SARB was established by legislation in California in 1975 for the purpose of diverting minor students with school attendance or chronic behavior problems from the Juvenile Court system, if at all possible.
The multi-disciplinary panel meets regularly to assist and hold accountable parents and students for habitual truancy and excessive unexcused absences. Panel members represent a wide range of agencies that can offer interventions to students and families as they work to improve student attendance and school success.
Students are recommended to the SARB Board by the school, after at least 3 attempts to change the attendance issues at the school site have failed. To achieve these purposes, the legislation provides for a multi-agency SARB.
Staying in school is the first step to a good education.
When students become truant and do not attend school, everyone loses. Students lose the benefits of instruction, the district loses income, and the community suffers from an increase in juvenile crime.
The police and sheriff departments report that unsupervised, truant young people contribute to the greatest number of crimes, including auto and home burglaries. Truants are also victims, and may get involved in drug use and drug dealing.