Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Updates

Latest updates for our SBCC Campus Community will be posted here. Please check back for current information. If you have any questions, please contact Luz Reyes-Martin, Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications at (805) 730-4107 or at reyesmartin@sbcc.edu

  • Dear SBCC Community,

    As you recall, our initial plan for the Fall semester was to move forward with the majority of our courses offered online, with a small percentage of classes face-to-face. We have worked diligently on those plans over the last several months. However, while we have been planning for the possibility of returning face-to-face, we have seen a change in community conditions relating to COVID-19. Since June 6, 2020, Santa Barbara County has been on the State of California’s Monitoring List and is not meeting two key criteria for further reopening of industry sectors. The Governor recently announced that K-12 schools would not be permitted to reopen until their County was off the State Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. Additionally, the California Department of Public Health has still not issued guidance for Higher Education. 

    We have been in ongoing, regular communication with our Santa Barbara County Public Health department and have determined that it is highly unlikely that our County will be able to make the needed progress in order to allow for face-to-face instruction to resume on August 24th. As such, we will proceed with beginning our Fall 2020 semester fully online. We will be working on updating our student and public facing documents to reflect this in an expeditious manner. Please note that updating all of the documents may take a few days.

    The State does allow, with approval from the local Public Health Agency, certain programs that support essential and critical infrastructure to meet in person to fulfill specific requirements. At SBCC, we have nine CTE programs that we think meet this exemption. We will proceed with developing plans, in consultation with the Public Health Department, that would allow students to meet face-to-face to fulfill certain requirements in these programs. We expect this to be limited in scope and follow strict health and safety guidelines. We hope to work out the exemptions in a couple of weeks.

    I have indicated to the Board of Trustees that should conditions not improve sufficiently by the end of September 2020, that we will make the decision to continue with fully online instruction for the rest of the Fall semester. If conditions improve and we are permitted to have face-to-face instruction, those programs that had planned to offer some instruction face-to-face will have the opportunity to do so.  

    I know this announcement will come with mixed feelings. Many of our faculty and students were cautiously optimistic about the possibility of returning on campus. However, we must put safety first. SBCC has long been exemplary in our online course offerings. I am confident that we can focus all our efforts on making the best online experience for our students and make the best of this situation. 

    We all have a shared responsibility to support our students and each other. SBCC represents a large segment of our local community. If we can rededicate ourselves to “flattening the curve” we can make a difference in our local community transmission of the virus. Please continue to follow the steps outlined by our public health experts: wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and maintain physical distancing. 

    Finally, we will also remain in the status of remote work and no in-person services till October 18, 2020. The protocol on coming to campus for specific activities and for a limited amount of time remains the same. As always, please coordinate these visits with your supervisor.

    Best regards,

    Utpal K. Goswami, Ph. D.
    Superintendent/President
    Santa Barbara City College
  • Dear SBCC Community,

    I am writing to communicate our instructional plan for credit classes for Fall 2020. Based on recent guidance provided by the state, county, and Centers for Disease Control, we have decided to offer a substantial majority of our courses online.

    However, we are also aware that for many students remote learning is not the ideal format and that some courses are difficult to teach online. Thus, we will also offer a limited number (approximately 160-170) of courses in a face to face or hybrid format, maintaining appropriate health and safety protocols. If circumstances warrant, we may add some additional face to face sections as we near the Fall 2020 term. A list of the specific face-to-face courses will be available at sbcc.edu/classes as soon as possible.

    Students will have a choice on whether to build their schedule fully online, partially online or face to face. Please note that courses scheduled as face to face or hybrid will transition to an online format should public health restrictions be re-imposed due to COVID-19.

    All Student Services, including the Luria Library and the Cartwright Learning Resources Center, will continue to be offered remotely for the duration of Summer and Fall 2020 terms. 

    It is possible that, in some instances, staff will be permitted to work on campus while providing remote services. In those instances, strict health and safety protocols will be put in place.

    We will publish the specific health and safety protocols face to face or hybrid classes by early August.

    Stay safe and looking forward to Fall 2020,

    Utpal K. Goswami, Ph. D.
    Superintendent/President
    Santa Barbara City College
  • Colleagues,

    Even though the Governor's 'stay at home' order has been partially relaxed, it does not apply to our institution. As such I am extending the remote work order for SBCC till June 15, 2020. During this period only essential personnel are required to work on campus. All other personnel should continue to work remotely.

    Utpal K. Goswami, Ph. D.
    Superintendent/President
    Santa Barbara City College
  • SBCC CARES Act application period is now closed


    The CARES Act Grant is emergency aid provided by the Federal Government. The purpose of these monies is to provide support for students who have experienced significant financial hardship(s) as a result of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

    These funds are limited and will be awarded until all funds have been exhausted using criteria established by the United States Federal Government and Santa Barbara City College. Please complete this application to the best of your ability by Wednesday, May 5 in order to be considered for the grant funding.

    Approved applications will be granted between $500-$1,000 each.

    Please monitor your SBCC pipeline email for updates about your application and to learn whether your application has been approved or denied. Decisions will be released to students beginning Monday, May 11.

    Grant awards will be disbursed through your SBCC student account beginning Friday, May 15.

    These are funds regulated by the federal government. As such, unfortunately, undocumented and international (F1 Visa) students are not eligible for these federal funds.
  • The SBCC Foundation's COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund is now closed.

    Four weeks ago, the SBCC Foundation sprang into action to support SBCC students as they faced the multiple challenges posed by having all college classes rapidly moved online, loss of paid work, homeschooling of children, and more.

    The Foundation launched the largest Emergency Grant program in its history in order to help students with immediate financial needs. These one-time grants of up to $1,000 were intended to help students in need get through the immediate financial crisis until other sources of support became available. We have received over 2,300 requests. In all, the SBCC Foundation will be providing approximately $2 million in assistance.

    If you submitted a grant application before 4:00 p.m. today, your grant will still be processed

    If you have any questions regarding grant application that were already submitted, please direct them to Rachel Johnson at johnson@sbccfoundation.org

  • April 22, 2020

    The recently passed Federal CARES Act includes funds for students to help with immediate needs related to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Santa Barbara City College has been allocated approximately $2.8 Million that will go directly to students in the form of CARES Act Emergency Grants. 

    The CARES Act Emergency Grants are separate and distinct from the SBCC Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Grants. We are enormously grateful to the SBCC Foundation for their ability to step in immediately to provide SBCC Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Grants to our students. We hope these immediate funds were able to provide students with a bridge until other public funds became available.  

    Funds from the Federal CARES Act will provide further public assistance to students experiencing hardships. SBCC will make $500 - $1,000 CARES Act Emergency Grants available until these funds are exhausted. The College must follow the federal regulations governing the use of these funds. As such, an application will be required for students requesting a CARES Act Emergency Grant. 

    Application and Considerations for Funding

    An application will be required to be considered for a CARES Act Emergency Grant. The application will be electronic and will be available in English and Spanish. The application will open on Monday, April 27, 2020

    To be eligible for a CARES Act Emergency Grant, students must be: 

    • In a credit program AND 
    • Currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 units
    • California residents or out-of-state residents. 
    • Unfortunately, international and undocumented students are not eligible for these federal funds. 
    • In addition, students must have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA or 2020-2021 FAFSA to be eligible. If you have not completed either of these FAFSAs, you can do so at fafsa.gov (there will be approximately a 3-Day turnaround from submittal to confirmation that the FAFSA was processed). 

