Non-Profit Programs of the Santa Barbara County Education Office
The Children’s Creative Project supports TK-12 arts education in Santa Barbara County schools. In 2019-2020 this included 400 performances and arts workshops for 50,000 children at 90 school sites. Throughout the pandemic, CCP has provided critical arts programming through virtual offerings and is eager to return to in-person experiences this school year. In addition to performances and workshops, CCP hosts large events with touring national and international artists. CCP also hosts the annual I Madonnari Festival to raise additional funds for in-school arts education.
The mission of Partners in Education is to connect businesses and volunteers with Santa Barbara County schools in ways that prepare students for the world ahead. Through our programming, 332,787 total volunteer hours were delivered to more than 100 schools and afterschool programs; 893 high school students have received Paid Job Readiness Training and 770 have been matched with internships; and 14,000 computers have been distributed to individuals and families.
From the Desk of Susan Salcido
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
As school begins and routines shift from summer to school mode, students, staff, and families adjust in multiple ways to help launch the year successfully. Children and family members learn bus schedules, sort out carpools, reset morning alarms, and excitedly wait to see which friends are in their classes. Teachers and staff reunite at schools ahead of the students to thoughtfully prepare a vibrant, fulfilling, inclusive experience for every student.
Due to evolving COVID-19 conditions, emotions will vary over the next few weeks: individuals may be excited and anxious, they may look forward to school and after-school activities while worrying that some activities may need to close in the future, and many may wonder what change will be next. The Governor’s Office and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued orders and guidance for TK- 12 schools to support their goal for all students to access safe, in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible. Based on these requirements, here is what is in place as we begin the school year:
PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS NO LONGER REQUIRED INDOORS
The State of California adopted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance that in-person instruction can occur safely without physical distancing requirements as long as masking indoors for students and staff is in place. Districts have the latitude to organize classrooms and groups of students without physical distancing requirements. Schools may also utilize outside spaces for student activities throughout the day. Lifting the physical distancing requirement allows for full-time in-person instruction.
FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED INDOORS
All students and staff indoors must wear face coverings indoors and on school buses and other modes of public transportation. However, face coverings are optional in outdoor settings. CDPH has indicated it will decide on updates or revisions to the mask requirements for all TK-12 schools no later than November 1.
DISTANCE LEARNING ELIMINATED; INDEPENDENT STUDY OPTIONS AVAILABLE
Independent study options are available for students whose health may be at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. These options may include district-based programs, inter-district transfers to other independent study programs, or existing online independent charter programs.