"Student success is directly correlated to student attendance," she said. "It's simple, when students are not in class, they don't learn."
"With the right individuals at the table, such as mental health or social service agencies, we can work with students and families to find positive solutions to attendance challenges," she added. "It begins by requiring every county office of education to have a SARB to support local districts."
Buchanan explained that when operated collaboratively, county SARBs are an effective tool to provide training, guidance and oversight to local district SARBs. A strong SARB can identify attendance or suspension patterns that can be addressed with prevention strategies prior to a hearing or referral to the district attorney's office.
The combined cost of truancy to Alameda and Contra Costa counties is approximately $80,020,789, according to the attorney general's In School + On Track report.
Assembly Bill 1643 is part of a package of five bills sponsored by Harris that together will help schools, parents and agencies effectively intervene when children are chronically absent and improve local school districts' and counties' ability to track attendance patterns.
The bill has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee.
This story contains 249 words.
Stories older than 90 days are available only to subscribing members. Please help sustain quality local journalism by becoming a subscribing member today.
If you are already a subscriber, please log in so you can continue to enjoy unlimited access to stories and archives. Subscriptions start at $5 per month and may be cancelled at any time.