    Applications will be prioritized.  Considerations will include: 

    We know that the true fiscal impact of the COVID-19 health emergency is profound for our students. The effects of the disruption in our operations and the impacts to our economy will be long-term. While we are grateful for the CARES Act funding, we know it is not enough to meet the ongoing needs of our students. You are encouraged to read the information about this grant opportunity carefully when it becomes available and be prepared to submit your application if you will be seeking funds. 

    For more information, please visit our SBCC CARES Act webpage.  Questions can be sent to caresact@sbcc.edu.

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    La Ley Federal CARES, que se aprobó recientemente, incluye fondos que ayudarán a los estudiantes con necesidades inmediatas relacionadas con la crisis de salud COVID-19. A Santa Barbara City College se le han asignado aproximadamente $ 2.8 millones que se destinarán directamente a los estudiantes en forma de subvenciones de emergencia de la Ley CARES.

    Las subvenciones de emergencia de la Ley CARES son separadas y distintas de las subvenciones de emergencia COVID-19 de la Fundación SBCC. Estamos enormemente agradecidos con la Fundación SBCC por su capacidad de intervenir de inmediato para proporcionar Subvenciones de Emergencia COVID-19 de la Fundación SBCC a nuestros estudiantes. Esperamos que estos fondos inmediatos puedan proporcionar a los estudiantes un puente hasta que otros fondos públicos estén disponibles.

    Los fondos de la Ley federal CARES proporcionarán más asistencia pública a los estudiantes que sufren dificultades. SBCC pondrá a disposición $ 500 - $ 1,000 Subsidios de emergencia de la Ley CARES hasta que se agoten estos fondos. El Colegio debe seguir las regulaciones federales que rigen el uso de estos fondos. Como tal, se requerirá una solicitud para los estudiantes que soliciten una beca de emergencia de la Ley CARES.

    Solicitud y consideraciones para la financiación

    Se requerirá una solicitud para ser considerada para una subvención de emergencia de la Ley CARES. La aplicación será electrónica y estará disponible en inglés y español. La aplicación se abrirá el lunes 27 de abril de 2020.

    Para ser elegible para una subvención de emergencia de la Ley CARES, los estudiantes deben ser:

    • En un programa de crédito Y
    • Actualmente inscrito en un mínimo de 6 unidades
    • Residentes de California o residentes fuera del estado (desafortunadamente, los estudiantes internacionales e indocumentados no son elegibles para estos fondos federales).
    • Además, los estudiantes deben haber completado una FAFSA 2019-2020 o una FAFSA 2020-2021 para ser elegibles. Si no ha completado ninguna de estas FAFSA, puede hacerlo en fafsa.gov (habrá un plazo de entrega de aproximadamente 3 días desde la presentación hasta la confirmación de que se procesó la FAFSA).

    Las aplicaciones serán priorizadas. Las consideraciones incluirán:

    Sabemos que el verdadero impacto fiscal de la emergencia de salud COVID-19 es profundo para nuestros estudiantes. Los efectos de la interrupción en nuestras operaciones y los impactos en nuestra economía serán a largo plazo. Si bien estamos agradecidos por la financiación de la Ley CARES, sabemos que no es suficiente para satisfacer las necesidades continuas de nuestros estudiantes. Se le recomienda leer atentamente la información sobre esta oportunidad de subvención cuando esté disponible y estar preparado para enviar su solicitud si está buscando fondos.

    Para obtener más información, visite nuestra página web de SBCC CARES Act. Las preguntas también se pueden enviar a caresact@sbcc.edu.

  • The folowing information was emailed to all students on April 9th:

    Dear Student, 

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has allowed SBCC to extend the deadline for requesting a Pass/No Pass grading option to April 24, 2020. This option would change your current grading option of A-F to the option of earning a Pass or No Pass for the course.

    A Pass/No Pass grading option earned in spring 2020 will not affect your progress/academic probation or dismissal status. If you choose the P/NP option and earn a NP in a course, you will be able to repeat the course in a future term without having to provide documentation for the reason to repeat.

    When evaluating this decision please note: 

    • Many transferring institutions may not accept all courses with Pass/No Pass grading. You are highly encouraged to check with an academic counselor about the appropriateness of taking a course Pass/No Pass for transfer to another college or university.

    Online form submission process:  

    Students may submit their Pass / No Pass request online. Simply go to www.sbcc.edu/forms and scroll down to the “Petition for Pass / No Pass” form. Click on the link for the form and login with your pipeline username and password.  You will then enter your course information and submit. The form will then be routed to your course instructor/counselor for approval and then sent to Admissions & Records for processing.

    Once you select this grading option, you cannot change the grading option back to a letter grade. This petition must be received no later than 11:59 PM on April 24, 2020 and is valid only for the spring 2020 term.

    ~Admissions & Records

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    Estimados estudiantes,

    Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, la Oficina del Canciller de los Colegios Comunitarios de California ha permitido que SBCC extienda el plazo para solicitar una opción de calificación de Pase/No Pase (P/NP) al 24 de abril de 2020. Esta opción cambiaría su opción de calificación actual de A-F a la opción de obtener un Pase o No Pase para el curso.


    Una opción de calificación de Pase / No Pase obtenida en la primavera de 2020 no afectará su progreso / período de prueba académica o estado de despido. Si elige la opción P/NP y gana un NP en un curso, podrá repetir el curso en un plazo futuro sin tener que proporcionar documentación por el motivo de la repetición.

    Al evaluar esta decisión, tenga en cuenta:

    • Muchas instituciones de transferencia pueden no aceptar todos los cursos con calificación de Pase/No Pase. Le recomendamos que consulte con un consejero académico sobre la conveniencia de tomar un curso Pase/No Pase para transferirlo a otro colegio o universidad.


    El proceso para enviar su solicitud electrónicamente:

    Los estudiantes pueden enviar su solicitud de Pase/No Pase electrónicamente. Simplemente vaya a www.sbcc.edu/forms y vaya al formulario "Petition for Pass / No Pass". Haga clic en el enlace del formulario e inicie sesión con su nombre de usuario y contraseña de Pipeline. Luego, ingresará la información de su curso y enviará la solicitud. La solicitud se enviará a su instructor/consejero del curso para su aprobación y luego se enviará a la oficina de Admisiones y Registros para su procesamiento.


    Una vez que seleccione esta opción de calificación, no podrá volver a cambiarla a una calificación de letra. Esta petición debe recibirse a más tardar a las 11:59 p.m. del 24 de abril de 2020 y es válida solo para el semestre de primavera de 2020.

    ~Admissions & Records

  • On March 30, we successfully moved over 200 tuition-free spring semester classes to a live online video conference format. I am so proud of our team - managers, instructors, staff and students - for the incredible work to move us forward in a very short period of time. We couldn’t have done this without you and your willingness to come together in the new way, to keep us going and stay connected. Thank you for transitioning with us and attending our live video classes. I have heard so many wonderful stories of students and instructors enjoying this new experience!

    While we continue to be under a social distancing order from the State, our goal at Extended Learning is to continue to provide as many opportunities as possible to stay connected and continue learning even though we cannot meet in person. As such, we have moved our summer classes to online through live video, with very few cancellations. We are maintaining the days and time of classes as scheduled, and simply moving to live video. Please visit our home page for the most up-to-date offerings through live video, and contact us if you have questions.

    Thank you for trusting us to bring you high quality instruction even in the face of these unprecedented challenges. And thank you for continuing to do what you do so well - keeping our Extended Learning community strong. We look forward to “seeing” you in class.

