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Santa Barbara Unified School district to close school through March

Update: All schools in Santa Barbara County will be closed through March

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Unified School District is planning for the likely closing of schools beginning next week.

A letter sent out to parents in the school district said the district is actively planning for anticipated school closures starting on Monday and remaining in place until April 3 at the earliest.

The school district said they have been working with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and all county supervisors to come up with a plan.

Earlier this week, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a recommendation to cancel or postpone events and social gatherings of more than 250 people. Santa Barbara County announced on Thursday that the county would be enforcing those restrictions.

Although schools were not included in this restriction, many local residents contacted our newsroom with concerns about keeping the schools open.

Though schools are closed, meals will be provided to children 18 years old and younger.

The following schools will be providing meals:

  • Adams Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Harding Elementary
  • Monroe Elementary
  • Dos Pueblos High School
  • San Marcos High School
  • Santa Barbara High School
  • La Cumbre Junior High
  • La Colina Junior High
  • Goleta Valley Junior High

Meals may be picked up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Parents and caregivers are advised to plan on driving their children to these sites and picking up meals from their car curbside.

They can also walk up to the meal cart and take their meal to take home.

The district say children must be present in order to receive the meal.

More details are expected to be released later Friday.

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Travis Schlepp

Travis Schlepp is the Digital Content Director for KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.


1 Comment

  1. Yes, I think you NEED to close schools. It seemed very shortsighted and uninformed to say schools would remain open, while closing group events. Kids might not always get as sick as older adults, but they are still carriers and can easily help spread the virus without even knowing it. We have to be smarter than that.

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