Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the SBCC Community
Update for Summer 2022
In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, we are continuing with changes made to Spring 2022 semester operations through the end of the Summer I semester (June 25).
- SBCC’s indoor mask mandate will continue throughout the semester, but you may choose to wear any mask aligned with CDC guidance. This means that scarves, bandanas, gaiters, masks with vents and knitted face-coverings are not acceptable. Options include:
- Respirator (N95/KN95 or KF94)
- Surgical mask
- Tight-fitting, multi-layered cloth mask
- Masks will continue to be free and available at all check-in stations.
- SBCC’s vaccine requirement and associated requirements remain the same. This means that students, faculty, and staff with an approved vaccine exemption must continue to wear
a respirator (N95/KN95 or KF94) and be tested weekly. Testing will continue to be available on main campus throughout the semester.
- Student-athletes must continue to follow testing guidelines required by Athletic Department.
- Wristbands will continue to be required to enter campus buildings and in-person classes for the remainder of the semester.
Beginning June 27
- Masks are strongly recommended, but will no longer be required indoors in alignment
with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) guidance for low level (Tier 1 of the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan).
- Staff, faculty, or employees may request that students and guests wear a mask in an office environment.
- Masking may be requested for indoor meetings, gatherings, or events that grow in size beyond the space provided and are unable to be relocated to an outdoor venue.
- For all classroom and lab environments, faculty and instructional staff may request that all participants wear a mask.
- Masking is required in the Student Health Center.
- Everyone is encouraged to respect individual choices and to accommodate others’ requests.
- During low level conditions (Tier 1 of the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan), students and employees will not be required to complete the process at the check in tables before entering a campus building.
- The College will have a vaccine requirement in place for Summer II and Fall semesters consistent with the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan. During Fall semester, we will discuss ending the vaccine requirement or updating the requirement based on science and both California Department of Public Health and SBCPHD guidance.
- Testing is strongly recommended per the CDC guidelines, but will not be required during low level (Tier 1) conditions. Testing will continue to be made available to students and employees. Weekly COVID-19 PCR testing for those with vaccine requirement exemptions will continue and should be uploaded to Cleared4.
*This page will be regularly maintained and updated as SBCC COVID protocols continue to evolve. All protocols are subject to change.
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
Contact our 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.
No, you only need to check in and get your wristband once daily. If you lose your wristband, please return to a check-in table to get another one.
You will not be allowed in classrooms or other offices/service areas without a wristband and an suitable face mask. For the health and safety of all on campus, please plan to arrive in time to receive a wristband. If you are running late, a few more minutes to get a wristband is preferable to not getting one and then not being able to attend your in-person class.
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.
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.