    Melissa Moreno
    Vice President, SBCC School of Extended Learning

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  • I am writing to let you know that I am extending the remote work protocol that we have been operating under to at least May 15, 2020 or until the Governor rescinds the statewide Stay at Home Order, whichever is later. We will resume on-campus operations utilizing the statewide relaxation guidelines as they become available.

    Please plan accordingly. I know that this period has been difficult on many fronts. I appreciate how you have stepped up. Stay safe and stay healthy.

  • Dear SBCC Students, Staff and Faculty:

    As we continue to work through our community, state and national response to COVID-19, your strength, flexibility and collaboration has been remarkable. Thank you.

    All summer I and II 2020 instruction will be online. We are working to address the conversion of the summer schedule to an entirely online set of offerings. Courses that are now showing as “closed” may be reopened as we convert them to an online format.

    All instruction will be remote. If you see a classroom listed, please note that the course will not be offered in the classroom, but online instead. Student services, including personal and academic counseling, library and tutorial support, will be available for students.

    Thank you for your patience during this difficult time,
    Pamela

    en Español

    Estimados estudiantes, personal y profesores de SBCC:

    A medida que continuamos trabajando a través de nuestra respuesta comunitaria, estatal y nacional a COVID-19, su fuerza, flexibilidad y colaboración han sido notables. ¡Gracias!

    Toda la instrucción del verano I y II 2020 será en línea. Estamos trabajando en la transformación del horario de verano a una opción completa de clases en línea. Los cursos que ahora se muestran como "cerrados" podrán ser reabiertos cuando los convirtamos a un formato online.

    Todas la educación serán a distancia. Si ven un aula listada, por favor tengan en cuenta que el curso no se ofrecerá en el aula, sino en línea. Los servicios para los estudiantes, incluyendo asesoramiento personal y académico, biblioteca y apoyo de tutoría, estarán disponibles para los estudiantes.

    Gracias por su paciencia durante este difícil momento,
    Pamela

  • Dear Campus Community,

    Monday, March 30, 2020 students will be resuming Spring 2020 classes online.

    Observing Governor Newsom’s order to Stay-at-Home and practice social distancing is of utmost importance for our community. We are aware that some students do not have access to reliable internet access or a computer in order to continue their studies online. We will continue with Chromebook check-out opportunities as supplies become available. IT is also working on obtaining and distributing internet hotspots that can be checked out for personal wifi use.

    If you would like the opportunity to bring a mobile or laptop device to access campus wifi, we are making that option available. Those wishing to do so may park in West Campus Parking LOT 4-D, East Campus Parking LOT 1-A, East Campus Parking LOT 1-B (see map showing the wifi strength in purple and orange). In order to participate, you must remain in your personal vehicle to observe social distancing.

    Campus Security will be monitoring the campus and will be asking students to stay in their vehicles and not sit on campus property (refrain from using picnic tables, seating areas or grouping). Please understand this is to comply with social distancing orders from Public Health officials.

    Here are some important tips regarding the campus during its online operations and student wifi and computer protocol:

    • Regarding campus access for students: Please stay in your vehicle while utilizing campus wifi
    • Restrooms on campus are closed, please plan accordingly.
    • Be mindful to not drain your vehicle battery.
    • Maintain at least TWO parking stalls between your and other vehicles.
    • The Library will continue offering Chromebook checkout. After check out, you are asked to return to your vehicle or home. Check our Student Resources page for more information on Chromebook checkout and what you need to do to obtain a hotspot.

    You may contact Campus Safety at 805-730-4200 with any safety matters.

  • Good Morning SBCC Community ~

    As we return from Spring Break, we find ourselves in the midst of a rapidly evolving health and economic crisis. In addition to the challenges posed by moving all college courses online, we know that thousands of SBCC students have been impacted by the loss of paid work, homeschooling of children, and near elimination of childcare options.

    The SBCC Foundation remains committed to our core mission of supporting SBCC students as they pursue their educational goals. In this moment, we know that the additional barriers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic make that particularly difficult for many.

    The Foundation is therefore making emergency grants available to current SBCC students with immediate financial needs. These grants will be available within 72 hours (3 days) after requests are received.

    All of the details and the application form (as a PDF and a Google Form in both Spanish and English) may be found here:

    COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund Application for SBCC Students

    Please share this information as needed, and don't hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.

  • As we resume instruction, albeit remotely, on Monday, March 30, I have additional updates to share with you. We continue to receive a lot of questions and concerns about a number of different issues. We’ve been working on several fronts to address them. Details and updates on these issues will be posted to a new “Student Resources” page on the SBCC COVID-19 webpage.

    Internet Access:

    We recognize that computer and internet access is a significant issue for a number of our students. We have developed a multi-pronged solution to address this matter:

    1. We will be opening Parking Lot 4D on West Campus for students to come to campus, park, and utilize the campus Wi-Fi from their vehicle. In general, students will be required to remain in their vehicles. Campus Security will monitor the parking lot to ensure that strict social distancing is being followed. Vehicles should be parked such that there is an empty parking spot between the vehicles. Accessing the internet this way is entirely voluntary.

    2. The College has placed an order to purchase 500 internet hotspots and will provide them to students with the highest financial need, on a first come first serve basis. [Note: Due to heavy demand, there will be a supplier based delay in receiving hotspots.] Students in need of a hotspot should fill out the attached form.

    SBCC Hotspot Request Form

    (The college has also placed an order for a limited number of Chromebooks bundled with hotspots for students who may need both a Chromebook and a hotspot. The same form can be utilized to make this request.)

    3. Students will also have the option of receiving grants [see below] from the SBCC Foundation (again, based on financial need) to make their own arrangements for internet access (upgrading their plan, add data, buy hotspots through various providers…).

    Emergency Grants:

    While this is a Public Health emergency, we know that it is also an economic crisis. We are incredibly grateful that the SBCC Foundation has developed an Emergency Grant program for students. The details of the program (including the relevant application form) will be shared by Foundation CEO Geoff Green on Monday morning and will be posted in the student resources page mentioned above. We thank them for their continued support of students. Please be on the lookout for this announcement.

    Withdrawals/Refunds:

    There have been questions about excused withdrawals and refunds. If you are still currently registered in courses beyond the date of March 13, 2020, and are impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, you may request an Excused Withdrawal (EW). The college is currently formalizing a process for students to make this request—this may take a week or so. My suggestion to students is to continue with your coursework since you will have ample time (at least to the end of April) to get an excused withdrawal without impacting your GPA. Concerns surrounding excused withdrawals, providing for Pass/Fail option and refunds have been major topics system-wide for the California Community Colleges. In addition, the recently passed Federal bill has implications for financial aid. It is worth waiting for additional information before making this important decision to withdraw. We will provide more information once details are finalized.

    Commencement:

    I know many of you were disappointed about the decision not to hold an in-person Commencement this year. We are also saddened that this will not be possible. Our SBCC team is working diligently to ensure there is a meaningful virtual commencement for our graduates on May 8. In addition, we are committed to having an in-person ceremony at a later date. All current graduates will have the opportunity to participate in the in-person ceremony. You will have several months’ notice before this ceremony so that you can make plans, should you wish to participate.

    Difficult to Convert Classes:

    There are courses that cannot be converted to online/alternative format. We have 27 courses that fall in that category. Students enrolled in those courses will be individually contacted regarding how we intend to proceed, since the classes will have to be handled on a case by case basis—the absolute last option would be to cancel the class.

