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BP 5147



Dropout Prevention


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) expects all students to remain in school until graduation in order to acquire critical knowledge and skills and be prepared for postsecondary education and/or employment. The Superintendent or designee shall identify factors that impede student success in school and shall implement integrated, systemic support and strategies that address dropout prevention and promote timely intervention and recovery.


The Superintendent or designee, in collaboration with community agencies and organizations as appropriate, shall develop schoolwide strategies that support regular school attendance for all students.  Dropout prevention strategies shall include efforts to provide a safe and positive learning environment that engages and motivates students, encourages students’ connectedness to the schools, offers meaningful educational opportunities, and promotes student health and well-being.


In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies to provide targeted support to individual students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Students may be identified based on indicators such as chronic absenteeism, truancy, or tardiness; below-grade-level academic achievement as evidenced by student assessment results and/or teacher evaluations; and personal, social, health, or economic circumstances that may affect student performance and behavior in school.


Strategies to support students at risk of dropping out of school may include, but are not limited to:


  1. Meetings and/or home visits with the student and parent/guardian to identify and address barriers to the student’s success and inform them of the state’s compulsory education law


  1. Assistance locating employment or work-based learning opportunities which link classroom learning with real-world experiences


  1. Academic guidance and personal counseling services


  1. Referral to a student success team, school attendance review board, or other team that addresses persistent attendance problems


  1. Referral to school and/or community support services, such as a student assistance program, health services, social services, a substance abuse program, and other resources


  1. Continued monitoring of student attendance


The strategies may be incorporated into the San Benito County Office of Education’s (SBCOE) local control and accountability plan and linked to SBCOE goals for student engagement, school climate, and student achievement.


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that employees are trained to support at-risk students and are prepared to implement intervention strategies or to make appropriate referrals to support services.


When a student leaves school prior to the end of a school year, or when a student successfully completed the prior school year but did not begin attending the next grade or school that he/she was expected to attend or had pre-registered to attend, the Superintendent or designee shall make efforts to determine whether the student has dropped out or has transferred to another educational setting. The Superintendent or designee may contact the student’s parents/guardians to verify school enrollment.


The Superintendent or designee shall annually report to the County Board on measures of student engagement, including school attendance rates, chronic absenteeism rates, middle school and high school dropout rates, and high school graduation rates.



Legal Reference:


35160 Authority of governing board

48200  Compulsory education

48260-48273 Truancy

48400-48403 Compulsory continuation education

48430-48438 Continuation education

48660-48666  Community day schools

49600-49604 Educational counseling

51260-51269  Gang and substance abuse prevention curriculum

51745-51749.3 Independent study

52060-52077  Local control and accountability plan

52300-52334 Regional occupational centers and programs

52890 Qualifications and duties of outreach consultants

54690-54697 Partnership academies

60900-60901  California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System

64000-64001 Single plan for student achievement


18986.40-18986.46 Interagency children’s services programs


6301-6322 Title I programs



Policy Adopted: 6-28-18