In Glendale Unified schools, we partner with parents and guardians to ensure that every child is in school every day. Excessive absences can be harmful to a student’s ability to develop good academic, social, and work skills.
Addressing Chronic Absenteeism
School districts have a processes for addressing chronic absenteeism to ensure all studnets are successful in school.
School Attendance Review Team (SART)
When a student is absent 5 full days (3 tardies = 1 full day) from school without a valid excuse, the student may be referred to a SART meeting held at their school site. SART meetings are a team effort, with students and parents/guardians included, to discover the source of the student's attendance issues, provide resources for the family, and build personal responsibility for the student to attend school. During the meeting, the student and parent/guardian will sign an attendance contract with the school.
School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
A SARB is a multi-agency panel that meets with the purpose of helping students who are not going to school and keeping students and parents out of the juvenile court system. A student may be referred to the SARB when habitually truant (5 or more truant events) and the school has attempted to support the student's attendance through a SART meeting.
District Attorney Meeting
Parents/guardians and students who fail to follow SARB directives may be referred to the District Attorney’s office to be prosecuted for violation of California’s Compulsory Education law (CA Penal Code 272, CA Education Code 48293).