    Thank you for your continued patience - this is uncharted territory for all of us. I thank all of the Faculty, Staff, and Administrators for their continued work to ensure instruction continues and that we serve students. And thank you Students for your willingness and resolve under adverse circumstances. Please don’t hesitate to take advantage of available counseling services. Talking through your issues will help. We will continue to navigate this situation together, following the guidance of our Public Health officials. Please continue to check the website and your pipeline account for most up to date information. We are all looking forward to safely resuming our daily activities on campus. Meanwhile, stay positive and healthy.

  • SBCC Community,

    What we anticipated to be a joyful Spring Break has found most of us staying home, keeping close track of the news, and living with a great deal of uncertainty. I want to update the campus on our response to the COVID-19 health emergency and provide some additional information.

    The SBCC Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Monday, March 23. It was the first virtual Board Meeting. The Board declared an ‘Emergency’ and adopted a resolution granting me, as the Superintendent/President, the authority to make necessary decisions to respond to the changing environment. I am appreciative of the Board’s confidence and support in continuing to do whatever we can do support our students and employees. A final version of the adopted resolution will be posted to the website.

    As a reminder, a declaration of emergency has implications for public employees. AP 3505 notes that “Government Code Sections 3100-3101 state that all employees of the District are declared civil defense workers during emergencies, subject to such defense activities as may be assigned to them.” At this point, no one has been assigned duties as civil defense workers.

    As you know, I directed all credit instruction to be offered remotely by March 30. Further, online instruction will continue till the end of the semester. I am pleased to report that the faculty have made remarkable progress in a short period of time. As reported at the special Board Meeting, roughly 75% of all face to face courses have already been moved online, with an additional 20% in progress. Thus, we will have 95% of our courses moved to an online format by the end of spring break. This is a truly commendable achievement. I know that could not have been achieved without the dedicated work of faculty, staff and administration working collaboratively with a can do attitude. I am deeply appreciative of the efforts to ensure continuity of instruction for students.

    In the School of Extended Learning, the team has been working diligently to move as many sections as possible to an online format. As a result of their efforts, it appears that only 11.5% of overall noncredit sections will have to be canceled.

    As you know, the decision was made to move all in-person, on-campus services and operations remotely through March 29. We are now also operating under the Governor’s stay at home order. We have received guidance from the Chancellor’s office regarding provision of essential services during the duration of the stat at home order. Based on that we expect bringing in some essential employees for on limited campus-based work, maintaining social distancing. Area Vice Presidents are tasked with determining what employees or functions are essential and to communicate that to their employees. My expectation is that the number employees coming on campus will be limited. Mangers are asked to continue working remotely with their teams and provide alternative assignments as needed. Human Resources has compiled examples of Remote Training Opportunities for staff. Employees should expect this arrangement to continue through, at least, April 24. Should conditions change we will modify the remote working arrangements. We will continue to monitor changing events and will communicate any changes as soon as possible.

    Another note for Employees, the Supplement Retirement Plan (SRP) will proceed as planned. However, with the concurrence constituent leadership, of the deadline to submit your paperwork will be extended to April 24, 2020. The official notification to the eligible employees will come from PARS. There are no additional changes to the SRP at this time. [Note for faculty only: faculty opting for one of the later retirement dates can pick, as an alternative if the chosen window is not viable, an earlier retirement date.]

    Now, for our students and SBCC community, it saddens me very deeply to share that a decision has been made not to hold an in-person Commencement this May. All indications from our Governor and Public Health experts are that the restrictions on large gatherings will continue for some time. State Chancellor Oakley has advised Community Colleges to cancel or postpone in-person commencement activities. Like you, I was looking forward to celebrating this important milestone in person. We know that celebrating your achievements is deeply important. We will hold a virtual commencement that will coincide with our regularly planned event - May 8, 2020 at 5 PM. More information about virtual Commencement will be shared as plans are finalized. Expect to hear more about this by the first week of April. We are committed to ensuring the virtual commencement is meaningful for all participants.

    Lastly, questions have begun about the status of our Summer sessions. At this time, we are planning to offer both credit Summer sessions in the online-only format. We may add in person classes should conditions improve. Extended Learning will continue with plans to offer noncredit courses remotely.

    We are also working with the Foundation to provide emergency assistance to students, especially in obtaining wi-fi access. You should be hearing about the emergency assistance process within a day or two.

    As you can see, even though our campuses are empty, the work of running the Institution and serving students continues. I thank all of you for your tireless efforts and your continued dedication to our College and students. I urge you to continue to follow directions from our Public Health experts. We will continue to post updates and resources to our SBCC COVID-19 webpage. We will get through this by continuing to work together and not losing sight of our mission as a Community College.

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    Comunidad de SBCC,

    Lo que anticipamos como unas alegres vacaciones de primavera nos han encontrado a la mayoría quedándonos en casa, siguiendo de cerca las noticias, y viviendo con una gran incertidumbre lo que sucede. Quiero poner al día al campus sobre nuestra respuesta de emergencia de salud de COVID-19 y proporcionar alguna información adicional.

    El Consejo de Administración del SBCC (Board of Trustees) tuvo una reunión especial el Lunes 23 de Marzo. Fue la primera reunión virtual de la Directiva. La Directiva declaró una "Emergencia" y adoptó una resolución que me otorga, como Superintendente/Presidente, la autoridad para tomar las decisiones necesarias para responder al entorno cambiante. Aprecio la confianza y el apoyo de la Directiva para continuar haciendo todo lo que podamos para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y empleados. Una versión final de la resolución adoptada será publicada en la página web de SBCC.

    Como recordatorio, una declaración de emergencia tiene implicaciones para los empleados públicos. AP 3505 señala que "Las Secciones 3100-3101 del Código de Gobierno establecen que todos los empleados del Distrito son declarados trabajadores de defensa civil durante las emergencias, sujetos a las actividades de defensa que se les asignen". Hasta ahora, nadie ha sido asignado a tareas de defensa civil.

    Como saben, ordené que toda instrucción de crédito se ofrezca a distancia para el 30 de Marzo. Además, la instrucción en línea continuará hasta el final del semestre. Me complace informar que la facultad ha hecho un progreso notable en un corto período de tiempo. Como se informó en la reunión especial de la Directiva, aproximadamente el 75% de todos los cursos ya están en línea, con un 20% adicional en progreso. Por lo tanto, tendremos el 95% de nuestros cursos trasladados a un formato en línea para el final de las vacaciones de primavera. Este es un logro verdaderamente admirable. Sé que no podría haberse logrado sin el trabajo y la dedicación de la facultad y colaboración del personal y la administración que han mantenido una actitud de "si se puede". Aprecio profundamente los esfuerzos para asegurar la continuidad de la instrucción de los estudiantes.

    En la Escuela de Aprendizaje Extendido (SEL), el equipo ha estado trabajando diligentemente para trasladar el mayor número posible de secciones a un formato en línea. Como resultado de sus esfuerzos, parece que sólo el 11.5% del total de las secciones sin créditos tendrá que ser cancelado.

