Child Welfare & Attendance
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MATTERS!
As many as 7.5 million students nationwide miss nearly a month of school every year,
excused and unexcused absences that erode student achievement.
The best curriculum and instruction
won’t work unless students show up for school.
The Purpose of CWA:
Support district and school efforts to combat chronic absence and truancy through multi-level approaches
Identify best practices, provide training and education, and facilitate forums for sharing strategies
Assist with establishing and maintaining community partnerships
Support families in addressing barriers to school attendance
Initiatives & Resources:
In School + On Track 2016
Attorney General’s toolkit aimed at how to talk to parents of elementary school students about their children’s absences.
Attendance Awareness Month Campaign – Attendance Works
Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address & Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/chronicabsenteeism/toolkit.pdf
California Department of Education, Child Welfare and Attendance
Sheri Hanni - SARB Coordinator
Truancy / SARB:
Definition of a Truant Student
Truancy Mediation (9th through 12th grade)
School Attendance Review Board (SARB):
SARB’s as multi-agency partnerships, recognize the extensive costs to students, families and communities that truancy causes. Composed of representatives from schools and community agencies, SARB’s meet regularly to provide support and interventions to students with school attendance and discipline problems and their families. In addition, SARB’s empower individual schools and districts to effectively respond to the issues of truancy and enforce the California mandatory school attendance regulations through the court process when necessary.
California Department of Education
State SARB Handbook
Truancy Mediation - Butte County program (9th – 12th grade)
A partnership between Butte County Office of Education and the Butte County District Attorney’s office specifically designated to address attendance concerns with high school students where there is no district SARB or a school/SARB determines that Mediation would be more appropriate for a particular student.
4 Key Findings for High Schools