School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.)

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What is S.A.R.B.?

  • The School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.) is an interagency group authorized by California law that assists families experiencing school truancy, attendance, and behavioral problems to find solutions by providing resources and guidelines. (Education Code Section 48320 et seq.)
  • The goal of the S.A.R.B. is to help families comply with California’s compulsory attendance laws.  To achieve this goal, the law provides for a multi-agency S.A.R.B. that includes the following agencies:  Student and family services, Probation, Student welfare and attendance personnel, School Nurse, and Mental Health representatives
  • In 1974, the Legislature enacted Education Code Section 48320 to enhance the enforcement of compulsory attendance laws. This legislation made way for the establishment of the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) that became operative in 1975.
  • Student Services utilizes SARB to provide coordinated services between the school, community agencies and the home, in an effort to resolve attendance problems.


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Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.