Prevention Supports and Services
School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
The SARB is a panel composed of school and community representatives who meet regularly to combine their expertise and maximize their resources in an effort to develop solutions to persistent school attendance concerns. Students are referred to the SARB by their home school when attendance problems have not been resolved through the usual avenues of classroom, school, and district interventions.
The SARB aims to work cooperatively with students and families to alleviate the factors that interfere with regular school attendance. However, if the student and/or parents decline to work with the SARB and the student continues to be truant or tardy from school, the SARB will take the necessary steps to ensure enforcement of compulsory attendance laws.
Why is my child being referred to SARB?
California compulsory education law requires everyone between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school, except sixteen and seventeen year-olds who have graduated from high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and obtained parental permission to leave. Some students, however, violate compulsory education laws and have a pattern of unexcused absences. Although truancy and excessive absenteeism are not new problems, they cause costly, long-term problems for the students, school, and the community.
Poor attendance is frequently the first sign that a student is on the road to school difficulty and possibly dropping out. Each day or hour a student misses school results in gaps in their education.
In Placer County students are referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) by their current school district because they are identified as being subject to Sections 48260-48273 of the California Education Code.
SARB works to address the needs of referred students so they can attend and be successful at school.
The Student, Family, and Community Supports sets up a unique SARB for each referred student, attempting to match organizations and services with each student’s specific needs. SARB meets with referred students, their parents or guardians, and school representatives to collaboratively identify solutions and appropriate resources for resolving the issues impacting the student’s attendance.