Attendance is a key indicator for student success. Pupil Services:

  • Develops, reviews and improves on attendance improvement programs throughout the district
  • Overviews and advise sites on “Truant” and “Habitual Truant” identification
  • Advises and assists site principals in conducting site-level School Attendance Review Team (SART) Meetings with parents of truant or irregularly attending students
  • Establishes, maintains and promotes Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) participation by community based organizations to ensure a broad spectrum of services are available to address student and family issues
  • Compiles, reviews and processes SARB Referral documents bi-monthly
  • Acts as Chair of the bi-monthly Community School Attendance Review Board (SARB) to address:
    • Irregular attendance
    • Truancy
    • Disruptive Behavior
    • Other issues that are beyond site-level intervention
  • Develops and presents case and material for County District Attorney mediation or prosecution for cases of extreme violations of issues under SARB jurisdiction

How to Report an Absence

To facilitate daily attendance record keeping and student accountability, please call the school whenever your child is absent, tardy or is to be dismissed early.
While calling please give the verifying employee or voice mail:
1. The name of the student who is absent or tardy.
2. Your name as the parent/guardian calling in the absence.
3. The date or dates of absence.
4. The reason for the absence or tardy.

If you are unable to call, please send a written excuse the next day, signed by a parent/guardian. Students who are chronically absent may be referred to our Coordinator of Pupil Services.

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A Basic Right and a Legal Duty

Attending school between the ages of 6 and 18 is not only a basic right of every person, but also a legal obligation. By law, parents/guardians are responsible for their children being in school every day during the school year. Education Code 48200

Regular Attendance Is Important

The Newark Unified School District Board of Education believes that regular attendance plays a key role in student achievement. We ask your fullest cooperation in seeing that your child attends school each day and is on time.

When a student has had ten (10) absences in a school year for illness, any further absences in the school year must be verified through your student’s physician. Parents/Guardians will have three school days to clear an absence following the return of the student. If proper verification is not provided within three school days, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. (AR 5113)

Absence from school shall be excused only for health reasons, family emergencies and justifiable personal reasons, as permitted by law. Board Policy 5113, Education Code 46010, 48216, 48205

Absences for Justifiable Personal Reasons

Upon your written request and approval by the school principal, your child may be excused from school for justifiable personal reasons such as an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observation of a religious holiday or ceremony of his/her religion, attendance at religious retreats or an employment conference. In addition, if a student is the custodial parent/guardian of a child, his/her absence shall be excused when the child is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours. Education Code 48205.7

Absences for Religious Purposes

After completing a minimum day, students who have written permission from their parents/guardians may be excused from school to attend religious services at a place away from school. Such absences are limited to four times per month. Education Code 46014

Confidential Medical Services

School authorities may excuse any student in grades 7-12 from school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the student’s parent/guardian. Education Code 46010.1

Private Tutor – Minimum Day

No child may be excused to attend private tutoring until the child has attended school that day for the minimum number of minutes required by law.

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

SARB was established in Newark Unified to develop new ways of coordinating school, community and home efforts to deal with student attendance and behavior problems. Education Code, State of California, deals with truancy in the following sections:

  • 48260 Any student subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school year or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the Superintendent of the school district.
  • 48290.5 The parent/guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the student at school. Parents/guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and are subject to prosecution. Parents/guardians have the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the student’s truancy.
  • 48261 Any student who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without valid excuse one or more days, or tardy for more than any 30-minute period on one or more days, shall again be reported as a truant to the attendance supervisor or the Superintendent of the school district.
  • 48262 Any student is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant more than three times per school year, provided that no student shall be deemed a habitual truant unless an appropriate district officer or employee has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one conference with a parent/guardian of the student and the student himself, after the filing of either of the reports required by Section 48260 or Section 48261.

As a result of this part of the Education Code, students found in violation of attendance and /or tardy regulations may be requested to appear before the district’s School Attendance Review Board. A SARB hearing is scheduled when all attempts at the classroom and school level have failed to remedy the attendance/tardy problem.

The SARB panel is typically composed of the district’s School Resource Officers, district nurse, site administrator, a representative from district administration, and a representative from a community based counseling service. SARB hearings are convened to identify the causes of truancy. The student and parents/guardians are required to attend.

At the conclusion of the hearing, a written attendance contract is generated and timelines and monitoring procedures are developed. The parent/guardian and student must sign the SARB contract. If the student and parent/guardian fail to comply with the SARB contract, the parents/guardians are referred to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

For grades 11 and 12, failure to comply with the attendance contract will result in the revocation or non issuing of work permits and may result in the district petitioning the court to revoke or delay the issuance of a California Driver’s License. (Vehicle Code 13202.7)