School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
School Attendance Review Board (SARB) & Legal Recourse
The legislative intent is for SARBs to provide intensive guidance and coordinated community services to meet the needs of students with school attendance problems or school behavior problems. Local SARBs are designed to be multidisciplinary teams with membership that includes district staff and community agency partners. Students may be referred to SARB if they are habitually truant, a chronic absentee, or habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school. Parents must be notified of the interventions undertaken at the school, the name and address of the SARB to which the matter was referred, and the reason for the referral. SARBs may direct parents to make use of community services. If community services cannot resolve the issue or if parents have failed to respond to SARB directives, SARB may refer the student to a truancy mediation program or for legal recourse. If a criminal complaint is not prosecuted as recommended, the official making the determination must provide the SARB with a written explanation. Districts are required to gather and transmit to the county superintendent of schools the number and types of referrals to SARB and requests for petitions to the juvenile court pursuant to EC 48263.
References: EC 48320, 48321, 48263, 48263.5, 48273, 48291