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State announces new restrictions: SB Unified to continue operating small cohorts and athletic pods

Camie Barnwell

Attention to our families and staff,

This afternoon Governor Newsom announced that in regions where hospital ICU (intensive care unit) capacity is less than 15%, a three week stay-at-home order will be activated. Santa Barbara County lies within the Southern California region. Because of the current status of ICU capacity throughout our region, we will be under the stay-at-home order in the next few days. 

The governor stated that schools and districts that have opened under waivers will continue to be allowed to operate during a shutdown.  While SB Unified was not allowed to apply for a waiver at this time, we are allowed to continue operating small cohorts and athletic pods under both Purple (Widespread) and Red (Substantial) Tiers.  As such, we will continue with small cohorts and athletic pods under the stay-at-home orders and maintain these opportunities for students so long as the state permits.  

We realize that this stay-at-home order has many implications for our school communities and may inspire questions and concerns.  Families of students who are participating in small cohorts or athletic pods are encouraged to communicate with their principal.  Staff should direct their general inquiries to their supervisor, but communicate with Human Resources regarding questions related to absences, sick time, and work assignments.

Our Food Services meal distribution will continue to serve our community as normal.

In the days ahead, we will provide you with more detailed information as appropriate and with updates should information change.

To read more about the stay-at-home-order, go to: covid19.ca.gov

To access the SB County Public Health Dashboard, go to: https://publichealthsbc.org/data/

Santa Barbara Unified School District Officials