Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake


School Attendance Review Board

The School Attendance Review Board process is an intervention designed to help students and their families identify the issues related to their students' attendance and provide appropriate resources.

The SARB panel consists of members from the Saddleback Valley Unified School District as well as outside agencies, including District Coordinators from Student Services, Coordinator of Mental Health, District Nurse, School Site Administrator, Orange County Probation, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Orange County Social Services.

Our comprehensive panel is looking to identify solutions that are reasonable and effective for the student and family. In the event the parent and/or student is not cooperative, the panel may take action by filing a petition with Orange County Probation or the Orange County District Attorney's Office.


SARB Process

3 or more unexcused absences

  • Student Classified as a truant
  • Letter 1 mailed home to parent/guardian
  • Student assigned Saturday School (secondary)
6 or more unexcused absences
  • Student classified as a repeat truant
  • Letter 2 mailed home to parent/guardian
  • Parent will be contacted via phone to discuss absences/truancies
  • Student assigned Saturday School (secondary)

***Student/Parent invited to a Parent/District Attorney Meeting***

10 or more unexcused absences
  • Student classified as a habitual truant
  • Letter 3 mailed home inviting parent to mandatory meeting with school administration
  • Student assigned Saturday School (secondary)
Continued unexcused absences
  • Student/Parent will be referred to a SARB Hearing
  • All SARB hearings will be held at the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Office


SARB Hearing Dates

SARB Hearings for the 2023-2024 school year will ALL be held at the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Office: 25631 Peter A. Hartman Way,  Mission Viejo, CA 92691 on the following dates:

  • October 25, 2023
  • November 15, 2023
  • December 6, 2023
  • January 17, 2024
  • January 31, 2024
  • February 14, 2024
  • February 21, 2024
  • March 6, 2024
  • March 27, 2024
  • April 10, 2024
  • April 24, 2024
  • May 8, 2024

**The times are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This may very depending on how many students are scheduled on each date


Parent/District Attorney Meetings for the 2023/2024 school year will be held on the following dates from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m in the District Office Board Room:

October 19, 2023

January 11, 2024

February 29, 2024

April 11, 2024

*Elementary and secondary will be combined into one meeting 

**All meetings will be held virtually until further notice

***Dates subject to change