submitting a student’s COVID Vaccination Card/Record in Aeries.

Trustee Elections/California Voting Rights Act: Public Outreach Webinars in October
In accordance with the California Voting Rights Act, Santa Barbara Unified is transitioning from at-large School Board elections to trustee-area elections. Two public hearings were held in September. Several community outreach webinars will be held via Zoom webinar in October for anyone interested in contributing and learning more about this process. Please see our district website TIMELINE for details.  

HIGH SCHOOL VOTER EDUCATION WEEKS
September 13 to 24, 2021 has been designated High School Voter Education Weeks by the state of California. In order to educate our students about the importance of voting and participating as a citizen in a democracy, 12th-grade social studies teachers are reviewing registration and voting information with their students. They are hearing basic information on what it means to register to vote, who is eligible to register, and the main ideas supported by each political party so that students can make an informed decision if they choose to register for a specific political party.

In order to register, students must:

  • be a citizen of the United States,
  • be a resident of California, and
  • be at least 16 years old. California law allows 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register. When the students turn 18 their pre-registration automatically rolls over to a permanent voter registration.

We continue to recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month throughout September, and have been providing resources and supports each day on Social Media.

Throughout the district, we are also honoring Hispanic-Latina/o/x Heritage Month, which takes place September 15-October 15, 2021. Please follow us on social media to see how our schools are recognizing this important time period.

Please reference two resolutions passed by the School Board this week.
Latina/o/x Heritage Month
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

I’d like to close by recognizing that Yom Kippur took place on Wednesday and Thursday. For those families who observe this tradition, I hope you had a meaningful day of atonement and reflection.

Thank you,

Dr. Hilda Maldonado
Superintendent

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