Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

School Attendance Review Boards Handbook & Forms

The School Attendance Review Boards Handbook includes sample forms to help county and local school attendance review boards identify and handle attendance problems early.

School Attendance Review Board Handbook External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Provides information on establishing a School Attendance Review Board (SARB); identifies behavioral patterns of problem students; gives helpful hints on how to work with students and their parents or guardians; suggests by-laws and standing rules; identifies effective factors for parent and pupil conferences; lists California compulsory attendance and other related laws; and provides sample letters and forms to petition the Probation Department, Office of the District Attorney, and the courts.

Sample Forms

Taken from Appendix A of the SARB Handbook, several of the following forms, letters, and other documents are suggested examples and are intended to be modified as appropriate. Establishing uniformity within a SARB would expedite processing and build consistency as personnel move from one area to another. Although Education Code sections 48260.5, 48261, and 48262 offer specific language in regard to parent notification, additional notifications or invitations to meet may be effective.

Sample Parental Notifications and Forms (English) (DOC)
Available Translations of Sample Parental Notifications and Forms
Model SARBs use these forms, letters, and other documents to seek involvement and collaboration of families to ensure the success of all children.

San Juan Unified School District's Chronic Illness Verification Form External link opens in new window or tab.
The Chronic Illness Verification Sample Form allows parents to excuse absences due to a specific medical condition with the same authority as a medical professional. Appreciation is extended to staff members of the San Juan Unified School District who permitted the California Department of Education to use their Chronic Illness Verification Form as an example for statewide use.

Questions:   Educational Options Office |
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 11, 2023