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California State Law requires all persons under 18 years of age to attend school. Parents are responsible for their child's attendance.

A note written by the parent/guardian needs to be presented to the 1st period teacher on the first day a student returns from an absence to verify the reason for an absence. The school may contact the parent at home or work. Excused absences are granted for illness, doctor/dentist appointments, court appearances, and death of immediate family members. The same is true for excused tardies. The school will use the School Attendance and Review Board (SARB) to discourage truancies, unexcused absences, and excessive absences in general.


SARB (School Attendance and Review Board)

Who is referred to SARB?

  • Students with chronic attendance problems
  • Students with chronic behavior problems which have not been resolved through school and community efforts


Who is on the board?

  • Children and Family Services
  • Probation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Parent and/or Community Representatives
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • Child Welfare and Attendance Personnel
  • School Guidance Personnel
  • District Attorney's Office


Specified law related to attendance

  • Education Code, Section 48200. Students between the ages of 6 and 18 are required to attend school full-time unless otherwise exempt.
  • Education Code, Section 48263. Habitually truant and habitually insubordinate student may be referred to SARB.
  • Education Code, Section 48292, and Penal Code, Section 272. Failure to attend school as required may result in the filling of a complaint against the parents with the District Attorney's Office.