Coordinated Student Services
Office of School Support Services
School Attendance Review Board
What is SARB?
The purpose of SARB, founded in 1975, is to:
- Assist students who are not going to school.
- Keep students and parents out of juvenile court.
- Students with chronic attendance problems are referred to SARB.
The SARB process begins at the school. The school can do the following:
- Phone calls or letters to the parent
- Parent meetings with the counselor, teacher, or administrator
- Attendance contract with the student, school, and parent
- School Attendance Review Team (SART) meetings
If the student’s attendance does not improve after these steps are taken, the student is referred to SARB.
SARB meets Wednesdays at LBPD West Station, 1835 Santa Fe Avenue, Community Room, in Long Beach to work with parents and students to solve attendance problems.
What happens at the SARB hearing?
- The school Assistant Principal or counselor reports on the attendance record.
- SARB members ask the student and parent to explain why the student is not going to school.
- SARB members make recommendations to assist the family and student.
How do you get help from SARB?
- Call your school and speak to the counselor, Assistant Principal, or Principal for a referral.
What can SARB recommend for students?
- Help students find employment.
- Counseling programs for the student and/or family.
- Parenting classes to support parents.
- A student transfer to an alternative school or program.
- Assistance from other agencies and programs (Probation, Police, Children’s Services, counseling and mental health)
- After-school tutoring.
Specific laws related to attendance:
- Education Code, Section 48200. Students between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school.
- Education Code, Section 48260. A student is a habitual truant when he/she is absent from school without an excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30minute period during the school day three times.
- Education Code, Section 48263. Truant students may be referred to SARB.
- Education Code, Section 48293(a). A parent or guardian may be held responsible if a student does not follow the SARB contract.
- Vehicle Code 13202.7 The court may revoke or delay a driver’s license of a student between the ages of 13 and 18 if he/she is a habitual truant.
- Truancy Ordinance. A city ordinance which allow law enforcement to cite students who are not in school.