    Como saben, se tomó la decisión de trasladar todos los servicios y operaciones en persona y en el campus de forma remota hasta el 29 de Marzo. Ahora también estamos operando bajo la orden del Gobernador de permanecer en casa. Hemos recibido orientación de la oficina del Canciller en cuanto a la prestación de servicios esenciales durante la duración de la orden de permanencia en casa. Basado en eso esperamos traer algunos empleados esenciales para el trabajo limitado en el campus, manteniendo el distanciamiento social. Los Vicepresidentes de Área tienen la tarea de determinar qué empleados o funciones son esenciales y comunicarlo a sus empleados. Mi expectativa es que el número de empleados que vengan al campus sea limitado. Se les pide que continúen trabajando a distancia con sus equipos y que proporcionen asignaciones alternativas según sea necesario. Recursos Humanos ha compilado ejemplos de oportunidades de capacitación a distancia para el personal. Los empleados deben esperar que este acuerdo continúe, al menos, hasta el 24 de Abril. Si las condiciones cambian, modificaremos los acuerdos de trabajo a distancia. Continuaremos monitoreando todos estos eventos y comunicaremos cualquier cambio tan pronto como sea posible.

    Otra nota para los empleados es el Plan de Jubilación Suplementario (SRP) procederá según lo previsto. No obstante, la Directiva acordó en extender la fecha límite para presentar su documentación hasta el 24 de Abril de 2020. La notificación oficial a los empleados elegibles será envía de PERS. No hay cambios adicionales al SRP en este momento. [Nota para la facultad solamente: la facultad que opte por una de las fechas de jubilación más tardías puede elegir ya sea una alternativa si la ventana elegida no es viable, una fecha de jubilación más temprana.]

    Me entristece profundamente compartir con nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad de SBCC que se ha tomado la decisión de no hacer la ceremonia de graduación en persona en Mayo. Todas las indicaciones de nuestro Gobernador y expertos en Salud Pública coinciden en que las restricciones a reuniones grandes continuarán por tiempo indefinido. El Canciller del Estado Oakley ha aconsejado a los Colegios Comunitarios que cancelen o pospongan las actividades de graduación en persona. Al igual que ustedes, esperaba celebrar este importante momento en persona. Sabemos que celebrar sus logros es muy importante. Tendremos una graduación virtual que coincidirá con nuestro evento planeado - el 8 de Mayo de 2020 a las 5 pm. Se compartirá más información sobre la graduación virtual a medida que se finalicen los planes. Tendremos más información en la primera semana de Abril. Nos comprometemos a que la graduación virtual sea significativa para todos los participantes.

    Por último, hemos tenido preguntas acerca de las sesiones de verano. En este momento, estamos planeando ofrecer ambas sesiones de crédito de verano en el formato sólo en línea. Si es posible y las condiciones mejoran podremos añadir clases en persona. Extended Learning continuará con planes para ofrecer cursos sin créditos a distancia.

    También estamos trabajando con la Fundación para proporcionar asistencia de emergencia a los estudiantes, especialmente en la obtener acceso de wi-fi. Tendremos más información acerca del proceso de asistencia de emergencia dentro de un día o dos.

    Como pueden ver, aunque nuestros campus estén vacíos, el trabajo de dirigir la Institución y servir a los estudiantes continúa. Agradezco a todos ustedes por sus incansables esfuerzos y su continua dedicación a nuestro Colegio y a los estudiantes. Les pido a seguir las instrucciones de nuestros expertos en salud pública. Seguiremos publicando actualizaciones y recursos en nuestra página web de SBCC COVID-19. Lo lograremos trabajando juntos y sin perder de vista nuestra misión como Colegio Comunitario.

  • SBCC Community,
     
    You may be aware that the Governor has issued a statewide 'Stay at  Home' oder. (Here is the text of the order: https://covid19.ca.gov/ img/N-33-20.pdf).   In response to that order, the state chancellor's office has issued a clarification that community colleges are to do their best to ensure continuity of instruction while limiting personnel coming to campus.
     
    As such I would like to clarify how SBCC would move forward:
    • online instruction will continue as scheduled (students should continue to follow their normal procedure for attending online classes)
    • Staff will continue to telecommute as you have been doing so. (Staff members without a telecommuting arrangement will stay home with pay. We will develop telecommuting assignments for all staff over the next few days).
    • Except for security personnel, no employee should report for work until further notice. The list of essential employees/functions will be developed by Monday, March 23.
    We may be in this situation for a while. We will have to work collaboratively and collegially to find ways to make all this work while continuing to provide instruction.
     
    Finally, regarding the COVID-19 notification. The volume of emails make it clear that you want to know more. And I understand your concern/questions. As a public health matter, this is being handled by the Public Health Department. Contact tracing/monitoring/ notification is being done according to PHD protocol and is being handled by the Public Health Department. What I can tell you is that if you have not yet been contacted by PHD then the assumption should be that a determination has been made that PHD contact is not warranted at this time.
     
    Please take all the precautions you can take. We are at a stage where our probability of contracting the virus is predicated by the fact that we are members of the community at large. I have no doubt that several, if not many, from the SBCC family will contract COVID-19--not because they are part of SBCC but because they are part of the larger Santa Barbara area community. It is also my hope that the manifestation will be mild and without complications.
     
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    Comunidad de SBCC,

    Como sabrán el Gobernador ha emitido una orden estatal de "Quedarse en casa". (Aquí está el texto de la orden: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/N-33-20.pdf).   En respuesta a esa orden, la oficina del canciller del estado ha emitido una aclaración de que los colegios comunitarios deben hacer lo mejor para asegurar la continuidad de la instrucción mientras se limita el personal que viene al campus.

    Como tal, me gustaría aclarar cómo procederá SBCC:

    • la instrucción en línea continuará según lo programado (los estudiantes deben seguir su procedimiento normal para asistir a las clases en línea)
    • El personal continuará trabajando a distancia como lo ha estado haciendo. (Los funcionarios que no tengan un acuerdo de teletrabajo se quedarán en casa con paga. Desarrollaremos asignaciones de teletrabajo para todo el personal en los próximos días).
    • excepto el personal de seguridad, ningún empleado debe presentarse a trabajar hasta nuevo aviso. La lista de empleados/funciones esenciales será desarrollada el Lunes 23 de Marzo.

    Puede que estemos en esta situación por un tiempo. Tendremos que trabajar con nuestros colegas en colaboración para encontrar la manera de hacer que todo esto funcione mientras continuamos proporcionando instrucción.

    Por último, en cuanto a la notificación de COVID-19. El volumen de correos electrónicos deja claro que quieren saber más sobre la situación y entiendo su preocupación y preguntas. Como un asunto de salud pública, esto está siendo manejado por el Departamento de Salud Pública (PHD por sus siglas en ingles). El rastreo de contactos/monitoreo/notificaciones se está haciendo y manejando según el protocolo del PHD. Lo que puedo decirles es que, si aún no ha sido contactado por el PHD, entonces la suposición debería ser que se ha determinado que el contacto con el PHD no está justificado en este momento.

    Por favor, tome todas las precauciones que pueda. Estamos en una etapa en la que nuestra probabilidad de contraer el virus se basa en el hecho de que somos miembros de la comunidad en general. No tengo ninguna duda de que varios, si no muchos, de la familia SBCC contraerán el COVID-19... no porque sean parte de SBCC sino porque son parte de la comunidad más grande del área de Santa Bárbara. También espero que la manifestación sea leve y sin complicaciones.

     

  • SBCC Community,

    Today, we were informed by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) that a currently enrolled credit student is positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I am sharing this information to provide awareness and understanding of what this means for our campus community.

    The student in question is in isolation at home until cleared by the Public Health Officer. PHD is taking steps to identify persons who may have had close contact with the student, including friends, family members, or health care professionals. PHD will monitor them and take appropriate measures, including testing for infection if needed.

