In California students with poor attendance or behavior are dropping out from school in alarming numbers. Parents need to understand their role in establishing a pattern of regular school attendance. Glendale Unified School District welcomes open and effective communications, such as meetings with administration, teachers, counselors and connecting through parent connect.
California Compulsory Attendance Law
California compulsory education law requires everyone between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school, except sixteen and seventeen-year-olds who have graduated from high school or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam and obtained parental permission to leave. Some students, however, violate compulsory education laws and have a pattern of unexcused absences. Although truancy and excessive absenteeism are not new problems, they cause costly, long-term problems for the students, school, and the community. Excessive absences can be harmful to a student’s ability to develop good academic, social and work skills.
Truancy and Unexpected Absences
A student becomes truant when any combination of 3 or more full-days of school, class periods, or is 30-minutes tardy to class without a valid excuse. If a student becomes habitually truant, he or she may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB). For an in-depth look at our truancy flowchart, click here. For the Board Policy on truancy, click here.
School Attendance Review Team (SART).
When a student is absent to school/class on 4 separate occasions without a valid excuse, the student may be referred to a SART meeting held at their school-site. SART meetings are a team effort (parents 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(s) will be put on an attendance contract with the school.
School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is a multi-agency panel that meet 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 truant events) and the school has attempted to support the student's attendance through a SART meeting.
Dr. Ilin Magran, Director - Ext. 1500
- Foster Youth & Homeless Youth Liaison
- Chair of School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
- Intern Academy
- Mental Health
- Parent Engagement
Hilda Markarian, Clerk II - Ext. 1418
- Lincoln Elementary
- Monte Vista Elementary
- Mountain Ave Elementary
- R.D. White Elementary
Boghos Patatian, Clerk II - Ext. 1223
- Cerritos Elementary
- Thomas Edison Elementary
- Horace Mann Elementary
- John Marshall Elementary
- John Muir Elementary
- Roosevelt Middle
- Wilson Middle
- Glendale High
- Daily High
Vartoush Haghverdian, Clerk II - Ext. 1480
- Balboa Elementary
- Columbus Elementary
- Franklin Elementary
- Thomas Jefferson Elementary
- Mark Keppel Elementary
- Valley View Elementary
- Toll Middle
- Hoover High
Lillian Melara, Attendance Worker - Ext 1221
- Dunsmore Elementary
- John Fremont Elementary
- Glenoaks Elementary
- La Crescenta Elementary
- Verdugo Woodlands Elementary
- Rosemont Middle
- Clark High
- Crescenta Valley High