Christine McCormick
Director, Student Services

Grace Espindola
Program Coordinator II

Baljit Liddar
Administrative Secretary

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

Intervention and Prevention Programs (IPP) offer and provide countywide School Attendance Review Board (SARB) services as per legislation (Education Code (EC) 48320 to 48325).  The focus is intensive guidance and coordinated community services that may be provided to meet the special needs of pupils with school attendance or behavior problems.  We also propose and promote the use of alternatives to the juvenile court systems.  IPP administers, organizes, and coordinates the countywide SARB program.

Foundation of the SARB Process:

Assistance from SARB may be requested when attendance or behavior problems have not been resolved through existing school and community resources.

SARB’s multi-agency partnership board recognizes the extensive costs to students, families and communities that truancy incurs.  SARB goals are to empower individual school districts to effectively respond to the issue of truancy; to provide intervention recommendations to families of truant students; to enforce the California mandatory school attendance regulations through the court process; and to reduce truancy in the schools of Sutter County.

Our SARB membership includes:

SARB coordinates three elements of work:

All three elements work together strategically to reinforce the importance of regular attendance and proper school behavior.

Prevention Work:

The SARB process begins with prevention, the most cost-effective way to increase school attendance.  Prevention activities also create the connections to school, promote school safety, and set high expectations with accountability, which are essential to high academic outcomes.

Prevention starts with the adoption of an effective school board policy on attendance well before the first formal SARB meeting with a pupil and his or her family. Such policy must reflect the philosophy that regular school attendance is critical. The policy and accompanying administrative regulations must include a formal means by which good attendance is recognized and holds schools accountable for attendance rates.

Central to prevention in the SARB process is school leadership.  School site and district leaders must commit to creating a culture of positive attendance.  The following culture should be about the overall welfare and success of the pupils rather than just focusing on school revenue and average daily attendance (ADA) and school leadership:

Early Identification:
The schools are in a key position to identify children with behavior and/or attendance concerns.  Because early symptoms can lead to more serious problems later on, it is important that prevention strategies be implemented early in the pupil’s schooling.  A system should be in place for preventive work to begin immediately upon enrollment and should include intensive case work for irregular attendance and/or noticeable behavior issues.  School-site attendance and administrative personnel should monitor pupils’ records and behavior frequently and should initiate appropriate intervention strategies if attendance or behavior patterns warrant intervention.  Any intervention should be tailored to the pupil and family strengths and assist them to assume responsibility for their behaviors.

Schools and SARBs have many options for addressing attendance or behavior problems.  Collectively, they can find the most appropriate solution for each student and family.  Schools need to explore their possible options prior to involving SARB, but SARB is an invaluable aid in suggesting or enforcing one or more of the following strategies:

SARB Process:

Referral to the SARB panel meeting: 



For further information, please contact our office.