The Attendance Improvement Office (AIO) was formed by the Elk Grove Unified School District in 2015 with the desired intent to monitor and improve the attendance of all students within the district.
The AIO is involved in a pilot program that covers four high school regions and their feeder middle and elementary schools. The four high school regions are Elk Grove, Florin, Laguna Creek and Valley. All schools utilize a number of research-based interventions that are designed to improve attendance and offer support in identified areas that may be impacting attendance.
The interventions may include documented student and parent communication, Student Attendance Review Team (SART) meetings, Partners Against Chronic Truancy (PACT) meetings, home visits with law enforcement, and Truancy Court. AIO often includes the Student Support Centers, district nurses, Foster Youth Services, Drug and Alcohol Services. Teen Parenting Resources, and two community based counseling services to assist with a variety of needs that impact children and their attendance.
School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
School Attendance Review Board (SARB) was established by the California legislature in 1975 for the purposes of maintaining a better effort to meet the needs of students with attendance and/or behavior problems and promoting the use of alternatives to the juvenile court system. SARB seeks to understand why students are experiencing attendance and/or behavior problems, and serves as a vehicle to correct those problems when existing school and community resources have been exhausted. SARB is specifically charged with funding solutions to unresolved student attendance and discipline problems by bringing together, on a regular basis, representatives of the multiple agencies such as Healthy Start Family Resource Centers, Foster Youth Services, and representatives from the Department of Human Assistance, Child Protective Services, the County Office of Education, Probation and other law enforcement agencies, such as Sheriffs, Police and the District Attorney’s Office.
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