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Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) / Truancy

 

The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is designed to intervene when a school district identifies students who have problems with school attendance or school behavior. When a student develops a pattern of irregular attendance, including truancies, excessive tardies, early releases, and/or excessive excused absences, a school administrator may refer a student and his/her family to SARB. The Student Services Department is responsible for conducting the SARB meeting and making necessary referrals to the district attorney. SARB is intended to help students and their familes address their problems and divert them away from the juvenile court system.

If a parent or guardian fails to attend SARB meetings or fails to comply with the SARB contract (that is, fails to get the child back in school), the school district may file a criminal complaint against the parent or guardian for violating the compulsory education laws (Education Code sections 48200 through 48324).
 
If you have questions, please contact Tim Ware at 760-966-7888 or Laura Vines at 760-966-7830.
 
 
OCEANSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
EXCUSED ABSENCE DEFINITIONS
 
EXCUSED ABSENCE
COMPULSORY ED EXCUSED
CODE E
JUSTIFIABLE PERSONAL ABSENCE
COMPULSORY ED EXCUSED
CODE P
Illness or Injury
Court Appearance
Medical, dental, optometric, or
chiropractic services
Funeral services of someone other than immediate family
Quarantine under the direction of a
county or city health officer
Religious holiday or ceremony
Funeral service – immediate family (1) day in California and not more than (3) days outside of California
Religious retreat (not to exceed (4) hours per semester)
Precinct board member for an election per section 12302 of the Education Code
Employment Conference
Jury Duty
Family emergencies
Illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent
Appearance at SARB or SART
BOARD POLICY 5113: JUSTIFIABLE PERSONAL ABSENCES:
“the pupil’s absences have been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board”, and “the Governing Board directs the justifiable absences under Education Code 48205 shall be granted only for comparable short-term absences (maximum 3 consecutive days), and that they shall not be granted for such purposes as traveling with parents on a vacation or business trip, nor for early starts or late returns from such trips”.