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School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

A serious attendance problem often begins with a few unexcused absences.  District counselors, teachers, nurses, district police officers and a school attendance review team may be brought in to help students at the school site level.  When the school has exhausted all resources and a student's attendance has not improved, then a family may be referred to a Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) hearing.

The San Bernardino City Unified School District SARB , as a multi-agency partnership, recognizes the negative effects truancy has on the community. The mission of the SARB is to help students stay in school, attend school regularly and graduate.  SARB is a community-based effort to bring together resources to assist families with attendance and truancy issues. The SARB is the district’s effort to keep students and families out of the court system. San Bernardino City Unified School District’s SARB works in collaboration with community partners such as (but not limited to) the District Attorney’s Office, District Police, San Bernardino City Police Department, San Bernardino Juvenile Probation, San Bernardino Public Defenders Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Corrections, and United States Department of Justice. The SARB process has great potential to promote the understanding by pupils and their parents/guardians of the importance of regular school attendance.  

California Education Codes

48200 – Children Between Ages of 6 and 18 Years
Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years, not otherwise exempted, is subject to compulsory full-time education.

 48260 (a) - Definition of Truant
Any pupil subject to compulsory, full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.

48293 (a) – Penalties Against Parents

Any parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of any pupil who fails to comply with compulsory education laws may be guilty of an infraction and/or fine. 


Ray Culberson

Susann Hazen
Youth Services Specialist
SARB Chairman

Brenda Chow
Youth Services Specialist

Maura Vallejo
Youth Services Specialist

Tiffany Avant
Clerk II

WHAA Building
1535 West Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92411

Ph: (909) 880-6807
Fax: (909) 473-8902

8:00am -4:30pm

San Bernardino City Unified School District, 777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410, (909) 381-1100
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