Fri 2 Apr 2010
By Hillary Vancil
What does it mean to be “SARBed?” To find out, four people who are deeply involved in student attendance and education were interviewed about the effectiveness of the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), as well as two students who have been SARBed. Through the interviews SARB’s effectiveness was demonstrated, as well as how SARB operates within Siskiyou County. SARB is also known as the truancy police. The board is in place to keep students in school.
There is a multi-step process to the board once a student is SARBed, and if its policies are violated there can and will be negative consequences. There can be consequences not only for the students, but possibly the parents and even the school, as well.
The SARB panel is made up of different members from throughout Siskiyou County that represent different venues. There is a principal, a superintendent, a member of law enforcement, a probation officer, a mental health worker, and the district attorney or a prosecutor. These members of the community are in charge of students who break the law and skip school. It is up to them to take the time out of their already busy lives to make sure that students are attending school and that the schools get maximum funding through ADA. (more…)Share on Facebook