Child Welfare & Attendance


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 2016 Report on California’s Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis
Attorney General's 2016 Report on California's Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis

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

Attendance Works logo
Attendance Awareness Campaign logo

Planning Tool:

U.S. Department of Education logo U.S. Department of Education
Every Student, Every Day:
A National Initiative to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism

Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address & Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/chronicabsenteeism/toolkit.pdf

Get Schooled

California Department of Education, Child Welfare and Attendance

University of Chicago Consortium on School Research - Attendance and Grades are Best Indicators for Success
5 Key Findings for Middle Grades4 Key Findings for High Schools

Teaching Attendance

The Power of Positive Connections

Students in class
By high school, regular attendance is a better dropout indicator than test scores.


Sheri Hanni - SARB Coordinator
CfTE, 5 County Center Drive, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 532 - 5811

Truancy / SARB:

Definition of a Truant Student
A pupil who is absent from school without valid excuse for three days in one school year, or is tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school year without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination of the above. Education Code § 48260.

Truancy Mediation (9th through 12th grade)
As students get older, more accountability is expected of them. The District Attorney may determine that a truant High School or possibly a Jr. High student is responsible for their own truancy. If after repeated letters and warnings and meeting with the student and parent, the student continues to be truant the District Attorney's office may file a Welfare and Institutions Code violation 601b - Habitual Truancy against the student.

California Department of Education - Truancy
Definitions, Notifications, Penalties - - - http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/tr/

In School + On Track 2016
Attorney General’s 2016 Report on California’s Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis
Attorney General's 2016 Report on California's Elementary School Truancy & Absenteeism Crisis

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.

SARB Resources:
California Department of Education
SARB Information http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb/

California Department of Education
SARB Handbook and Forms https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ai/sb/sarbhandbook.asp

State SARB Handbook

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
From Looking Forward to High School and College https://consortium.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/publications/4%20Key%20Findings-HS-Final.pdf