California compulsory education law requires everyone between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age to attend school, except 16 and 17 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.
A few unexcused absences and tardies can quickly lead to a serious attendance problem. The purpose of the SARB is to work together with parents and students to help students attend school on a regular basis, stay in school, and graduate on time with their class. Intervention strategies may include meeting with the district’s student specialist, teachers, administrators, nurse, mental health clinician, psychologist, and/or school resource officer. When all resources have been exhausted and the student’s attendance has not improved, the family will be referred to the County School Attendance Review Board.