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Santa Maria-Bonita Families,

Late last week, we learned from our COVID testing providers that federal government COVID relief funds would no longer be available to them to cover the cost of COVID testing. As a result of this change, our staff and families will need to provide evidence of some form of medical insurance to cover the cost of COVID testing. When insurance is not available, the cost per single test for uninsured staff, students, and community members will be $55 per test. Those without insurance will be charged this fee beginning Monday, March 28th. We understand this is a significant change from what we had previously been able to offer to our school community. 

Heal 360, Inspire and Pipeline Medical are working around the clock to navigate this change while maintaining the highest quality with the lowest cost for the Santa Maria-Bonita community. This is a work in progress, and we will provide updates as we receive them. Insurance information will be requested starting Wednesday, March 23rd.  

You will be asked to register a second time to provide a form of valid health insurance for billing purposes. Testing will look a little different as we implement the necessary changes. However, we expect the process will again run smoothly and return to normal in short order. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Matthew E. Beecher
Interim Superintendent
Deputy Superintendent for Business Services
Santa Maria Bonita-School District

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This is an update regarding recent changes in the health and safety guidelines for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.

After the end of the school day (including ASES) on Friday, March 11, 2022, wearing masks will no longer be required when at school for students or staff regardless of vaccination status, based on the Executive Order of the Governor.

Masks are considered an effective measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and remain strongly recommended as a protective measure.

If parents would like their children to continue to wear a mask at school, parents should send their children to school with a mask every day and ensure that they understand their parents' wishes. Masks will be available on an as-needed basis for children who lose or break their mask.

Please keep in mind that there may be a variety of reasons why some students and other individuals may continue to wear a mask at school. SMBSD students, staff and families are encouraged to be respectful and considerate of others at all times.

Thank you to our students and their families for doing their part to make sure our schools continue to be healthy and purposeful places of learning.