Return to Campus - Business Services Projects

Across the campus, all college departments continue to work on the many preparations necessary for the Phase-in return to campus from July 12 to August 15, with full return on August 16, 2021.

The Business Services projects described below are in progress to ensure the college environment is ready for its students and employees return to campus. The Business Services Division aims to  collaborate with departments to ensure physical campus space is a safe and healthy envrionment.

Return to Campus frequently asked questions by employees can be found here: Employee Return to Campus Frequently Asked Questions

The latest pandemic updates for our SBCC Campus Community can be found on the SBCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Updates main page.

Please visit the Human Resources page for Return to Campus information for coming to campus and the training available to staff specific to COVID-19.

  • Cleaning Protocol
    • Daily restroom sanitation for all campus core buildings, continuing to service high volume restrooms more frequent. There are cleaning logs located on the back of the restroom doors that state when the restroom was last cleaned.
    • HVACS units are cleaned and sanitized bi-annually.
    • Daily disinfection of all building common surfaces and area touch points such as entrance doors and handles, lobby and interior elevator buttons.
    • Water fountains are currently disabled per Higher Education Guidelines. 

    Cleaning Equipment

    Touchless sanitizing equipment for restroom and classroom cleaning have been purchased and are being used. Custodial also developed a comprehensive cleaning plan for the campus.

    CDC Guidelines

    Surface disinfection has been shown to be effective for preventing secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 between an infected person and other people within households. However, there is little scientific support for routine use of disinfectants in community settings, whether indoor or outdoor, to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fomites. In public spaces and community settings, available epidemiological data and QMRA studies indicate that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fomites is low—compared with risks from direct contact, droplet transmission or airborne transmission. Routine cleaning performed effectively with soap or detergent, at least once per day, can substantially reduce virus levels on surfaces. When focused on high-touch surfaces, cleaning with soap or detergent should be enough to further reduce the relatively low transmission risk from fomites in situations when there has not been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 indoors. In situations when there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 indoors within the last 24 hours, the presence of infectious virus on surfaces is more likely and therefore high-touch surfaces should be disinfected. (CDC Guidance)

  • Expectations for Individuals on Campus

    In accordance with the College COVID-19 Prevention and Response Plan, employees, vendors, and guest, be advised of the Districts mandatory face covering and physical distancing policy. SBCC requires that individuals refrain from coming to campus if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and to wash hands frequently. The District plans to resume typical operation by August 16, 2021 and will be upholding these policies.

    Currently, ALL individuals coming to campus must complete Healthy Roster daily symptom and exposure self screening via email or text message through the colleges Human Resources website.

    Signage on campus has been placed to help enforce these in-person requirements regarding coming to campus, and have been placed in various locations, such as:

    • Campus Entrances 
    • Building Entrances 
    • Elevators/Capacity
    • Restrooms/Capacity


    • Drinking fountains have been turned off as per Higher Education Guidelines
    • Most water fill stations are still operating
    • Building access has been restricted with Identification (ID) card permissions
    • Campus Safety will be hiring additional staff to monitor and enforce the wearing of face coverings and the practicing of social distancing.

    Please contact Campus Safety for questions

  • Indoor Classroom Capacty
    In order to follow the Higher Education industry guidance on classroom capacity during COVID, classroom capacities must be reduced. Most SBCC classrooms can hold 30% of the standard capacity with 6 foot social distancing, while most labs and classrooms with fixed furniture can hold 20% of the standard capacity with 6 foot social distancing. Main, Wake, and Schott campus classrooms capacity limits and HVAC information have been reviewed and determined.

    All three campus classroom capacity levels per required guidelines (see campus specific tab) are included in the SBCC Classroom Capacities List

    Outdoor Classroom Options (Tents)
    The District evaluated the option of having outdoor classroom spaces, such as tents. There will not be any additional outdoor classrooms assembled, aside from existing Physical Education.  The current event tent and a new tent in Memorial Plaza will be utilized for outdoor Student Services needs.

  • Campus Safety has cleaning and sanitizing products available. There are several types of  cleaning products (spray bottles and/or wipes) for surfaces and electronic devices. Supplies will be continued to be purchased and provided by Campus Safety and Purchasing, individual departments do not need to purchase their own. Campus Safety has cleaning supplies on hand and ready for employees to pick up.

    Please email to arrange picking up or for possible delivery.

    We continue to process a variety of facility rental requests through  SBCC Community Services, while following strict accordance to Santa Barbara County Public Health Guidelines. 

  • Campus Safety and Facilities are currently installing across all three campus locations with standing and wall mounted hand sanitizing stations. Campus Safety also has hand sanitzer bottles for desk or shared areas.

    All hand sanitizer products are available at Campus Safety to be picked up for offices/classroom spaces, please email to obtain them.

