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Attendance and SARB
Kristi JacksonAttendance and SARB CoordinatorDepartment of Prevention & InterventionNew location: Fresno Adult School2500 Stanislaus Ave, Fresno, CA 93721Phone: 559-457-3942, Fax: 559-457-6001
Attendance is extremely important to a child's academic success. The Education Code requires that children between the ages of 6-18 attend school full-time. (E.C. 48200) The Attendance and SARB office supports student attendance by:
Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) is committed to:
1. case management
2. individual and group counseling
3. home visits
4. parent education
5. referrals to school/ community based resources
What is the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)
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.
When does the Court get involved?
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.
How can Attendance Social Workers help?
School Social Workers promote and support students' academic and social success by providing strength based services that may include:
What is the legal definition of a truant student?
A student is deemed a truant when he or she has been reported as having unexcused absences three or more times per school year.
When are truancy letters sent?
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)
What reasons are considered appropriate for excused absence from school?
Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the Principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including but not limited to:
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.
What is the criteria for qualifying for a short-term independent study program?
Additional Considerations for Independent Study
Please work with your school office staff to request Short Term Independent Study if necessary.