Contact Information

Shauna Ashmore
Director, Student Support Services
(805) 497-9511 x233

Maria Chavez
Student Support Services
GATE, SARB, Caregiver Authorization, Homeless/Foster Care
(805) 497-9511 x296

Please note: If your student is referred to SARB both you and your student are expected to attend the meeting at the date and time assigned. If you do not attend, the meeting will be conducted without you and your input. We generally do not reschedule SARB meetings and times.

Welcome to School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) addresses the chronic attendance and truancy problems of students. SARB offers students a last chance to improve attendance before a referral is made to juvenile court.

California Labor Code

You are legally entitled to take time off from work to attend SARB meetings. Click here for a copy of the labor code for your employer. 

Código Laboral de California

In 2000, a truancy intervention program was established by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office to work closely with most of the school districts in Ventura County, Probation, law enforcement agencies, Behavioral and Public Health, Interface and other community based organizations in Ventura County. It is designed to maximize school attendance, performance and eventual graduation from high school. A Deputy District Attorney participates in a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) meetings with participating school districts to address on-going truancy problems.

Based on their attendance, students are referred to their local SARB for a meeting. The parent(s)/guardian(s) and student are required to attend this SARB meeting. At this meeting, the attendance history is discussed as well as any problems or concerns the parent may have that contributes to the student's lack of attendance. SARB and the parent(s)/guardian try to reach a mutually acceptable agreement regarding the student's attendance issues. The student may be referred to school based programs such as tutoring, "Saturday school", clean up duty with the janitor, etc. The family may also be referred to the local community based or publicly funded organization during this meeting. At the end of the SARB meeting, an attendance contract is signed by the parent(s), student and SARB members listing the requirements SARB has set forth.

As attendance improves the likelihood of crime decreases. The threat of consequences increases participating incentive to reduce truancy and delinquency. The possibility of a sanction also increases the effectiveness of restorative solutions, which strive to identify and remove barriers to student participating and academic success.

One of the biggest problems has been holding truants accountable for their attendance. If the student continues to be truant and ignores the directives of SARB, the student and/or parent/guardian can be cited by the local law enforcement agency for violating the Education Code. If a ticket is issued, the student and/or parent is required to come to court. If found guilty, the student is required to pay a fine or complete community service hours. If found guilty, parents are required to pay a fine. The amount of the fine increases with each consecutive citation.