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  • Chronic absenteeism can affect students as early as elementary school.
  • Students who are chronically absent are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of third grade.
  • Students who are chronically absent are more likely to eventually drop out of school.

Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)

Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)

The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is designed to intervene when a school district identifies students who have problems with school attendance or school behavior. When a student develops a pattern of irregular attendance, including truancies, excessive tardies, or early releases, and excessive excused absences, a school administrator may refer a student and his/her family to SARB. The Student Services Department is responsible for conducting the SARB meeting and making necessary referrals to the district attorney. SARB is intended to help students solve their problems and divert them away from the juvenile court system.

If a parent fails to attend SARB meetings or fails to comply with the SARB directives (that is, fails to get the child back in school), the school district may file a criminal complaint against the parent or guardian for violating the compulsory education laws (Education Code sections 48200 through 48324). 


Do you need additional information on how your child's absences affect their ability to keep up with school? Are you looking for resources that may assist you in preventing future absences for your child? Your school and the Student Services Department are here to assist you in helping your child attend school regularly and on time. We may be able to connect you to school or community resources, which can include counseling, homeless assistance, and links to other emergency assistance programs.


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MCUSD Excused Absense Definitions

Excused Absences
A student's absence shall be excused for the following reasons:

1.    Personal illness. (Education Code 46010)
2.    Quarantine under the direction of a County or City health officer. (Education Code 48205)
3.    Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointments. (Education Code 48205)
4.    Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family which shall be limited to one day if the service is conducted in California or three days if the service is conducted out of state. (Education Code 48205). Immediate family shall be defined as mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister, brother-sister-in-law, or any relative living in the student’s immediate household. (Education Code 45194, 48205)
5.    Jury duty in the manner provided by law. (Education Code 48205)
6.    The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent (Education Code 48205)
7.    Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to: (Education Code 48205)

a.    Appearance in court
b.    Attendance at a funeral service
c.    Observation of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
d.    Attendance at religious retreats not to exceed four hours per semester
e.    Attendance at an employment conference
f.    Attendance at an educational conference offered by a nonprofit organization on the legislative or judicial process

8.    Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 12302 (Education Code 48205)
9.    To spend time with his/her immediate family member who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Education Code 49701, and has been called to duty for deployment to a combat zone or a combat support position or is on leave from or has immediately returned from such deployment (Education Code 48205)
10.    Participation in religious exercises or to receive moral and religious instruction in accordance with District policy. (Education Code 46014)

a.    In such instances, the student shall attend at least the minimum school day.
b.    The student shall be excused for this purpose on no more than four (4) school days per month.


Advance Written Permission

The following absences may be excused if approved by the principal or designee at least two (2) days in advance whenever possible:

  • College visitations for twelfth (12th) grade pupils.
  • County Fair projects-animals.
  • Medical appointment of family members when no child care is available.
  • Meeting with attorney.
  • Court ordered visitation with parent.
  • Extended time out-of-town for family member funeral.
  • Emergency illness or medical appointment of family members.
  • Natural disasters including fires, floods, landslide and heavy snows making roads impassable.
  • Family emergency.


Method of Verification

When a student who has been absent returns to school, he/she shall present a satisfactory explanation within 3 days, verifying the reason for the absence. Absences shall be verified by the student’s parent/guardian, other person having control of the minor, or the student if age 18 or older. (Education Code 46012; 5 CCR 306)

The following methods may be used to verify student absences:

1.    Written note, fax, email, or voice mail from parent/guardian or parent representative
2.    Conversation, in person, by telephone, by voice mail, or by email between the verifying employee and the student’s parent/guardian or parent representative. The employee shall subsequently record the following:

a.    Name of student.
b.    Name of parent/guardian or parent representative.
c.    Name of verifying employee.
d.    Date(s) of absence.
e.    Reason for absence.

3.    Visit to the student’s home by the verifying employee, or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reasons stated. The employee shall document the verification and include the information specified in item #2 above.

4.    Physician’s verification.

a.    When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, District staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments but may contact a medical office to confirm the time of the appointment.
b.    When a student has had 14 absences in the school year for illness verified by methods listed in #1-3 above, any further absences for illness shall be verified by a physician.


Board Administrative Regulation Adopted:    05-19-94
Revised:    12-17-98
Revised:    8-15-13