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Attendance and SARB Coordinator
Educating parents of the law and district policy Enforcing the Compulsory Attendance Laws Conducting Student Attendance Review Board Meetings (SARB) Partnering with the Department of Social Services Referring identified parents to the court system
Working with students and their families to ensure that all students attend school regularly Understanding there are a variety of factors that may influence school attendance and helping families to overcome issues-barriers Providing strength-based and culturally appropriate interventions and services including:
case managementindividual and group counselinghome visitsparent educationreferrals to school/ community based resources
Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) was created to help truant students and their parents or guardians solve school attendance and/or behavior problems with the help of available school and community resources. The purpose of SARB is to work collaboratively on developing strategies (prevention, intervention, and enforcement) that will help students improve school attendance and behavior while diverting cases away from the juvenile justice system.
If a parent, guardian or caregiver fails to respond to the directives of the SARB Board or refuses the services provided, the district may file a complaint against a parent in court.
School Social Workers promote and support students' academic and social success by providing strength based services that may include:
Advocacy for Students, Parents and the School SystemParent EducationStaff DevelopmentStudent/Family AssessmentsCommunity Based Referrals
A student is deemed a truant when he or she has been reported as having unexcused absences three or more times per school year.
Truancy letters are sent to parents informing them that their child has reached three (3) or six (6) or nine (9) unexcused absences. This is a district-wide procedure that takes place on an ongoing basis. The truancy notification letters are based on the attendance information that is entered in the district computer system. This information is based on the explanation provided by the parent for their child's absence. (E.C. 48260.5)
Personal illnessHead Lice (a student will be excused a maximum of three (3) consecutive days for head lice.Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officerMedical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointmentsAttendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family. i.e. mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (Excused absence in this instance shall be limited to one (1) day if the service is conducted in California or three (3) days if the service is conducted out of state.)Jury dutyThe illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent.Principal discretion
Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the Principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including but not limited to:
Appearance in courtObservance of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religionAttendance at religious retreats for no more than four (4) hours per semester. Employment conference or interview Attendance at a funeral service for a person other than a member of the student's immediate family Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 1230Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with District policy
When a parent/guardian has signed a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) or School Attendance Compact that states a doctor's note must accompany a request for an absence to be excused, only for those days with proper documentation will be designated as excused.
VacationFuneralOut-of-state/country travelReligious purposesChild care issuesFamily emergenciesExtended illnessPregnancyCustody situations; and/orStudent safety issues
Advance notice must be given to the school site Minimum of five (5) days and a maximum of fifteen (15) days Signed Independent Study Contract Complete and return all assignments to the school in a timely manner
Please work with your school office staff to request Short Term Independent Study if necessary.