Non-Profit Programs of the Santa Barbara County Education Office
The Children’s Creative Project (CCP) supports arts education in Santa Barbara County’s schools. In 2019-2020, this included 400 performances for 50,000 children at 90 school sites along with performing arts workshops at school sites, and large events with touring national and international artists. CCP also hosts the annual I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival which was held online in 2020.
From the Desk of Susan Salcido
Column from Dr. Susan Salcido: What’s next for schools as Santa Barbara County moves into the red tier
Today marks an important, positive milestone for Santa Barbara County. Through our community’s collective efforts, we have moved from the purple tier to the red tier as identified by California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This change will loosen some restrictions for specific industry sectors, and once our county remains in the red tier for two additional weeks, it will mean that all schools will have the opportunity to reopen to in-person instruction.
Moving into the red tier means we are one step closer to having all students and staff back together in classrooms. We look forward to being able to address, in-person, critical needs for students and families, support the mental health of students and staff, and provide rich teaching, learning, and socialization for our youth.
Some Santa Barbara County schools have already reopened while in the purple tier through the California Department of Public Health’s elementary school waiver process for grades TK-6. Other school districts have been approved to serve limited student groups in small cohorts. Still, other districts have announced or are considering plans for a later reopening toward the end of this calendar year, at the semester break, or when the county moves into the subsequent orange tier.
With health and safety as our top priority, each of our county’s 20 school districts, charter schools, and Santa Barbara County Education Office-operated schools and programs will continue to gather input and plan for reopening in accordance with guidance from the state and local health departments.
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