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Throughout the 2021-22, we will continue to communicate regular updates via ParentSquare and our website. As we have throughout the pandemic, Santa Barbara Unified will continue to adhere to the guidance set forth by the state and county departments of Public Health pertaining to schools.


9/24/2021 Press Release: Santa Barbara Unified School Board Votes to Require All Employees to be Vaccinated Against COVID, Without Option for Testing

COVID-19 Symptom Response Protocols


K-12 Schools Guidance Questions & Answers
COVID Vaccine Facts
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  • California Department of Public Health School Guidance & Safety Plan: [Bilingual Website]

  • SBUSD COVID Prevention Program : [English] | [Spanish]

2021-2022 SBUSD COVID Safety Plan

Classroom Ventilation:


SB Unified Town Hall Forum on School Reopening with Q&A: [ENGLISH VIDEO] | [SPANISH VIDEO]

  • During the 2020-2021 school year, Board President Kate Ford and Superintendent Maldonado sent the following letter to Santa Barbara County Public Health officials advocating for Santa Barbara Unified educators to be given priority access to COVID vaccinations:  [English] | [Spanish

Instructional Options 2021-2022

In Person Instruction:  Our campuses are all open for in-person instruction.

Independent Study for grades TK-12 via the district's Alta Vista School program:
We know that in person school is the optimal learning environment for our students. We are no longer offering Distance Learning for the 2021/22 school year. New legislation (AB130) requires that school districts offer Independent Study for any student grade TK-12 not attending in-person instruction. The options for Independent Study are outlined on our Santa Barbara Unified Independent Study page:

AB104: Important new legislation on Grade Changes/Retention:  New legislation allows families to request that their child be retained (AB104) . We will communicate more details on this in the coming days. Please refer to the following FORM to request a grade change to Pass/No Pass.

Masks Requirement: Per state Public Health guidance, all students and staff are required to wear masks indoors while on school campuses. Outdoors, masks are optional and not required, but are encouraged for large events or where crowds are expected.

Vaccinations: We encourage vaccinations for all people who are eligible to receive one. At this time, only people 12 and older are eligible. A vaccination is not required to attend school. Free walk-in vaccination clinics locations found HERE.

Food Services: All students 18 and under will receive free breakfast and lunch, regardless of income status. No meal application is required.

iPass Screening: As in the Spring, students and staff will continue to use iPass prior to entering a campus or building. iPass is a daily COVID-19 symptom questionnaire that ensures students and staff entering campus do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19.

If you need additional support or have questions, please contact your school office or the district Family Engagement Unit:
Email:  feu@sbunified.org 
Hotline: 805-696-2701 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday