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BP 5170


School Attendance Review Board


The San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) recognizes that poor school attendance and behavior problems negatively impact student achievement and put students at greater risk of dropping out of school. The Superintendent or designee shall establish a comprehensive and integrated system for the early identification of attendance problems and shall implement strategies to encourage students’ attendance. After other interventions have been exhausted, students with a pattern of unexcused absences may be referred to a school attendance review board (SARB), in accordance with applicable law, in order to receive intensive guidance and assistance.


The SARB shall maintain a continuing inventory of community resources, including SBCOE alternative educational programs.


The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with the SARB and appropriate community agencies, including, but not limited to, law enforcement agencies, child welfare agencies, and health services, to provide school-based and/or community-based interventions tailored to the specific needs of the student.


The SBCOE’s SARB shall provide support to improve student attendance and behavior through proactive efforts focused on building positive school environments and improved school connectedness, early identification and immediate intervention to re-engage students with poor attendance or behavior, and intensive intervention with students and families to address severe or persistent attendance or behavior issues.


The SBCOE’s SARB shall operate in accordance with Education Code 48320-48325, the Brown Act (Government Code 54950-54963), and the bylaws of the SARB.


The SARB shall collect data and annually report outcomes on SARB referrals to the San Benito County Board of Education, Superintendent or designee, and County Superintendent of Schools.  (Education Code 48273)


Legal Reference:


1740  Employment of personnel to supervise attendance (county superintendent); 1980-1986  County community school; 46010-46014  Absences; 48200-48208  Children ages 6-18 (compulsory full-time attendance); 48240-48246  Supervisors of attendance

48260-48273  Truants; 48290-48297 Failure to comply; complaints against parents; 48320-48325  School attendance review boards; 48340-48341  Improvement of student attendance; 48400-48403  Compulsory continuation education; 48660-48666  Community day school; 49067  Unexcused absences as cause of failing grade

CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE: 1985-1997  Production of evidence; means of production

GOVERNMENT CODE: 54950-54963  The Ralph M. Brown Act

PENAL CODEL 270.1  Chronic truancy; parent/guardian misdemeanor; 272  Parent/guardian duty to supervise and control minor child; criminal liability for truancy; 830.1  Peace officers

VEHICLE CODE: 13202.7  Driving privileges; minors; suspension or delay for habitual truancy

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE: 256-258  Juvenile hearing officer; 601-601.4  Habitually truant minors; 11253.5   Compulsory school attendance

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5: 306  Explanation of absence; 420-421  Record of verification of absence due to illness and other causes

COURT DECISIONS: L.A. v. Superior Court of San Diego County, (2012) 209 Cal.App.4th 976


Policy Adopted: 4-12-18