    The student is enrolled in a single course this semester. Due to patient privacy laws, we will not be disclosing any personal or academic information about the student. We are providing our full support to PHD in conducting their investigation. We are also providing support to the student.

    You are all aware that Santa Barbara City College moved all credit instruction online effective Monday, March 16. Instruction will continue online for the remainder of the Spring term. All in-person, on-campus operations are suspended from March 16-29. Student services and operations continue in remote/virtual offerings.

    I urge every member of our community to continue adhering to basic health, cleaning habits, and social distancing to help prevent contracting and spreading illnesses. Please continue to look for guidance and information from our County Public Health Department via their COVID-19 public website. Also, continue to visit SBCC’s COVID-19 page, which has information and updates relevant to our campus community.

    I understand this is a challenging time for our community and our country. SBCC continues to actively monitor COVID-19 issues and follow the guidance of local public health authorities. I am grateful and appreciative of how the SBCC community has come together to do what is necessary, care for each other, and showing your willingness to navigate the many disruptions we are working through.

     

    I want to restate that as stated earlier PHD is taking steps to identify persons who have been in close contact with the student and take appropriate measures including testing.

    If you have not been contacted by PHD then you are safe to assume that you were not in class with the student. 

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    Comunidad de SBCC,


    Hoy, fuimos informados por el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara (PHD) que un estudiante que actualmente está inscrito en clases de crédito dio positivo en COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Estoy compartiendo esta información para dar a conocer y comprender lo que esto significa para nuestra comunidad en el campus.

    El estudiante en cuestión está en aislamiento en su casa hasta que el oficial de salud pública lo autorice. El PHD está tomando medidas para identificar a las personas que pueden haber tenido un contacto cercano con el estudiante, incluyendo amigos, familiares o profesionales de salud. PHD los monitoreará y tomará las medidas apropiadas, incluyendo pruebas de infección si es necesario.

    El estudiante está inscrito en un solo curso este semestre. Debido a las leyes de privacidad del paciente, no revelaremos ninguna información personal o académica sobre el estudiante. Estamos proporcionando nuestro apoyo total a PHD en la realización de su investigación. También estamos proporcionando apoyo al estudiante.

    Todos ustedes saben que Santa Bárbara City College trasladó toda la instrucción de clases de créditos en línea a partir del Lunes 16 de Marzo. La instrucción continuará en línea por el resto del semestre de primavera. Todas las operaciones en persona en el campus se suspenden del 16 al 29 de Marzo. Los servicios y operaciones estudiantiles continúan de forma virtuales o remotas.

    Les pido a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad a que continúen manteniendo su salud básica, los hábitos de limpieza y el distanciamiento social para ayudar a prevenir el contagio y la propagación de enfermedades. Por favor, continúen buscando orientación e información en nuestro Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado a través de su sitio web COVID-19. También, continúe visitando la página COVID-19 de SBCC, que tiene información y actualizaciones relevantes para nuestra comunidad.

    Entiendo que es un momento difícil para nuestra comunidad y nuestro país. SBCC continúa monitoreando activamente los temas acerca COVID-19 y sigue la guía de las autoridades locales de salud pública. Estoy agradecido y aprecio la forma en que la comunidad de SBCC se ha unido para hacer lo que es necesario, cuidarse mutuamente y mostrar su disposición de navegar por las muchas interrupciones por las que estamos pasando.

     

    Quiero reafirmar, como mencione anteriormente, PHD está tomando medidas para identificar a las personas que han estado en contacto cercano con el estudiante y tomarán las medidas apropiadas incluyendo pruebas. Si no ha sido contactado por PHD entonces es seguro asumir que no estuvo en clase o contacto con el estudiante.  

  • In light of developing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19, we want to reassure everyone that financial aid disbursements and student account refunds are being processed as normally as possible. 

    However, like the rest of the college, the Fiscal Services office will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 and are currently scheduled to reopen Monday, March 30. During this time, all checks will be mailed to the address listed on your Pipeline account, unless you are signed up for Direct Deposit.  Please be sure to log into Pipeline and check that your address is updated and correct.  

    As a friendly reminder, your financial aid and student account refunds can be set up to be received via direct deposit.  Direct Deposit offers convenient and timelier payments.

    You can sign up for direct deposit directly from your student portal in Pipeline.  Instructions are listed below:

    1. Log on to your student portal in Pipeline.
    2. Select Studenttab.
    3. Select Student Resources.
    4. Select Student Account.
    5. Select Refunds.
    6. Click on Direct Deposit Sign Up.
    7. Enter the bank information as instructed on the page.


    Students who enroll by midnight on Tuesday will have their next financial aid disbursement directly deposited into their bank account.

    For Housing Insecure Students who typically pick up your financial aid check:

    If you are unable to set up an address for your check to be mailed or a direct deposit, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor at finaid@pipeline.sbcc.edu to request that your financial aid check be held.  These checks will not be available for pick up until the campus re-opens.

  • As of March 16, 2020 Student Health & Wellness Services is closed for in person counseling and medical appointments due to the elevated threat of COVID-19 in the Santa Barbara area.

    In order to meet the needs of our students during this difficult time, we will be offering telehealth support to students. If you are having an emergency, please dial 911.

    Contact Lacey Peters at ljpeters1@pipeline.sbcc.edu or Alyson Bostwick at bostwick@sbcc.edu and a Personal Counselor will reach out to you via email or by phone regarding mental health support, resources, and referrals. (Please include your K number and phone number in the body of the email).

    Contact Laura Fariss at llfariss@sbcc.edu and an RN will reach out to you via email or by phone regarding medical support, resources and referrals. (Please include your K number and phone number in the body of the email)

    Below is a list of important medical and mental health resources that can help support you:

    Santa Barbara County Public Health Department for latest COVID-19 information:
    https://www.countyofsb.org/phd/

    Cottage Hospital Emergency Services:
    https://www.cottagehealth.org/services/emergency-medicine-trauma-services/

    Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics:
    https://sbclinics.org/

    Are you Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency?
    In the case of a physical or mental health emergency, Please Call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

    Emergency and Crisis Hotline Information
    If you or someone you know is at risk for harm to self or others and you want to talk to a mental health specialist immediately, call one of the crisis numbers listed below. Help is available.

    Text COURAGE to 741741 (24-7)

    Call

    • Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, Crisis Response and Service Access Line 1-888-868-1649
    • Safe Alternatives for Treatment of Youth (SAFTY) SAFTY 1-888-334-2777
    • Ventura County Healthcare Agency, Crisis Response & Service Access Line 1-866-998-2243
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

    South County:

    North County:

    Ventura County:

    Additional Crisis Hotlines

    • National Suicide Hotline at 877-727-4747
    • LGBTQ Youth Hotline at 866-488-7386
    • Translifeline at 877-565-8860
    • Veterans Crisis Hotline at 800-273-8255
    • Standing Together to End Sexual Assault at 805-564-3696
    • Nationwide RAINN National Rape Crisis Hotline at 800-656-HOPE
    • Domestic Violence Solutions Crisis Hotline at 805-964-5245
  • SBCC Community, 

    Based on the elevated threat of COVID-19 in the Santa Barbara area, I am announcing the following actions:

    • In-person, on-campus operations are suspended beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29 (March 23-29 is our Spring Break). This applies to Main, Schott, and Wake Campuses, as well as to all off-campus sites, including Cosmetology Academy, Parent-Child Workshops, and Orfalea Learning Center. 

