At Carpinteria High School, 7.8% of grades during the 2020-21 school year were classified as failing compared to .1% for the 2019-20 school year, Superintendent Diana Rigby announced at the district’s July 13 regular board meeting. Carpinteria Middle School also saw an increase in failing grades, with 3.1% compared to .9% during the 2019-20 school year. 

CHS students who failed English language arts or math classes were required to attend summer school, Rigby said. Of those required, 40 students attended and were awarded credit in lieu of their failed grades. Students who did not attend the required summer school must attend an August summer school, prior to the beginning of the 2021-2020 school year. 

At CMS, of those who needed to make up their credits, 12 completed summer school. 

Rigby also went over Assembly Bill 104 during the meeting, which was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on July 1. 

The law aims to help “alleviate the pandemic’s effect on grades and graduation credits,” Rigby said, by creating alternative options for students who failed their grades, such as allowing students to retake their grade level, changing letter grades to “pass” or “no pass” and allowing exemptions for specific graduation requirements. The law also allows students in high school to take a fifth year if needed. 


CUSD to offer independent study

For the 2021-22 school year, CUSD will be offering a distance learning option via independent study for students who cannot return in person, Rigby said. Independent study was a voluntary educational model in place prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We’re still working out the specific details, of which we will share what we’re going to be providing in August,” Rigby said. 

The district will have 52 more students – across its campuses – enrolled compared to last year, Rigby said. 

Compared to the previous year, Aliso School has 355 students compared to 329; Canalino has 518 compared to 516; the Family School has 72 compared to 63; Summerland School has 54 compared to 48; CMS has 447 compared to 459; and CHS has 680 compared to 659. 

“Now, of course, we had a pandemic year, but we are recouping the students that we lost during the pandemic year, and we do expect more students to join us,” Rigby said. 


Closed session report 

The board held a closed session prior to its regular meeting, discussing anticipated litigation, according to the agenda. 

No reportable action was taken, board member Jayme Bray said. 


Educational purchases 

The board approved the purchase of Bridges Math consumables and teacher kits, which includes student workbooks, home connections, Volumes 1 and 2, and number corner. The total cost of the workbooks and teacher kits is $22,000. 

The board also approved the purchase of FOSS Science Kits, which contain science materials needed for grades four and five.This allows all elementary school teachers to introduce three units of science during the upcoming school year. The total cost of the workbooks is $26,000.  


The board accepted an anonymous donation of $5,000 to the CHS Baseball Club, and a donation of a $200 Vito clarinet to the CHS Band from Debra Tursick. 

Assistant Editor

Evelyn Spence is CVN's Assistant Editor. She graduated from UCSB with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Professional Writing, and has worked as a reporter in Santa Barbara County for four years. Send tips to

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