Student Attendance Review Board
The Student Attendance Review Board is a tool to provide intensive guidance and coordinated community services to meet the needs of students with persistent school attendance or school behavior problems.
Acceptable Reasons for Excused Absences (Education Code 46010, 46010.3, 48205)
1. Personal illness (school may require doctor’s note verifying absence after 10 days).
2. Quarantine under the direction of a health officer.
3. Personal medical dental, optometric or chiropractic appointment.
4. Funeral services for a member of the immediate family (limited to one day in the state, and three days out of state).
5. Student serving on jury duty.
6. Exclusion for illness or medical appointment of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.
7. Personal court appearance (requires verification).
8. Prior Principal approval for employment conference.
9. Employment in the Entertainment Industry for a maximum of up to five absences per school year.
10. Observance of a religious holiday or ceremony (recommend three (3) days advance notice to school).
11. Religious retreat (limited to four hours per semester).
12. Prior Principal approval for reasons, which may not be included elsewhere, but are pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.
13. Religious observance or exercise for moral or religious instruction limited to four (4) days per month. Student must attend minimum school day hours. Education Code 46014 requires a School Board adopted resolution.
Truancies and Unexcused Absences
The following reasons are not acceptable for being absent from school and are considered truancies or unexcused absences during the regular school year.
1. Going to work with parent or other family member.
2. Going to the beach, lake, river, mountains or desert.
3. Going to a concert.
4. Getting ready for a date.
5. Baby-sitting, taking care of other family members.
6. Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
7. Joyriding or partying.
8. Personal problems.
9. Repairing car or household items.
10. Waiting for service or repair people to arrive.
13. Attending a sporting event.
14. Any other reason not included in “Acceptable Reason for Excused Student Absences.”
15. Bus not available/missing bus.
16. Participating in a student demonstration off campus.
All absences must be verified within 3 days of the student returning to school. Failure to verify the absence will result in an unexcused absence (Adelanto School District Board Policy 5113).
The SARB Process As Established by LAW
On the third (3) unexcused absences the student is classified as a truant (reported to attendance administrator) and the first (1) letter sent to home.
On the fourth (4) unexcused absence the student remains truant (reported to attendance administrator) and the second letter is sent home. In addition to the letter, a School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting is scheduled to discuss the attendance.
On the fifth (5) unexcused absence the student is classified as a habitual truant and subject to a summons to appear at a School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
Ten (10) excused absences is considered to be excessive. Education Code 48260 states that Any pupil subject to full-time education or to compulsory education who is absent from school without valid excuse more than three days or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse or three occasions in one school year,or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance administrator or superintendent of the school district.
It is also important to note that when a parent takes their child out of school early, for reasons not acceptable as excused, for longer than a 30 minute period, more than three times during the year, that child becomes a truant.
Penalties (Education Code 48293)
The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) will ask the parent and the student to sign an attendance contract. Failure to comply with the contract will result in the order of a citation to appear in court.
A fine of not more than $100.00 plus penalties could amount to as much as $486.00.
A fine of not more than $320.00 plus penalties could amount to as much as $1086.00.
3rd or Subsequent Conviction
A fine of not more than $500.00 plus penalties could amount to $2,000.86.
Any minor under the age of 18 years, but 13 years of age or older who is a habitual truant may have his/her driving privilege suspended for one year.
Failure to enroll your student in an approved educational program could result in a $2,500.00 fine + 1 year county jail + probation up to 5 years.
Parents are responsible for a child’s attendance from the age 6 until age 18 (Education Code 48200).