    • All lecture instruction will be offered online through the remainder of the Spring Semester. 

    • In-person lab instruction that is not online is suspended until March 30. If a lab course is not online by March 30, the lab course will be canceled.

    • Instruction in the School of Extended Learning is also suspended from March 16 through March 29. Extended Learning courses that cannot be brought online by March 30 will be canceled through the remainder of the Spring Semester.

    • We are suspending on-campus, in-person services and operations from March 16 through March 29. 

    • Employees will work remotely March 16 through March 29. Supervisors will contact employees with specific information about telecommuting.

    • Food Service and the Campus Store will cease operations from March 16 through March 29.

    • If you have questions specific to your job function, please contact your supervisor. 

    This transition will not be without difficulties and will likely also have unintended consequences.  I urge your patience and understanding as we work through uncharted waters.
    Please contact your instructor and instructional officials with questions regarding courses. Similarly, please contact your supervisor regarding your job-related questions. I have also instructed the Vice-Presidents to issue clarifying instructions related to their areas.
     

    We continue to assess the ongoing situation. Updates will continue to be shared with the campus as the situation warrants. Take care and stay healthy,

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    Comunidad de SBCC, 

    Basado en la amenaza elevada de COVID-19 en el área de Santa Bárbara, estoy anunciando las siguientes acciones: 

    • Las operaciones en persona en el campus se suspenden desde el Lunes 16 de Marzo hasta el Domingo 29 de Marzo (nuestras vacaciones de primavera son del 23 al 29 de Marzo). Esto se aplica al campus principal, Schott y Wake campus. Así como a todos los sitios fuera del campus incluida la Academia de Cosmetología y los talleres para padres e hijos y el Centro de aprendizaje Orfalea.
    • Todas las clases teóricas se ofrecerán en línea durante el resto del semestre de primavera.
    • La instrucción de laboratorio en persona que no está en línea se suspende hasta el 30 de Marzo. Si un curso de laboratorio no está en línea antes del 30 de Marzo, el curso de laboratorio se cancelará.
    • La instrucción en la Escuela de Aprendizaje Extendido (SEL por sus siglas en inglés) también se suspende del 16 de Marzo al 29 de Marzo. Los cursos de Aprendizaje Extendido que no se pueden poner en línea antes del 30 de Marzo se cancelarán durante el resto del semestre de primavera.
    • Estamos suspendiendo los servicios y las operaciones en persona en el campus desde el 16 de Marzo hasta el 29 de Marzo.
    • Los empleados trabajarán de forma remota del 16 al 29 de Marzo. Los supervisores contactarán a los empleados con información específica sobre el trabajo de forma remota.
    • Los servicios de comida y la tienda del Campus dejarán de funcionar del 16 al 29 de Marzo.
    • Si tiene preguntas específicas sobre su función laboral, comuníquese con su supervisor.

    Esta transición no estará exenta de dificultades y probablemente también tendrá consecuencias no deseadas. Les pido su paciencia y comprensión mientras trabajamos en aguas desconocidas.

    Comuníquese con su instructor y funcionarios de instrucción si tiene preguntas sobre los cursos. 

    Del mismo modo, comuníquese con su supervisor con respecto a sus preguntas relacionadas con el trabajo. También he dado instrucciones a los Vicepresidentes para que redacten instrucciones específicas relacionadas con sus áreas.

    Continuamos evaluando la situación existente. Todas las actualizaciones se seguirán compartiendo con el campus a medida que la situación lo amerite. 

  • A message from Superintendent/President Dr. Utpal Goswami:
     
    With the rapidly evolving public health emergency and the need for continued social distancing, I must inform you that, effective Monday, March 16th, I have asked that all credit lecture classes must be moved to an online format. At this time, lab classes that cannot be offered online will continue to meet in-person.
    Non-credit and fee based courses (offered primarily at Wake and Shott campuses) are not yet ready to be offered online. Those classes have been temporarily cancelled for the week of March 16-20. A number of those courses will open in conference/synchronous online format on March 30.
    All SBCC campuses will remain open. All business, administrative, and student services offices will remain open. Employees with health vulnerabilities are being given options to telecommute with the approval of their manager.

    Here are responses to some questions students may have:

    How will I know the details regarding my class? 
    Your instructor will post instructions in Canvas before Monday, March 16. Please continue to check your email (pipeline account) and Canvas for information from your instructor.

    What if I do not have access to the internet and/or computers to take classes?
    Computer labs on campus and the Luria Library will remain open. Students can voluntarily chose to come to campus to utilize computer or other support services.

    What about services such as tutoring, DSPS, counseling, food pantry...?
    The college will remain open to provide those services. Some services may be available online.

    What if my class has a lab or activity component...?
    We will have labs open. You may be able to do some labs online. You may have to come to campus to do the lab work. We are providing this option to students so that they can complete the minimum requirements to receive credit (per Title V regulations).

    How long will this last?

    Plan on this arrangement to remain in place at least until April 3.[Note: March 23-29 is spring break]

    We will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation with local health agencies and educational partners and will take appropriate actions as circumstances demand.
  • Due to concerns over COVID-19, today, March 12, 2020, the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors voted to postpone indefinitely, practices outside of regularly scheduled classes, and competition for all spring sports and those sports in their nontraditional seasons. This means all athletics games at SBCC are postponed indefinitely, effective immediately. 

     

  • SBCC Campus Community,

    I want to update you on additional actions we are taking based on new guidance issued by California Department of Public Health regarding nonessential public gatherings. Effective immediately, all non-essential public gatherings and events are cancelled through April 15, 2020. The timeline may be extended as circumstances warrant.

    This action means that the following public gatherings and events, including but not limited to the following, are canceled through April 15, 2020:

    • All Student Club Events
    • Campus Tour
    • Public Dance Performances
    • Public Theatre Production Performances
    • Public Music Performances
    • Group Programming in the Center for Equity and Social Justice
    • Group Programming in the UMOJA Center
    • Group Programming in the STEM/MESA Center
    • Group Programming in the Learning Resource Center
    • Group Programming in the Career Center
    • Group Programming in the WELL
    • Vaquero Access Days
    • Edible Book Festival
    • Surf Fest and Swap Meet
    • Science Discovery Day
    • Send Silence Packing Event
    • New Tenured Faculty Reception
    • All other external Special Events


    For now,
    Athletic events will continue but without fan attendance until otherwise directed. If you have specific questions about your event, please contact your area dean, manager, or Student Club Advisor.

    Work-related activities, such as committees and department-level meetings, will continue as planned unless otherwise directed.

  • SBCC Campus Community,
     
    I am writing to update you on our response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We have received a lot of questions about the current status of operations at SBCC and if we will be closing. SBCC will not close our campuses unless directed to do so by the County Public Health Department. Currently, all SBCC operations and classes are continuing normally. No classes have been canceled. All other SBCC operations are open, with normal business hours. That being said, we have and are implementing voluntary precautionary measures in response to COVID-19. You are already aware of new cleaning machines, antibacterial supplies, admonition to stay home if you are feeling sick, taking individual precautionary measures such as hand washing etc. [I also want you to realize that the easiest decision for me is to close campus and hoping that we can move some classes online. I also know that if we were to do that it would have placed many, perhaps, the majority of students, in a situation where they will not be able to receive credit for the semester. We can award credit if we can get students to about 80% of the prescribed total student work. Thus, I have made the difficult decision to stay open as long as possible to get students to that juncture. Going forward, I am prepared to close campus if the risk to the safety of students and employees is elevated depending on what is happening around us.]
     
