School Site Administrators will ensure that every classroom teacher takes and keeps accurate attendance records.
Principals will establish a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) that is multidisciplinary. The SART's membership will consist of representatives from the following disciplines:
- Counseling (academic/psychological)
- Health Services
- Special Education when appropriate
- Clerical Support
School attendance personnel will classify students as truants when they have missed at least three school days or period absences without having a valid excuse within the school year.
School attendance personnel will send a letter to inform the parents or guardians and the student of the truancy problem (first truancy letter).
School personnel will immediately establish a daily attendance sign-in program and, thus, monitor student compliance.
The student's counselor will be notified and a Student Intervention Plan will be established.
The SART must make every effort to meet with the student and parent(s) to address the reasons why the problem is occurring.
The SART will establish a Student Intervention Plan with the parent and the student to help them comply with compulsory attendance. This Student Intervention Plan may include, but is not limited to, academic support, health services, counseling support, special education, and case management.
The SART will periodically assess the attendance progress of all students and refer non-compliant students to the Youth Services Department Attendance Team. Kindergarten through 12th grade students will be referred to SARB. A representative from SART must present to the SARB.
SARB will provide a School Attendance Agreement to parents of the students to inform them of their obligation to ensure that they attend school on time, every day.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD - SARB
The San Bernardino City Unified School District SARB, as a multi-agency partnership, recognizes the negative effects truancy has on the community. The mission of the SARB is to help students stay in school, attend school regularly and graduate. SARB is a community-based effort to bring together resources to assist families with attendance and truancy issues. San Bernardino City Unified School District’s SARB works in collaboration with community partners such as (but not limited to) the District Attorney’s Office, District Police, San Bernardino City Law Enforcement Branches, San Bernardino County Juvenile Probation Department, California Department of Corrections, The Autism Society, San Bernardino City Faith Community, Loma Linda University: Community Health & Education Workers and San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Making Attendance a Priority program (MAP).
A serious attendance problem often begins with only a few absences. District counselors, teachers’ nurses, district police officers and a school attendance review team may be brought in to help students at the school site level. As per Ed. Code 48263.6 when the school has exhausted all resources and a student’s attendance has not improved, a family may be referred to a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearing.
The SARB process has great potential to promote the understanding by pupils and their parents/guardians of the importance of regular school attendance.
California Education Codes
48200 - Children Between Ages of 6 and 18 Years
Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years, not otherwise exempted, is subject to compulsory full-time education.
48260 (a) - Definition of Truant
Any pupil subject to compulsory, full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.
48293 (a) - Penalties Against Parents
Any parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of any pupil who fails to comply with compulsory education laws may be guilty of an infraction and/or fine.