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A message from Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers Ph.D.

July, 30 2021 - A message from Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D.

"From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been following the guidance  of the CDC, California Department of Public Health and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department on returning to campus. We intend to continue to follow that guidance as we prepare for students to return.

As we look forward to what is coming from our public health experts, we are doing our best to balance the need for students to be back on campus while creating a safe environment. Over the summer our facilities staff has changed out building filtration systems, installing the highest filtration system we can. We have also ordered additional portable air purifiers for offices and classroom spaces, stocked up on surgical masks and distributed hand sanitizer to every corner of the college.

Our local public health agency is now joining the CDC and the California Department of Public Health in recommending everyone wear masks while indoors, although that is not yet a mandate. Beginning on August 2 we will adopt indoor masking as a practice on our campuses. All students, faculty, staff and visitors will need to wear masks while indoors unless you are in an isolated work area (e.g., your office). 

We are not yet implementing a vaccination mandate, but we are providing incentives for students to get vaccinated. As part of our participation in the White House COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge, we are rolling out a cash bonus for enrolled students to get vaccinated. Any vaccinated student can show their vax certificate to receive a $250 debit card! We have also scheduled two vaccination clinics on campus prior to the start of the fall semester.

As we move toward and into the fall semester, we will continue to monitor the recommendations and mandates from local, state and federal sources."