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Public Relations


At the Santa Cruz County Office of Education promoting awareness, increasing knowledge, and inspiring collaborative learning communities are core to our work. We pride ourselves on being responsive and transparent, and are always seeking to amplify our work by teaming up with partners committed to empowering students and educators.

Dr. Faris Sabbah
Dr. Faris Sabbah
Nick Ibarra
Communications & Public Relations Officer
(831) 466-5886
Verenise Valentin
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
(831) 466-5909

Contact Us

Email: communications@santacruzcoe.org
Phone: (831) 466-5600
Mailing Address: 400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Communications Plan 2019 - 2021


Santa Cruz County Office of Education (Santa Cruz COE) serves over 40,000 students across the county. The Santa Cruz COE supports school districts, students, educators, families, and the broader community. This is accomplished through programs and services that provide oversight, direct student programs, and that lead systemic change. The Santa Cruz COE’s mission is to lead an equitable and innovative learner-centered education system . With five divisions and close to 50 departments and/or projects, one challenge of the Santa Cruz COE is how to effectively communicate the work across the vast stakeholder groups— internally and externally, as well as locally and globally. To that effect, the Santa Cruz COE convened a Communication Planning Committee (CPC) in 2018-19 to develop a strategic Communication Plan that will guide systemic approaches in communicating Santa Cruz COE’s work toward supporting students and families across the greater Santa Cruz County region.

With equity at the center of all Santa Cruz COE’s work, the committee wanted to ensure communication efforts serves ALL groups. 

Community Updates

Students In Front Of Bus

Community Update July 23, 2021

Every year, Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way team up to host Stuff The Bus — gathering essential backpacks and school supplies to help prepare thousands of underserved youth for the new school year.

Community Update July 16, 2021

Topics include preparing for a new school year, vaccination information, what to expect when school starts, California Bill AB 130, and resources for the public.

young student with face mask

Community Update March 3, 2021

Today, I got to witness kindergartners experience their very first day of school in person at Vine Hill Elementary school in Scotts Valley Unified School District. What an emotional and exhilarating moment it is for all of us.

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