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School Safety Resources

Keeping Santa Barbara County schools safe
Here at the Santa Barbara County Education Office and across our county, student safety is a top priority. SBCEO supports county districts and schools in developing and supporting Comprehensive School Safety Plans and acts as an important connection between education and emergency personnel. The following resources have been compiled for schools, law enforcement, families, and the community to support the safety of all students in our county.


Bridget Baublits
Associate Superintendent, Student and Community Services
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5265 

Dennis Thomas
School Safety Liaison
(805) 964-4710, ext. 5302
cell: 805-896-6462

Comprehensive School Safety Plan

The California Education Code (sections 32280-32288) outlines the requirements of all public school districts operating any schools (including charter schools), serving grades kindergarten through 12 to write and develop a Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP) that includes strategies to prevent and educate about potential incidents involving crime and violence on school campuses.

The following resources are intended to assist Santa Barbara County School Districts with their school safety plans.

Creating a Comprehensive School Safety Plan

Presented by Bridget Baublits, Associate Superintendent, Student and Community Services

webinar & useful resources
on the opioid & fentanyl crisis

Ed. Spotlight panelists

Moderator County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Salcido with panelists Shanda Herrera (Principal, Pioneer Valley High School), Sr. Deputy George Hedricks (Community Resource & School Resource Deputy, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office), Dr. Carrick Adam (Medical Director, Santa Barbara County Juvenile Justice Center), and Melissa Wilkins (Division Chief of Alcohol & Drug Programs, Santa Barbara County Dept. of Behavioral Wellness)

Standard Response Protocol

Standard Response Protocol

The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) provides guidance to schools and first responders to facilitate clear and consistent emergency response actions. The SRP is not a replacement for any school safety plan or protocol. It is a response enhancement to critical incidents, designed to provide clear, consistent language and actions among all staff, students and first responders.

Additional resources

Santa Barbara County School Safety Symposium

School Safety Symposium Day 1
L-R: Dr. Cherylynn Lee, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office; Susan Salcido, County Superintendent of Schools; Aaron Corey, Deputy District Attorney;
Amanda Martinez, Assistant Superintendent, Goleta Union School District; Lieutenant Joseph Schmidt, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
In Fall 2023, school leaders and teams, early educators, law enforcement officials, first responders, & school resource officers convened for the first official Santa Barbara County School Safety Symposium.

Thank you to the presenters, who provided valuable information and resources and joined us from the FBI, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Campus Safety Group, and the “I Love U Guys” Foundation.