Student Attendance/Behavior Review Board (SARB) Overview

SARB was established by legislation in California in 1975 for the purpose of diverting minor students with school attendance or chronic behavior problems from the Juvenile Court system, if at all possible.

The multi-disciplinary panel meets regularly to assist and hold accountable parents and students for habitual truancy and excessive unexcused absences. Panel members represent a wide range of agencies that can offer interventions to students and families as they work to improve student attendance and school success.

Students are recommended to the SARB Board by the school, after at least 3 attempts to change the attendance issues at the school site have failed. To achieve these purposes, the legislation provides for a multi-agency SARB.

Staying in school is the first step to a good education.

When students become truant and do not attend school, everyone loses. Students lose the benefits of instruction, the district loses income, and the community suffers from an increase in juvenile crime.

The police and sheriff departments report that unsupervised, truant young people contribute to the greatest number of crimes, including auto and home burglaries. Truants are also victims, and may get involved in drug use and drug dealing.

Other Important SARB information:

  1. The Compulsory Education Law clearly states that all students must attend school from ages 6-18.
  2. If middle or high school students are chronically truant they may have their driver’s license delayed or revoked.
  3. The parent of a habitually truant student may be jailed or fined up to $250.00.
  4. Under Welfare Reform Laws, the family of a student who has irregular attendance may have monthly assistance payments reduced.
  5. A student who is identified as a "habitual truant" shall have his/her work permit revoked if the truancy continues.
  6. SARB Board Members may include representatives from the following agencies:
    1. School District
    2. District Attorney’s Office
    3. County Juvenile Probation Department
    4. County Health Department
    5. Department of Employment and Human Development
    6. Community agencies (police, counseling, etc)
  7. If attendance fails to show improvement after the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearing, the chairperson may refer the matter to the County Superintendent of Schools, the Juvenile Court or to the District Attorney. The assistance of other agencies may be utilized to ensure attendance.
Behavior Referrals to the Student Attendance Review Board

A new aspect has been added to the SARB, the behavior SARB. Students who display chronic behavior issues that cannot be solved at the school site will also be recommended to the SARB Board. Panel members represent a wide range of agencies that can offer interventions to students and families as they work to improve student behavior and school success.