Santa Barbara School Closures

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(Goleta Sunrise on Thursday / Stephen Mihalic)

Updated by Edhat Staff
2:30 p.m., December 11, 2017

School Closures December 11-15:

  • Ballard School District
  • Buellton School District
  • Carpinteria Unified School District
  • Cold Spring School District
  • College School District
  • Goleta Union School District
  • Hope Elementary School
  • Los Olivos School District
  • Montecito Union School District
  • Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Solvang School District
  • Vista del Mar School Districts
  • Cate School
  • Laguna Blanca School
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • UCSB (classes postponed until 1/8)
  • Bishop Diego High School
  • Westmont College

School Closures December 11-12:

  • Lompoc Unified School District
  • Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Districts
  • Peabody School​

School Closures December 11, Open December 12:

  • Blochman School District
  • Guadalupe Union School District
  • Orcutt Union School District
  • Santa Maria-Bonita School District
  • Santa Maria Joint Union School District

Updated by Santa Barbara County Education Office
7:55 a.m., December 11, 2017

LATEST SCHOOL CLOSURE INFO, EFFECTIVE 7:55AM DEC 11
 
Closed Dec 11-15: Carpinteria Unified, Cold Spring, Goleta Union, Hope, Montecito Union, and Santa Barbara Unified School, and Vista del Mar School Districts. 
 
Closed Dec 11: Ballard, Blochman, Buellton, College, Guadalupe Union, Lompoc Unified, Los Olivos, Orcutt Union, Santa Maria-Bonita, Santa Maria Joint Union, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, and Solvang School Districts.


Updated by Santa Barbara County Education Office
6:30 p.m., December 10, 2017

EFFECTIVE 6:21 PM DEC 10
 
Closed Dec 11-15: Carpinteria Unified, Cold Spring, Goleta Union, Hope, Montecito Union, and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts
 
Closed Dec 11: Ballard, Blochman, Buellton, College, Guadalupe Union, Lompoc Unified, Los Olivos, Orcutt Union, Santa Maria-Bonita, Santa Maria Joint Union, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Solvang, and Vista del Mar School Districts. 

Due to wide-ranging factors of Thomas Fire, Santa Barbara Unified schools will be closed until after winter break, reopening Tuesday, January 2, 2018 
 
The following message was provided by Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka to our school community this evening: 
 
We have made the difficult decision to close Santa Barbara Unified for the entire week of December 11-15, 2017. I appreciate your continued engagement with your school community. Many of us have felt the impact of the Thomas Fire over this last week that has now advanced into Santa Barbara County. We are proud of the work of our staff and families to support emergency personnel, evacuees, students, family members, and fellow colleagues as we continue to find ways to serve one another during this time. 
 
Following the Thomas Fire Operational community meeting held at San Marcos High School this afternoon we decided to close our schools for the remainder of this week, December 11 - 15. This is as a result of wide range of factors that affect our school community including air quality, mandatory evacuations, and developments of the Thomas Fire. We will be assessing our schools in preparation for re-opening following winter break on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. 
 
Santa Barbara Unified School District employees are asked to stay home for the remainder of the week. 
 
SBCC

Due to the ongoing nature of this fire, all SBCC campuses will remain closed until Monday, December 18th. This closure includes Main, Wake and Schott campuses as well as Cosmetology and Child Centers. 

Staff and Faculty should not come to campus. Students should not come to campus. 


Source: Santa Barbara County Education Office
11:22 a.m., December 10, 2017

EFFECTIVE 11:10 AM DEC 10: Carpinteria Unified Schools and District Office will remain closed this week, Dec. 11-15. School will resume after the holiday break on Jan. 8. 

EFFECTIVE 9:30 DEC 10: College School District in Santa Ynez will be closed Monday, Dec 11.

EFFECTIVE 7:20 AM DEC 10: Carpinteria School District, Cold Spring School District, Goleta Union School District, Hope School District, Montecito Union School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District, and Vista del Mar Union School District will be closed Monday, December 11.

Adelante Charter, Peabody Charter, Santa Barbara Charter will be closed Monday Dec. 11. 
 
Please continue to check with individual school and/or district websites for up-to-date information, as fire, air, and traffic conditions could change suddenly. 

Source: Santa Barbara Unified School District
2:20 p.m., December 9, 2017

This is an an official announcement that Santa Barbara Unified School District’s closure will remain in effect Monday, December 11th. All after-school programs will remain closed as well. We continue to closely monitor the Thomas Fire impact to air quality as well as mandatory evacuations and road closures that affect our school communities. 
 
Ensuring the safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority and we will be implementing a reopening plan for all of our facilities that include cleaning ash, assessing our interior hallways and classrooms. Those staff that are able to report to work Monday, will assist in this assessment. 
 
Pending any changes in the Thomas Fire, we anticipate reopening on Tuesday, December 12th to all students and staff.
 
By Santa Barbara County Education Office
December 9, 2017
 
Cold Spring and Montecito Union are planning to resume school on Monday, Dec. 11. 
 
