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students receive awardsSchool Attendance Review Boards play a vital role in helping students and families address chronic absenteeism. These multi-agency boards offer a safety net by providing services and resources aimed at preventing students with school attendance or behavior problems from entering the juvenile justice system.

LACOE’s annual SARB Symposium provides a venue for sharing best practices and for recognizing local students who have successfully addressed truancy issues.

Held May 20 at LACOE, the symposium featured local programs that have been recognized as model SARBs by the California Department of Education.

“Our Model SARBs serve as mentors for local districts that struggle with attendance and behavioral issues,” said Marian Chiara, LACOE Child Welfare and Attendance coordinator and chair of the Los Angeles County SARB. “These successful programs remove barriers to regular school attendance by focusing on parent and student engagement and creating community partnerships that provide support services for families.”

The 2019 Model SARBs from Los Angeles County sharing their best practices at the May 20 symposium included Alhambra, Beach Cities (El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach), Bellflower/Paramount, Glendale, Hacienda La Puente and Long Beach.

“The key practices to making positive change in attendance are prevention, intervention and appropriate supportive relationship building,” said Victor Thompson, director of LACOE’s Student Support Services Division, which organizes the SARB Symposium.

A highlight of the SARB Symposium is the luncheon recognizing students receiving the Shirley Abrams SARB Turn Around Awards for attendance improvement. This year’s 14 awardees come from Azusa USD, El Rancho USD, Glendale USD and Hacienda La Puente USD.

View testimonials of previous SARB success stories here.

The Los Angeles County SARB provides direction and support to the 53 local boards. Currently, 89 percent of chronic truancy cases in the county are successfully handled at the school level with only 11 percent moving on to the SARB.

Learn more here.

Photo 1: Erin Simon, director of Student Support Services for Long Beach USD, shares best practices of their model SARB.

Photo 2: The Azusa USD team celebrates students who have earned the Shirley Abrams SARB Turn Around Award for attendance improvement.

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