Covid-19 Safety Protocols 

Ensuring that students and staff return to a healthy and safe environment to support in-person learning is paramount for us. 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued a health order, which requires the use of masks in indoor public settings. Regardless of vaccination status, all teachers, staff, students and any visitors will wear masks indoors. 

We will continue with layered prevention strategies in place: no visitors will be allowed during the school day; and daily cleaning and handwashing is required. All meetings will remain in Zoom format to avoid large gatherings whenever possible. 

We have also hired two nurses who will assist us in following Public Health guidance for employee/student Covid-19 exposures. Most of our staff are vaccinated, and we urge all students 12 years and older to get vaccinated. We will continue to offer vaccination clinics at Carpinteria High School before school begins.

 

Independent Study

For the 21-22 school year, parents have the option to enroll their child through in-person instruction or independent study. For grades K-5, study includes the Calvert online learning program, daily live interaction and weekly synchronous instruction with an elementary IS teacher. For grades 6-12, study includes the Edmentum online learning program and weekly synchronous instruction with a secondary teacher in the CHS Student Success Center. Parents will be notified of this option on Parent Square, and if they are interested, they may contact their school principal.

 

CHS FFA

Congratulations to FFA teachers, Mr. Gomez and Mr. Lopez, and FFA students for their success at the Heritage Livestock Show and Sale. Some of the highlights include Eli Sheaffer: Novice Lamb Showmanship Champion; Clover Martinez: Novice Goat Showmanship Champion; and Raul Reyes: Novice Swine Showmanship Champion.

 

Measure U

The Phase 3 Aliso Modernization is wrapping up after a very short timeline over the summer. The project is completing the final details and will be ready to welcome staff next week and students on the 23rd. 

Fencing has been installed at CHS and 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. Board approval of the site lease and GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) and collection of final documents from the contractor will initiate the notice to proceed, with groundbreaking during the first week of September. The Summerland classrooms are ready for students at the Main School campus. 

 

Staffing 

Teachers are at the heart of what we do, and we are thrilled to welcome our new staff: Aliso – Nicole Gonzales, Madeline Polinsky, Matthew McPherson, Lili Talkin, Talia Allen, Jessica Wentzel, Valerie Ropelato, and Jennifer Gonzalez; Canalino - Sherrie Paul, Crystal Marshall, LeighAnn McDonald, Sierra Schlesinger, Katie Brown,Monica Robarge, and Teresa Till; Summerland - Alison Macken; CMS/CHS – Michael Martindale; CMS - Michael McDonald, Emmanuel Campuzano, Lindsey Agnew, Brook Marquez, Hannah Ramsdell, Thomas Few, Rebecca Frank, and Ellen Guerrero ; CHS - Barbara Marabian, Rick Jones, Kevin Dolan, Sabrina Emery, Favian Muralles and Octavio Colin. Travis Revicki and Dawn Anderson have been hired as district nurses; and we welcome our newest administrators, Veronica Gallardo, Aliso/Summerland principal, and Ricardo Cota, CMS assistant principal.

 

Appreciation

I would like to recognize the district staff and school custodians who have worked hard during this summer in preparation for school opening. Staff have been hired, classrooms, cafeterias, bathrooms, offices and hallways have been deeply cleaned, curriculum materials and supplies have been ordered, bus routes established, maintenance repairs completed, fields have been mowed, trees are trimmed, and food has been ordered and is ready for school lunches.

 

 

 

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 cusd.net, or contact Diana at drigby@cusd.net or (805) 684-4511x222.

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