Santa Barbara Unified, Goleta Union, Hope District are planning to resume school on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Peabody Charter School, Adelante Charter School, Santa Barbara Charter School are planning to resume school on Tuesday, Dec. 12. 
 
Carpinteria Unified is planning to resume school on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
 
Please continue to check with individual school and/or district websites for up-to-date information, as fire, air, and traffic conditions could change over the weekend. For a complete list of Santa Barbara County public school districts, web sites, phone numbers, etc., please visit http://sbceo.org/districts-and-schools/

By Santa Barbara City College
December 9, 2017

SBCC Campuses will remain closed on Sunday December 10 and Monday December 11.  Crews will be working to safely remove ash from campus buildings and outdoor areas in anticipation of reopening on Tuesday, December 12. 

Students are asked NOT come to campus. Staff and Faculty are asked NOT come to campus. 

Please continue to check the sbcc.edu website for updates


[Updated at 3:30 p.m., December 7, 2017]

Early Thursday morning, local school district offices began announcing the closure of schools due to advances of the Thomas Fire towards Santa Barbara County and air quality.

The Carpinteria Unified School District closed on Wednesday and has yet to reopen. 

All Santa Barbara Unified schools closed this morning due to changes in the development of the Thomas Fire. All certificated and classified staff were asked to not report to work, but their facilities will be on standby for emergency personnel. 

The following districts have announced closures for Friday, Dec. 8:
  • Carpinteria Unified School District 
  • Cold Spring School District 
  • Goleta Union School District 
  • Hope Elementary School District 
  • Montecito Union School District 
  • Santa Barbara Unified School District
 
The following schools have announced closures for Friday, Dec. 8:
  • Carpinteria Unified School District 
  • Cold Spring School District 
  • Goleta Union School District 
  • Hope Elementary School District 
  • Montecito Union School District 
  • Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Vista del Mar Union School District
  • Adelante Charter School
  • College School District
  • Westmont College
  • Peabody Charter School
  • Santa Barbara Charter School
  • Cate School
  • Santa Barbara Middle School
  • Laguna Blanca School

 

Santa Barbara City College made the announcement to remain closed through Saturday, December 9. All campuses will be closed Thursday 12/7, Friday 12/8 and Saturday 12/9. This includes all scheduled SBCC activities (including scheduled SBCC Board meeting), as well as the Main, Wake and Schott campuses, Cosmetology Building and all off-site programs. 

Students, staff, and faculty were told to not report to campus.

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sb1985 Dec 10, 2017 05:30 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

SBCC Will be closed 12/11 - 12/15 and is set to re reopen on Monday 12/18. Since it is technically winter break now I don't know what will happen for those that had finals last week when the campus closed.

a-1513129532 Dec 11, 2017 10:56 AM
Santa Barbara School Closures

UCSB is having finals in January. SBCC did get through some of their finals week, I believe campus was only closed for 1.5 out of 5 finals days.

ASantaBarbarian Dec 10, 2017 07:13 AM
Santa Barbara School Closures

Yeah this is pretty sketchy, especially as a student myself. Looks like snow. I guess Santa Barbara will for once be having a white Christmas.

Bodyboarder73 Dec 09, 2017 08:46 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

Ugh. Don't you think they'll just make up the missed days by extending the school year into the summer, thus shortening the summer break? My kid's have asthma, they'll stay until this smoke is gone.

a-1513129532 Dec 11, 2017 10:57 AM
Santa Barbara School Closures

Why "ugh"? Would you rather the kids without asthma have to attend, just so you won't have to make up days in the summer? Weird.

Kew Dec 09, 2017 05:51 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

What about Carpinteria Unified School District? Have they announced a closure for Monday and Tuesday?

a-1513129532 Dec 09, 2017 04:03 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

Goleta Union School District closed to students on Monday (staff only), and Tuesday will be reopened to students.

sacjon Dec 07, 2017 05:01 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

YETI i just saw that Marborg is cancelling services tomorrow due to air quality. Sounds like a lot of places/services are shutting down due to the massive amounts of particulate matter. No need to get all bent about the schools. Obviously, it's a health hazard.

a-1513129532 Dec 07, 2017 04:56 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

YETI - I'm sure those in charge did so for a reason. ALL school functions are cancelled including my son's Winter sing festival tomorrow night. The air is toxic right now, look at any pollution monitoring sites. This is nothing I've seen in my 41 years here. Masks are sold put and people are waiting on huge lines at Costco for them. NO ONE should be outside unless necessary. So, thanks for your snarky "opinions" about those in charge of our childrens' health during the day, but I for one am a glad parent that they closed up today.

Ducky Dec 07, 2017 04:40 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

I’m betting that it’s a staffing issue, Yeti. I wouldn’t be surprised if much of the staff are not able to make it here from VE and Ojai. Could be wrong, of course...

a-1513129532 Dec 07, 2017 09:02 PM
Santa Barbara School Closures

What this screed says about your values and world view is extremely depressing.

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