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What Is SARB?

The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) was established by the California legislature in 1975. SARB is composed of educators, community representatives, parents, law enforcement, probation, and welfare agencies. As a team, they represent and have access to the resources of the community which may be needed to meet the special needs of students with attendance and/or behavior problems. The Board meets regularly to screen, review, and recommend a specific plan of action to resolve the attendance and/or behavior problem of each student referred to SARB (CA Education Codes §48320 and §48321).  

SARB seeks to understand WHY students are experiencing attendance and behavior problems, and makes every effort to correct the problem.

The Functions of SARB

Some of the more frequent actions of SARB include:
  • Recommending changes in the student's program that may be unusual but necessary
  • Directing the student and/or family to counseling
  • Arranging parenting classes for parents/guardians
  • Coordinating assistance from volunteers to help students get to school
  • Directing parents/guardians to escort students to school daily
  • Referral to community service volunteer programs
  • Assignment to independent study activities
  • Requiring students to attend school every day
  • Requesting assistance from other county agencies and programs when needed
  • Arranging for tutoring when needed
If SARB's directives are not carried out or if the student continues to be absent from school, late to classes, or misbehave, then the SARB may recommend to the school authorities to refer the case to the District Attorney's office for legal action.

SARB Facts

  • Absenteeism causes major losses in educational achievement
  • Absenteeism results in poor performance on tests
  • Absenteeism contributes to a higher dropout rate, delinquency, and vandalism
  • Unemployment and underemployment are common problems faced by dropouts
  • Absent pupils often become involved in daylight crime
  • Attendance is best when students are involved in school programs in which they can succeed
  • Absenteeism raises the cost per student for education
  • Older children in a family frequently set attendance patterns for younger brothers and sisters
  • Absence patterns are established as early as kindergarten
  • Students are required to attend school full-time between the ages of 6 and 18 (CA Education Codes §48200 and §48400).

How Do You Get Help from SARB?

Teachers, school administrators, parents, or students may seek SARB help when attendance and behavior problems have not been resolved through existing school resources.

Referrals to SARB may be made by school site administrators and the Chico Unified School District Child Welfare and Attendance Services Office.

If you need assistance in contacting your local SARB, please call Chico Unified School District Child Welfare and Attendance Services at 891-3182.


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