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
Santa Barbara County schools reopening remotely, for now
The long-awaited answer about what schools will look like in the fall was delivered on July 17 when Governor Newsom announced all public and private schools in counties on the state’s monitoring list, which includes Santa Barbara County, must open via distance learning. This includes all public, private, and charter schools serving students from transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. Preschools may continue to serve children and families.
Although data, orders, and guidance related to COVID-19 change frequently, this update on our schools aims to shed light on what we know today about the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
Until last Friday, most districts throughout the state had operated under the assumption that reopening models would be decided for each district by its board of trustees after meeting local, state, and federal requirements, and receiving input from multiple stakeholders, including staff and parents. Governor Newsom’s order specified the model that our county’s schools, and many others in the state, are now required to follow.