Read Across America Day
“You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you've got.
In schools and communities,
Let's gather around,
Let's pick up a book,
Let's pass it around.
There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.” (NEA)
On March 2nd, Washington School will celebrate Dr. Seuss’
Birthday with an all school read! Students may wear their pajamas
and bring books to share. Please follow teacher guidelines.
Join us! Let’s celebrate
Read Across America Day!
All Kindergarten students will be dismissed at noon daily from 1/29-2/23, with the exception of Wednesdays (1:30 pm dismissal) for Kindergarten Parent Teacher Conferences. Please sign up with your child's K teacher for your conference. Thank you.
We are excited to welcome back students after the break and the school closures due to the Thomas Fire. School resumes Tuesday, January 2nd at 8:30 am. We hope you had a lovely break and that you and your families are safe! Prior to reopening Washington, professional commercial sweeping crews were hired to clean parking lots, hallways, grounds, and our playgrounds. District maintenance and our custodial team followed safe ash clean up guidelines provided by government agencies. As advised by the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, They adhered to following the three C’s: Control, Contain, and Capture. We appreciate their efforts to ensure school is ready for our Wildcats on Tuesday and are excited about being back together in 2018!
Message from Superintendent Cary Matsuoka:
Dear Santa Barbara Unified School District Families:
We have made the difficult decision to close Santa Barbara Unified for the entire week of December 11-15, 2017. I appreciate your continued engagement with your school community. Many of us have felt the impact of the Thomas Fire over this last week that has now advanced into Santa Barbara County. We are proud of the work of our staff and families to support emergency personnel, evacuees, students, family members, and fellow colleagues as we continue to find ways to serve one another during this time.
Following the Thomas Fire Operational community meeting held at San Marcos High School this afternoon we decided to close our schools for the remainder of this week, December 11 - 15. This is as a result of wide range of factors that affect our school community including air quality, mandatory evacuations, and developments of the Thomas Fire. We will be assessing our schools in preparation for re-opening following winter break on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Santa Barbara Unified School District employees are asked to stay home for the remainder of the week.
As a reminder, please make sure you are ready for any emergency and register for Santa Barbara County Emergency Alerts at: www.awareandprepare.org. We will continue to share updates on our district @sbunified Facebook and Twitter social media sites. If you are unable to access internet, please call 2-1-1 for the latest information on conditions of Thomas Fire and related school updates.
On behalf of Superintendent Cary Matsuoka, this is an official announcement that Santa Barbara Unified School District’s closure will remain in effect through Tuesday, December 12. Today, Superintendents, Charter school leaders, and County Superintendent Susan Salcido met from throughout the County to extend school closures thru Tuesday, December 12. We recognized that you may questions about Wednesday and the rest of the week. Please know that the team of superintendents, directors of charter schools are assessing conditions and will provide an update later today about the rest of the week.
Santa Barbara Unified School District staff are not to report to work Monday, December 11.
Santa Barbara Unified Superintendent Please register for Santa Barbara County Emergency Alerts at: www.awareandprepare.org. Updates will also be posted on our district @sbunified Facebook and Twitter. If you are unable to access internet, please call 2-1-1 for the latest information on conditions of Thomas Fire and related school updates.