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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the SBCC Community

As of September 1, Santa Barbara County remains in the "Low" tier for community transmission (CDC COVID-19 Community Levels).

What does this mean for employees and students coming to SBCC campuses?

  • Masks are strongly recommended indoors but NOT required.

Please remember to:

* For access to masks, as well as more information or answers to questions not covered here, visit a welcome table on-campus!

Please, note:  SBCC COVID protocols are subject to change with the evolving developments of COVID-19 infections in the SB County.

COVID-19 Masking Guidelines
  • Low Tier - Strongly Recommended
  • Medium Tier - Required
  • High Tier - Required

COVID-19 Directrices de uso de Mascarillas
  • Nivel Bajo - Encarecidamente recomendado
  • Nivel Medio - Requerido
  • Nivel Alto - Requerido
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Santa Barbara County COVID Dashboard

per CDC Data
Last updated: December 2, 2022

Case rate per 100,000 population (one week interval)
New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (one week interval)
Percent staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19
Current community transmission level

CDC COVID Data Tracker - Santa Barbara County

4 Key Steps for a Safer Campus


SBCC's vaccine requirement remains in effect for Fall semester for all in-person students and employees on campus.


Testing requirements remain in place for unvaccinated, symptomatic, close contacts and/or a recent positive test.


Complete a daily health survey on Cleared4.


At present indoor masking is strongly recommended, but not required.
Wearing an approved mask indoors is required during "medium" or "high" tier of a community transmission.

Coming to Campus

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COVID Response Team

Questions? Find someone who can help

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Testing Info

Need to get tested?  Click for dates, times, and locations at all three campuses

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Visiting Campus

Coming on-campus?  Here's what you need to know

Contact our COVID Response Team!

COVID Response Team

Frequently Asked Questions


  • At present, masks are optional outdoors, and strongly recommended but not required indoors due to "Low" level of COVID-19 community transmission in Santa Barbara County.

    Please, note that SBCC follows a tiered approach with masking guidelines reflecting the changing levels of COVID-19 community transmission in our county.  Regardless of vaccination status, face masks aligned with county public health guidance are required in all indoor campus facilities when in "Medium" or "High" transmission rates based on CDC Community Levels

  • Vaccination requirement or a combination of an SBCC approved exemption and a weekly negative COVID-19 PCR test remains in effect through January 1, 2023 for all in-person students and faculty and staff working on campus (e.g. library, student affairs, learning resource center, etc.)

    Effective January 1, 2023, the COVID-19 vaccine requirement as a condition of working in-person and participating in in-person activities at the District’s Main, Wake, and Schott campuses will be removed for all students and employees. Students registering for the Spring Semester 2023 are no longer required to be vaccinated to sign up for in-person classes.

    See Board Resolution 10

  • Do not come to campus.

    Fill out Cleared4 health survey indicating the exposure, symptoms or test result as appropriate.

    Check your Cleared4 account to assure that you have a correct phone and email on file to be assisted by the SBCC COVID Response Team.

    If tested by provider, other than Aptitude, upload your test result into your Cleared4.

    Respond to the SBCC COVID Response Team in a timely manner.

For Students

  • If you are taking in-person classes during the Fall 2022 semester, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. You must fill out the Cleared4 health survey daily prior to coming to campus.

    Effective January 1, 2023, the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for working, studying and participating in in-person activities at the District’s Main, Wake, and Schott campuses will be removed. Students registering for Spring Semester 2023 will no longer be required to be vaccinated to study in-person.

  • Please, assure accuracy of your phone and email contact information in your Cleared4 account. This information is used by the SBCC COVID Response team to contact you with the appropriate instructions and information. 

  • With the return to in-person classes, parking enforcement has also begun starting with the Fall 2021 semester. For more info on obtaining a parking permit, click here.

  • While SBCC strongly recommends vaccination to help reduce the impact of the Delta variant on the community, vaccination is only a requirement to enter SBCC campus buildings or teaching locations during the Fall 2022 semester. If you are taking only online classes or do not anticipate needing to enter any campus buildings or teaching locations, then we do not need to verify your vaccination status at this time.

  • Yes!  The Luria Library has chromebooks and hotspots available to check-out, with curbside pickup an option. Library staff are ready to assist you as you begin your journey this semester.

    Online hours
    Services: online chat research/reference support from a librarian during all of the hours below.

    • Monday through Thursday  9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Friday  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Sunday  1 p.m. - 9 p.m.


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Business Services Projects

See how Business Services is working to return staff, faculty, and students back to campus safely

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Human Resources

Planning a visit or preparing to return to campus?  Visit HR's Return to Campus page to learn more

Public Health Resources

SB County Health

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department


CA Dept. Public Health

California Department of Public Health



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Santa Barbara County Data

CDC COVID Data Tracker

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