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Santa Barbara Unified School District Family Engagement Unit

The Family Engagement Unit hotline provides bilingual support to district families from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday with assistance in the following areas: technology, education, community resources and  socio-emotional support. Our liaisons also help families with the navigation and referral of various district departments. The Family Engagement Unit  can be reached via phone call or text message at 805-696-2701 or email at


Assistance provided:


Supporting  internet and hotspot access

Troubleshooting device and application issues


Communicating with school and office staff

Facilitating conversations between families and teachers

Community Resources

Providing updated information about community resources including food, housing, financial assistance and immigrant rights

Mental Health Services 

Helping families connect with teachers to create referral for school based services

Connecting families with community based services


Visiting and Volunteering
All parents are more than welcomed to visit our beautiful campus and visit staff members!  We kindly ask that all visitors sign in at the front office to receive a visitor badge.  Safety is the highest priority for our school community so we all thank you for this consideration. When planning to speak with your child's teacher or the principal, it is highly encouraged to make an appointment beforehand.  However, you can always check to see if the teacher or principal are available when you sign in at the front office.   
Parents can speak with child's classroom teacher about volunteering or speak with the school principal regarding other involvement opportunities.  Student success is a result of positive school and family partnerships. We look forward to having parents be partners in the our students' educational process.  
Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies, and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. (Education Code 48205) Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises away from school property may be considered excused subject to law and administrative regulation. (Education Code 46014) Inasmuch as school attendance and class participation are integral to students' learning experiences, parents/guardians and students shall be encouraged to schedule medical and other appointments during non-school hours. Students shall not be absent from school without their parents/guardians' knowledge or consent, except in cases of medical emergency or, as authorized pursuant to Education Code 46010.1, for a confidential medical appointment.  McKinley School encourages positive and excellent attendance for all of our students.