Our goal is to support and encourage each student to come to school every day and on time. The Attendance Improvement Department consists of a Supervisor of Attendance, (4) School Community Workers and (1) Intervention Specialist who work directly with students and their families to increase daily attendance and encourage student engagement.  School attendance is one of the most reliable predictors of student success.  
    Interventions may include; Documented Student and Parent Communication, Habitual Truancy Conferences (HTC), Partners Against Chronic Truancy (PACT) meetings, Home Visits, Student Attendance Review Board Hearings (SARB) and Truancy Court.  AIP often collaborates with Student Support Centers, District Nurses, Foster Youth Services, McKinney Vento Liaisons, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and many outside wrap around agencies that assist with a variety of needs that impact children and their attendance.
    In 1974, the Legislature enacted California Education Code (EC) Sections 48320 to enhance the enforcement of compulsory education laws and to divert students with school attendance or behavior problems from the juvenile justice system.  Although the goal of a SARB is to keep students in school and provide them with meaningful educational experience, SARB boards do have the power, when necessary, to refer students and their parents or guardians to court. SARBs attempt to understand why students are experiencing attendance and/or behavior problems and seek to resolve those issues when existing school and community resources have been exhausted.
    Absences Add up! DISTANCE LEARNING
    Distance Learning attendance supports your student's achievement.  Every day a student misses school, he/she is at risk of falling behind academically.  Not only is the missed day lost, but the return day is also spent catching up.  Every day a student attends school is also a lesson in responsibility and commitment.  During Distance Learning, a student will be marked absent for the day if there is no evidence of one or more of the following:
    • Participation in online activities
    • Participation in synchronous classroom activities
    • Completion of asynchronous activities/assignments
    • Contact between employees of the school and students or parents/guardians regarding instruction or participation in daily activities


     Please contact the Attendance Department with any questions or concerns.  

    SJUSD Attendance Improvement Program
    (916) 979-8604
    Dominic Covello
    Student Support Services
    Attendance Improvement Program
    Lori Kehoe 
    Attendance Improvement Program
Last Modified on November 19, 2020