Santa Barbara Unified School District
Santa Barbara Unified School District serves the city of Santa Barbara and Goleta and California. The district serves 14,335 students.
In August 2021, the Santa Barbara Unified School Board passed a resolution mandating all school employees to be vaccinated against COVID. Staff for the school district are expected to be vaccinated prior to the start of the school year or must undergo mandatory testing. The Board further voted to implement mandatory COVID-19 testing for all K-12 students.
Soon after the vote, the governor, Gavin Newsom, mandated that all educational staff in California public schools submit proof of vaccination or undergo weekly COVID testing, beginning in the Fall 2021 Semester.
The district’s school board has previously attracted headlines for its controversial votes. In June of 2020, the board met to declare a week in February as an annual, “Black Lives Matter in School Week.” In January of 2021, the school board voted to eliminate “D’s,” and “F’s” from student transcripts.
Upon implementation, students will now receive an “incomplete” or a “no credit” instead of a failing grade. The policy was specifically tailored to benefit minority and low-income students that had been negatively impacted by virtual learning since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.
Updated – September 29, 2021