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2020 Distance Learning Update #1

August 5, 2020


Dear parents, family members, guardians and caregivers of SMBSD students:


Thank you for your patience these past few weeks. As we all continue to navigate the challenges created by the ongoing COVID pandemic, the purpose of this communication is to provide you with information about the beginning of the new school year. SMBSD is committed to ensuring that our families have the most accurate information, based on the most recent facts and guidelines available.


During the summer, our district and schools developed a comprehensive re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year to ensure that the highest quality teaching and learning will occur within the parameters allowed by the state and county agencies that oversee education and public health.


The district has finalized many of the details of the re-entry plan while also maintaining flexibility to adjust to the changing times we now live in.


All schools in Santa Barbara County will begin the school year using distance learning based on the current state requirements. Students will not be in classrooms on campus. SMBSD students will use district-provided Chromebook computers, textbooks and materials at home to receive on-line instruction from teachers, communicate with classmates, participate in lessons and complete assignments five days a week.


Your child’s school is currently preparing to initiate the school year in distance learning.  You will receive separate communications from your child’s school in the coming days with details specific to the start of the new school year. As we continue to adhere to the public health requirements regarding social distancing, school offices will remain closed to the public, however staff will be available via telephone beginning August 10 to provide specific information. 


The first day of the new school year is Thursday, August 13. On August 13, all students who have a district Chromebook or personal computer that they used last school year should make sure that it is charged and working. All students need to make sure that they remember how to log into their Google Classroom account, class email, and Clever. Younger students need to have their QR code to log in.


If a student or parent needs assistance with technology, enrollment, or any other topic, they can call 805-361-8155, M-F, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Support is provided in English, Spanish and Mixteco.


This is a lot of information, and it may not answer all your questions. Please check your email, answer calls from the schools and district, log into Parent Square, read the SMBSD Facebook page or go to the district web page so that you can get information when it is available.


We know that this is a challenging time for many people in many ways. Even though it will look different this year, school has always been a safe and essential place for your children and it will continue to be. We are excited about the start of the new school year and to have the honor to work with your children.


Thank you for the support you give our schools.