School Attendance Review Board (SARB):

Once a student has 5 unexcused absences and has been issued Truancy Letters 1, 2 and 3, the school may refer the student to the School Attendance Review Board for intervention and support in school attendance. 

If your student is having trouble with school attendance, please contact the Principal, or Assistant Principal at your student's school.  All SARB requests must be generated from the school site.

KEY DEFINITIONS

Chronic Absentee: A student absent on 10 percent or more of the days, calculated by dividing total absences by the total number of school days the student is enrolled during the school year. Unlike truancy, this measure includes all absences – including excused absences – and assumes all excessive absence impedes learning.

(EC Section 60901[c][1])

Truant: Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days, or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district.

(EC Section 48260[a])

Habitual Truant: Any student is deemed a habitual truant who has been truant three or more times per school year. However, this designation can only be made following a conscientious effort by an appropriate district officer or employee to hold at least one conference with a parent or guardian of the student. In addition, notifications as required by EC Section 48260.5 must be sent to parents through the most cost-effective means possible which may include electronic mail or a telephone call.

(EC Section 48262)

Chronic Truant: Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse for ten percent or more of the school days in one school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date, is deemed a chronic truant, provided that the appropriate school district officer or employee has complied with EC sections 48260, 48260.5, 48261, 48262, 48263, 48291, and EC Section 48263.6