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:
- Complete your daily health survey on Cleared4
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19
- Immediately notify the COVID Response Team and update your Cleared4 information if you test positive for COVID-19
- Continue required weekly PCR testing if you have a vaccine requirement exemption
- Stay current on COVID-19 vaccinations
* 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
Santa Barbara County COVID Dashboard
per CDC Data
Last updated: December 2, 2022
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.
Coming to Campus
Contact our 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.
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.
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.
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.