    Meanwhile, as a next step, we are taking steps to reduce the volume of individuals gathered on campus. Credit Courses that are already approved to be moved online have begun transitioning to an online format effective today. We are also looking at all our other courses. To the extent possible, all other courses are being worked on to move online. Please note that Not all classes will be able to be offered online. Our faculty will be creative in finding solutions to how we can take students across the finish line without compromising quality. Students will receive communication from their instructors with further directions if there is a need to move additional classes online. In addition, planning is underway to keep other services open (email regarding direct deposit and such).
     
    We have also been working with managers for the last few days to prepare telecommuting plans to allow employees to work from home where feasible. That plan will be rolled out tomorrow.
     
    You have also received other updates from members of the President's Cabinet. Please continue to check your email regularly for additional information. Community emergencies typically produces a plethora of misinformation. I would therefore caution against reading too much into every bit of information that emerges.
    We will keep you updated every day. Such updates will likely come from me or Luz. We will get through this together.
     
     
  • SBCC continues to work closely with Santa Barbara County Public Health. We currently do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our County. As such, Public Health is not currently recommending that we move all of our in-person instruction online. For the last several weeks, we have been reviewing our emergency plans. Part of those plans includes being prepared to offer in-person instruction in an online format. Different from a UC institution, California Community Colleges must obtain approval from the State Chancellor’s Office to move in-person courses to an online format. We are in the process of obtaining that approval. For classes that are ready to move online more easily, those will begin to be offered in an online format as early as Thursday, March 12. We will escalate our response as the circumstances warrant.
  • Santa Barbara City College continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) virus situation. As of today, March 10, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campuses or in the County of Santa Barbara.
     

    Our Emergency Services team has been meeting regularly to review our Emergency Operations Plan for health emergencies. In addition, we are in regular communication with the County of Santa Barbara, County Department of Public Health, the State Chancellor’s office, and County partners. Currently, there are no recommendations by Public Health officials to suspend campus operations or modify class schedules. However, as this is a fluid situation, we are taking steps to be prepared in the event this guidance changes.

    The well-being of our campus community is our highest priority. We are working collaboratively across the institution to review and adapt our response and continuity plans to maintain a healthy and safe learning and working environment for all.

    The following are updates to the campus community on what steps we have taken thus far:

    Facilities

    • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes have been ordered and will be distributed campuswide for regular use as soon as they arrive on campus.
    • Employees are advised to utilize provided disinfectant wipes to keep their work areas clean throughout the day.
    • We have enhanced our daily cleaning protocols with our custodial team to ensure regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
    • Specialized cleaning machines that utilize disinfectants were purchased to enhance the cleanliness in all restrooms.
    • Bilingual hand washing flyers will be posted in restrooms throughout all campuses.

    Instruction

    • At this time, there is no guidance from our County Public Health Department to alter our regular operations. As such, all classes continue to operate normally.
    • We are diligently preparing to provide instruction solely online where feasible in the event we need to do so.

    For Employees

    • All employees are advised to stay home if they are exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms. These include runny nose, cough, sore throat, respiratory symptoms, or fever. At this time, please use your available sick leave time for these absences.
    • Managers will be working with their teams to develop telecommuting plans for employees who can work remotely - particularly those from vulnerable populations.
    • All employees are encouraged to set up Direct Deposit to ensure there are no delays in receiving your paycheck should there be any interruption in campus business operations.
    • Employees are strongly advised against international travel during spring break.

    For Students

    • All students are advised to stay home if they are exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms. These include runny nose, cough, sore throat, respiratory symptoms, or fever. Please communicate with your instructor regarding absences.
    • Students DO NOT need an excuse note from Student Health & Wellness or any other medical provider if they need to be absent from class.
    • SBCC students are strongly advised against international travel during spring break.

    We are very thankful to everyone, across the institution, who has been working to address this current situation. This is a fluid, national emergency and we will need to work collaboratively to respond to issues as they arise. We know that many in our community are understandably anxious about COVID-19 and the uncertainty that it poses. We have faced emergencies in the recent past and have demonstrated our ability to pull together to respond.

  • Santa Barbara County Public Health launched an information hotline to answer questions the community may have about the Coronavirus.

    The phone number is 805-681-4373.

    Callers will reach a recorded message, and they have the option to listen in either English or Spanish.

    The recorded message covers general information on the Coronavirus, including the current status of the outbreak, as well as symptoms to look out for.

  • SBCC students are strongly advised against international travel during spring break.
     
    Flight cancelations, quarantines, and border closures have been implemented by several countries on short notice. The college strongly recommends postponing non-essential personal travel outside the US at this time.If quarantined, you may be at risk of significant additional financial burden as you may be required to pay for the associated costs. Additionally, being quarantined, voluntarily or involuntarily, may result in you not being able to complete your academic semester. Furthermore, if you were to become ill, or injured, seeking medical assistance may either expose you to greater health risks or it could become impossible to assure a reasonable level of medical care for you as healthcare systems may be over-extended.
     
    Travelers arriving on campus from international destinations may be required to complete a health screening process and/or isolation measures as the rapidly evolving information about COVID 19 becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Italy. SBCC currently has a Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy. We are deploying our protocols to cancel the program and work with partners to facilitate the safe and timely return of all students and faculty. 

  • SBCC has Pandemic protocols in our Emergency Operations Plan. The Health and Safety of our students and employees is a top priority. We have a team in place that has been reviewing, updating and implementing planning efforts to respond to impacts relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We are in regular communication with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to inform our efforts. 
     
    We are regularly monitoring updates to this fluid situation. At this time, there are no changes to our classes or other operations at our Main, Wake and Schott Campuses. Here are some highlights of the actions we have taken thus far:
    • Our team is meeting weekly to plan and respond to potential impacts to our College. 
    • We are implementing operational protocols including, but not limited to, providing hand sanitizer, implementing additional protocols with our custodial team to sanitize spaces, providing other sanitizing products campuswide. 
    • Providing multi-lingual information about healthy personal hygiene
    • Continuing to work closely with our Student Health and Wellness Department.
    • We are making plans to allow for online instruction for classes - if needed. 
    • Our International Programs Office is communicating regularly with our International students  
  • SBCC currently has a group of 26 students in Florence accompanied by SBCC faculty.  Currently, as per the U.S. Department of State and the CDC, there is a Level 2 travel advisory/health advisory in place, which encourages travelers to “exercise increased caution” while traveling in Italy.  At this point, the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to Italy. 

    The Dean overseeing the Study Abroad program is in daily communication with the SBCC faculty director and the ACCENT overseas study center, our service provider for the program. The following steps have been taken to date:

    • As consistent with most other U.S. institutions that currently operate study abroad programs in Italy, we are closely monitoring the situation and are following guidelines issued by CDC, WHO, and local health authorities.  

    • Students are provided with frequent updates and have been advised not to travel to the rural areas affected by COVID-19, per guidance from local health authorities.

    • Visits to museums and other places frequented by international tourists have been temporarily suspended, and excursions outside of Florence have been postponed to a later date.

    • All program participants have been registered with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and enrolled with the nearest U.S. consulate. 

    • Should the U.S. Department of State or the CDC issue a travel advisory advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Italy or to leave the country, the Study Abroad Office - in collaboration with the program service provider, the nearest U.S. consulate, and overseas and local health officials - will assist students with their travel arrangements and immediately return students to the U.S.