San Juan Unified's goal is to support and encourage each student to come to school every day and on time. Our team works 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.
Student success starts with good attendance and is the responsibility of the student, family, and school. The U.S. Department of Education reports that for every missed day of school, it takes a student two days to catch up since he/she must make up missed learning and catch up with new learning at the same time.
Parents can help their children be successful by encouraging regular attendance. Regular attendance has been linked to higher achievement, stronger bonds to the school and community, lower rates of delinquent and high-risk behavior, and increased participation in higher education.
Parents have a vital role in ensuring and promoting regular attendance at school. Regular attendance is necessary for success in school, and as a parent, you are the key person who can make a difference. The earlier a student sets a pattern of going to school, the better they will do throughout their school career. Students who attend regularly are the least likely to drop out of school.
We ask that families support efforts to increase attendance by making a conscientious effort to:
- Ensure students arrive at school and class on time.
- Plan family vacations during non-school days and summer break.
- Try to schedule doctor appointments for your child after school hours.
- Bring your child to school before and after appointments that are scheduled during the school day.
- Only allow your child to stay home when he/she has a contagious illness or is too sick to attend school.
School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
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.
Attendance Improvement Program
- Why does it matter if my child misses school or comes in late?
- What is the difference between an excused and an unexcused absence?
- My student is sick. Shouldn’t my child stay home?
- What about a family emergency? If the car breaks down, or there’s a relative in the hospital, is that an excused absence?
- Transportation is an issue for my family. What can I do?
- The school says my child has an unexcused absence when it should have been excused. What can I do?
- I’d like to keep track of my child’s attendance myself. How do I do that?
- What is chronic absenteeism?
- What is considered "PERFECT" attendance?