• School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

    Overview

    The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) aims to develop relationships with students and families in order to understand the challenges that students face in attending school. The School Attendance Review Board’s (SARB) goal is to improve graduation rates and reduce dropout rates for students with continuous attendance challenges; its purpose is to support students and families to identify and address these issues. Students are referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) after all the resources available to a school’s Student Attendance Review Team (SART) have been exhausted.

    OUSD’s School Attendance Review Board (SARB) was established by the California legislature in 1975. The review board includes site representatives, community representatives, law enforcement, members of the probation department, District staff, community-based organizations, and the SARB facilitator. As a team, they represent and utilize resources within the community in order to meet the unique needs of students and families who struggle to attend school regularly. The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to screen, review, and recommend (contract) a specific plan of action to resolve the attendance issues of each student referred to SARB.


    Goals/Priorities

    • Promote a culture and practice of positive attendance in schools
    • Develop and implement intervention strategies in order to interrupt negative attendance patterns and reduce chronic absenteeism
    • Provide support to habitually-truant students and families through the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) process
    • Conduct School Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearings and reviews that are culturally-sensitive to student and family conditions
    How Our Work is a Part of the Strategic Plan

    For students to be prepared for success in college and careers, they must attend school every day in order to make the most of the opportunities and supports available to them. However, for those students who struggle with attending school on a regular basis, the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) process is designed to support these students and families by providing and connecting them to resources and services to help get and keep students in school. The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is aligned to various District departments as well as school sites in order to promote a culture of positive attendance in our schools.

    Programs and Services

    • Work together with students and families to help them understand and address key attendance challenges that students face, both in and out of school, as well as promote the benefits of attending school
    • Connect students and families to resources, local agencies, and/or community-based service providers (e.g., counseling services, parenting classes, afterschool programs, etc.)
    • Refer students to various alternative education opportunities, where appropriate (e.g., independent study, Job Corp., Conservation Corp., etc.)
    • Coach and train site administrators and District staff on the importance of attendance, intervention strategies, and processes that can be used to reduce chronic absenteeism
    • Work with the District Attorney and Probation department regarding parental and student truancy referrals    
    For More Information on OUSD School Attendance Review Board (SARB), Please Contact

    Kirk Lawson
    Community Coordinator, Program Assistant / School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Facilitator
    Office: (510) 879-4623
    Fax: (510) 879-3123
    Email: Kirk.Lawson@ousd.org