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Most Santa Barbara County public schools to reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 following one-day closure due to severe weather


January 10, 2023

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY - Due to improving weather and road conditions, most Santa Barbara County public schools are reopening tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, following a one-day school closure today.

*Santa Maria Joint Union High School District students will return to school on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 due to a pre-scheduled staff workday on Wednesday. Many private schools are also set to reopen tomorrow, but families should check in with their individual schools for updates.

*Cuyama schools will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, due to the expected continued closure of Highway 166, which will likely remain closed until the morning, impeding student transportation to school. 

At 2 pm today, county officials announced that all evacuation and shelter in place orders have been lifted for Santa Barbara County. See the following press release for details.

As conditions can change rapidly, officials advised residents to check for road condition updates with CHP and CalTrans for the latest information. Some roads will still be closed due to flooding and debris.

Officials say a new storm is expected to hit the region this weekend and reminded residents to register for countywide emergency alerts at

Media Contact: Camie Barnwell, Director of Communications