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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the SBCC Community

As of September 1, Santa Barbara County has moved into 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:

*This page will be regularly maintained and updated as SBCC COVID protocols continue to evolve.  All protocols are subject to change.  For access to masks, as well as more information or answers to questions not covered here, visit a welcome table on-campus!

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: September 23, 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.


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

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


  • Face masks aligned with county public health guidance are required indoors in all campus facilities regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors.

  • As of October 1, 2021, vaccination - or a combination of an approved exemption,  weekly negative COVID-19 PCR tests, and wearing a KN/N-95 mask - will be required for all students, faculty, and staff to enter any college building, teaching location or in-person class.

    Members of the public 12+* years old visiting campus on a limited basis and entering any college building or facility are also subject to this requirement, and must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within the prior 7 days, and complete a health survey.

    *Starting January 1, 2022 children 5+ years old will need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test to attend indoor events on campus.

    Read the Board Resolution here.

  • Do not come to campus. Fill out Cleared4 so that the COVID Response Team can initiate the contact tracing process.

For Students

  • You must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. You must fill out the Cleared4 survey daily.

  • You will be contacted by a member of the COVID Response Team. They will give you further 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. If you are taking only online classes and 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

Additional Info