Student attendance is a high priority in the Tustin Unified School District. Students are required by law to attend school from the ages of 6-18. Studies have shown that students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate from high school and move on to post secondary education. Students who have multiple unexcused absences or truancies are notified via mail and are required to attend school site intervention meetings. If interventions put in place at the school site level are not successful, the school will refer the student to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) . Prior to being referred to the SARB panel the following steps will be followed:

3 or more unexcused absences
  • Student is classified as a truant
  • Letter 1 mailed home to parent/guardian
  • Student may be assigned Saturday School (high school)
6 or more absences
  • Student is classified as a repeat truant
  • Letter 2 mailed home to parent/guardian
  • Student/Parent is invited to a Parent/District Attorney Meeting
8 or more unexcused absences
  • Student is classified as a habitual truant
  • School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting is scheduled with administrator, parent, student and other school site staff

10 or more unexcused absences

  • Student/Parent eligible to be referred to School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Hearing at the Tustin Police Station.
Continued unexcused absences

  • Tustin Unified School District may refer the case to Orange County District Attorney's Office or to the Orange County Probation Department.

District Attorney Truancy Meetings

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

October 22, 2018 @ IUSD Learning Center, Room 1, 3387 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606

January 28, 2019 @ Tustin Unified School District (Board Room); 300 S C Street, Tustin, CA 92780

March 11, 2019 @ Beckman High School , Performing Arts Center, 3588 Bryan Avenue, Irvine, CA 92602

April 22, 2019 @ Utt Middle School (MPR Room); 13601 Browning Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)

The School Attendance Review Board is an intervention designed to help students and their families identify the issues related to their students' poor attendance. The SARB Panel consists of members from Tustin Unified School District such as, CWA Social Worker, Special Education Administrator, District Nurse, School Site Administrator and/or Counselor, in addition a representative from OC Probation, local law enforcement agency, and OC Social Services Agency are also on the panel. Our comprehensive panel is looking to identify solutions that are reasonable and effective for the student and family. In the event the parent and/or student is not cooperative, the panel may file with OC Probation or the OC District Attorney's Office.

SARB Hearings are held at the Tustin Police Department in the Briefing Room, 300 Centennial Way, Tustin, CA 92780.

Any further questions regarding the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) Process please contact:

Alexandra Albelo

Child Welfare and Attendance Social Worker/SARB Coordinator

(714) 730-7301 Ext 424