SARB - Student Attendance Review Board
Every Day Counts
California’s compulsory education laws require children between six and eighteen years of age to attend school, with a limited number of specified exceptions. Under state law, a pupil who, without a valid excuse, is absent from school for three full days in one school year, or is tardy or absent for more than 30 minutes during the school day on three occasions in one school year, is considered truant. Once a student is designated a truant, state law requires schools, districts, counties, and courts to intervene to ensure that parents and pupils receive certain services to assist them in complying with attendance laws. When these various interventions fail—meaning parents or guardians still do not send a child to school or a student misses an unlawful amount of school—the matter is referred to the courts. Courts can then use penalties or other measures to seek compliance. Essentially, these various interventions exist to ensure that pupils remain in school and that a pattern is not established that could lead to their dropping out of school later in their educational career.
What happens when a truancy is reported?
School-Level Interventions. The school must: (1) report the truant pupil to the district’s attendance supervisor, (2) notify the parent or guardian that the pupil is truant, and (3) provide the pupil and parent with certain interventions—such as providing the pupil with counseling and tutoring and requiring the parent to attend a parenting class.
District-Level Interventions. If the school-level interventions are unsuccessful, the school district will refer the student and the parent to the district’s SARB or, if the district does not have a standing SARB, to the county office of education’s (COE) SARB. In either case, the SARB is composed of parents, representatives from the school district, and members of the community at large—including representatives from law enforcement, welfare and mental health agencies, youth services agencies, and the district attorney’s office. The SARB members work collaboratively to diagnose the problem and recommend solutions to overcome the specific circumstances that are contributing to truancy. If parents refuse to respond to SARB directives, the SARB may refer the case to the district attorney for legal interventions. Alternatively, school districts may bypass the district attorney’s office entirely and file against offenders in traffic court.
County and Court Interventions. In addition to a SARB, most COEs operate formal truancy mediation programs in coordination with the district attorney and/or county probation offices. A SARB may refer cases to these programs as a last intervention before the pupil or parent faces legal prosecution. Typically, it is only in the most egregious cases where these efforts are unsuccessful and legal action is subsequently pursued by the district attorney. When legal action is needed, district attorneys have three options they may use to prosecute offenders. As described in Figure 1, the penalties associated with these options vary in severity—ranging from community service or participation in a parent education program to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
2017-2018 SARB Board
- Colleen Whitlock, SARB Coordinator, TCSOS
- Denelle Adamiak, SARB Administrative Assistant, TCSOS
- Vix DeMattei, A-TCAA Friday Night Live
- Barbara Morales, Community Member
- Natalie Gray, Infant/Child Enrichment Services, ICES
- Mark Dyken, Jamestown Family Resource Center
- Diana Carpenter, Me-Wuk Tribal Social Worker
- Annie Hockett, Prevent Child Abuse Tuolumne County, PCATC
- Gordon Winningham, Sonora Police Dept
- Rebecca Espino, Department of Social Services
- Denise Combs, Tuolumne County Behavioral Health
- Faustino Pulido, Tuolumne County CHP
- Cori Allen, Tuolumne County Child Welfare Services
- Cassandra Jenecke, Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office
- Joelle Kewish, Tuolumne County Probation Department
- Melissa Parrish, Tuolumne County Public Health
- Cathy Parker, Associate Superintendent, TCSOS
- Mark Gee, Tuolumne Co. Behavioral Health
- Reiko Craig, Tuolumne County Child Welfare Services
- Michie Anderson, Tuolumne County Child Welfare Services
- Lisa Heib-Stock, Tuolumne County Public Health
- Patricia Denney, Tuolumne County Public Health
2017-2018 SARB Hearing Dates
All hearings take place at the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office, Room 217, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month except for December. There will be two SARB Hearings in September and May.
September 6, 2017
September 20, 2017
October 18, 2017 (We may be in room 209 for this meeting)
November 15, 2017
December 13, 2017 (2nd week in Dec. due to Winter Break)
January 17, 2018
February 21, 2018
March 21, 2018
April 18, 2018
May 9, 2018
May 23, 2018