Santa Barbara County Office of Education Distributes Over 200,000 N95 Masks

The Santa Barbara County Office of Education (SBCEO) is distributing 276,480 state-supplied, adult-size N95 masks to all county public school districts, charter schools, and private schools. Each school and district will be responsible for creating a plan for distributing masks to students and staff.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), N95 masks filter out at least 95% of airborne particles, making them more suitable for fighting the Omicron variant than standard surgical masks. “The N95 masks we received are high quality, well fitting and protective,” said Santa Barbara County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Salcido. “We appreciate the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for helping us provide our families and staff with this sought-after protective option.”

California requires school staff and students over age 2 to wear face coverings indoors on school campuses, but the use of N95 masks is voluntary. Debbie Breck, SBCEO’s internal services administrator, said N95 masks are “another important tool we offer to keep schools running safely.”

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