School campuses closed for 2019-2020 school year; Services will be provided through distance learning

Today, Governor Newsom announced his expectation that all school districts and charter school classrooms in California continue with distance learning and other essential supports through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This means that while K-12 public school and charter school campuses in Santa Barbara County are closed, distance learning will continue. 

 “We understand that school closures create serious hardships for many families.  School districts in Santa Barbara County are following the guidance of the Governor, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and believe this is the most effective way to slow the transmission of this pandemic,” said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido.  “We must do our part by continuing to implement social distancing practices and flatten the curve.”   

School districts continue to plan and implement high-quality distance learning, and work on connectivity and technology needs that address equity and student access for all students.  Districts throughout Santa Barbara County continue to provide meals for youth while maintaining social distancing.  Santa Barbara County’s schools are committed to ensuring students have the resources and services they need to continue their learning and engagement despite the closure of our school facilities. 

The Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) will continue to work with the California Department of Education and school partners on important topics including grades, credits, and graduation requirements.  Specific questions should be directed to the respective school districts. 

“We are deeply grateful to our school communities for their flexibility during this unprecedented time, and appreciate the tremendous resilience and creativity demonstrated,” said Dr. Salcido.  “Thank you to everyone for working together to stop the spread of COVID-19.”