    Stock will be monitored by staff. If you notice supplies are empty or running low, please notify facilities, via Facilities work order.

  • The health guard installation process for Wake, Schott and Main Campus high traffic areas and shared spaces is underway.  Many individual offices are not suitable for health guards due to their layout, small size and lack of public access. 

    Office spaces have been assessed for retrofitted health guard needs. These measures will nevertheless help maintain a safe and healthy work environment going forward. We also understand the need to maintain the inviting feel of the campus and keep this in mind during the installation process. 

    Health guards are made with PlexiGlass custom fabricated stands to fit each unique space. To request health guard installation for your area if one is not already installed,  please submit a Facilities work order.

    Health Guards Installation Process

    • Employees are encouraged to view the Health Guard Installation List. This list will show completed or in progress areas and photos. We encourage staff to come to campus and see their work space.
    • For modifications or to requests a health guard, please submit a Facilities work order.
    • For installation of health guards in classroom spaces, please submit a Facilities work order.
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Assessment
    Palt and Associates, an HVAC specialist consulting firm, completed 2021 HVAC assessments across all three campuses.  

    These HVAC assessments were performed prior to HEPA air purifier installations, and with all windows and doors closed, in order to test the air exchange rate produced by the HVAC system alone. 

    Below are the reports for the airflow test study conducted at Santa Barbara City College during 2021. The scope of work was to test supply airflows for all indicated classrooms, lecture halls and offices to determine Air Change Rates for each room/area. All tested airflows listed in this report can only be used to evaluate the condition of the HVAC system. The standards referenced herein are meant to evaluate the HVAC systems only and cannot in any way be used in regards to health and safety recommendations. Recommendations listed in this report are based on current Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) and similar organization’s knowledge, recommendations, and suggestions.

    All of our District facilities are in compliance with the current California Department of Public Health, Higher Education Guidelines, specific to ventilation, as follows:

    1. Increasing our HVAC outside air ventilation to 100%.
    2. Having all HVAC systems run continuously.
    3. Continued use of MERV-13 filters within HVAC systems.
    4. Opening windows, where possible.
    5. Placing portable HEPA air purifiers, where possible.

    Based on these guidelines and recent modifications to our HVAC systems, all of our offices and classrooms meet or exceed all federal and state guidelines and we are, therefore, confident that our offices and classrooms are prepared to be occupied.

    The HVAC assessment reports provide air exchange rate data of classrooms and offices that have HVAC systems. Within the reports the classroom/office is noted as either within or not within ASHRAE air exchange rate standards. If an office is not within the ASHRAE standards, we recommend a HEPA air purifier be utilized in that office. All classrooms will have portable HEPA air filters. Additionally, our facilities department will continue to work on improving airflow in the spaces that did not fall within the ASHRAE standards. 

    A second set of supplemental assessments will be performed on a sampling of spaces that did not meet the recommended air exchange rate.  The supplemental reports will include having HEPA air purifiers as a part of the air exchange rate testing. These assessments are planned to be completed by Fall 2021.

  • COVID-19 Updates - Board of Trustees

    The Board of Trustees was presented with a comprehensive COVID-19 Report in December of 2020. Since then, monthly COVID-19 Update Reports are provided at the Board of Trustees meetings under the Reports/Information, titled "Update on the District's COVID-19 Response."

    January 28, 2021
    February 15, 2021
    March 11, 2021
    April 22, 2021
    May 2021
    June 2021
    July 2021
    August 2021

    Due to Covid-19, and in compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20, the Board has temporarily suspended physical meetings.

  • Campus Safety has PPE products available. There are several types of face coverings and gloves available. Supplies will be continued to be purchased and provided by Campus Safety and Purchasing, individual departments do not need to purchase their own.

    To obtain the PPE your department needs, please email


    High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Air Purifier
    What does a HEPA air purifier do?
    All classrooms will have HEPA air purifiers installed by August 16, 2021.  The size of the HEPA air purifiers are matched to the square footage of the office, classroom or shared space.

    Palt and Associates, the Districts HVAC specialist consulting firm, recommended the District purchase HEPA Air Purifiers from Medify Air and Spycor Environmental.

    Air purifiers are available for individuals to request, please sutbmit a Facilities work order to request one.

    Other Ventilation Information
    During the 2020 and 2021 year, Facilities staff is completing window repairs to allow for increased ventilation. 

    The Facilities & Operations Work Order system may be reached at:

  • HVAC Thermostats
    HVAC thermostats in office/shared spaces no longer allow for local control. Temperature levels are centrally operated at a set temperature range of 70° to  74° F.  If there are operational issues with any HVAC systems, submit a work order to Facilities & Operations.



The below Live Information Documents are updated periodically with new information: