I would like to thank all the principals, assistant principals and their office staff for a safe and successful school opening for the 2021-2022 school year. Great job!


Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Ensuring that our students and staff return to healthy and safe school environment  is paramount for us, and we opened our schools with layered prevention strategies in place.  Employees are vaccinated or tested weekly for Covid-19; all staff, students and visitors wear masks indoors; no visitors are allowed during the school day; daily cleaning is required; teachers must maximum use of outdoor learning and eating spaces; all must follow the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department protocols for Covid-19 symptoms, close contact, and exposures; and all meetings are held via Zoom.

We have hired two new district nurses to assist us with following the Public Health Department K-12 guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated employee and student Covid-19 cases or close  contact exposures.


Independent Study

For the 2021-2022 school year, parents have the option to enroll their child in in-person instruction or independent study.

For grades K–5, the Calvert online learning program is offered with daily live interaction and weekly synchronous instruction with an elementary IS teacher.

For grades 6-12, students can participate in  the Edmentum online learning program and will have weekly synchronous instruction with a secondary teacher in the CHS Student Success Center. Parents have been notified of this option on Parent Square, and if they are interested, they may contact their school principal.


Professional Development

On opening day, elementary teachers participated in professional development in writing using the Lucy Calkins Units of Study. Dr. Trudy Arriaga, CLU, and author of “Opening Doors, An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency”, provided the opening remarks for the CMS and CHS teachers, focusing on cultural proficiency and how to improve classroom practices to become a more inclusive and equitable school district.

Measure U

The Phase 3 Aliso Modernization project is completing the final details and was ready to welcome staff and students this week. The site work for the new CHS Administration building is complete and ready to begin actual construction.

The final remaining items for the CHS gym project are the gym wall pads and the boys’ team lockers.

The final DSA approval for the Summerland project was received on July 14, 2021 and the Notice to Proceed will be issued once we receive all the documents from MacGillivray construction. Meanwhile, the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department will use the campus for drills before demolition. Summerland classrooms opened for students at the Main School campus.

Diana Rigby is the current superintendent of Carpinteria Unified School District. She is focused on improving teaching and learning for all CUSD students and welcomes parent and community input and feedback. For more information about CUSD, log on to, or contact Diana at or (805) 684-4511x222.

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