School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

SARB was established by the California legislature in 1975 to:

  • Meet the needs of students who have attendance and/or behavior problems that keep them away from school and out of the classroom.

  • Provide guidance and coordinated community services to meet these students’ needs so they can overcome the problems that keep them from attending and achieving in school.

  • Promote new public and private community services that can help students with problems.

  • SARB is a group of concerned people—parents, school district staff, and representatives of community service agencies—who meet regularly to help resolve student attendance and behavior problems brought to their attention by a school staff member or a parent/guardian. California Law provides for a SARB Board that is made up of representatives from: public social service agencies, parents and/or community representatives, school staffs, law enforcement, probation departments, and private social service agencies.