Public Relations

Dr. Faris Sabbah
Nick Ibarra
Communications Director & Public Relations Officer
(831) 466-5886


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.

Contact Us

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

‘Fentanyl High’ Screening & Panel

To raise awareness about the fentanyl and the opioid epidemic, the Santa Cruz COE is partnering with high school filmmaker Kyle Santoro and Santa Cruz ...

Free NAMI Classes for Parents of Youth, Peers, and more!

NAMI Santa Cruz will be offering several free classes in English and in Spanish this spring. They are offering a class for adults with mental ...

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and the COE Racial Equity and Justice Initiative website  is sharing new and updated resources including a video from Dr. ...