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Model SARB Award Ceremony: Scott Vernoy, Trustee Chris Wenzel, Reily Gibbs, Jorge DePaz, Terri Saenz, Marissa Martin, Steven Pangelinan (Photo courtesy of LVJUSD)

When students show the need for extra support to maintain regular attendance, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) School Attendance Review Board (SARB) provides the resources to keep students on track to succeed. On April 19, LVJUSD was recognized for winning a 2019 Model SARB Award by the CA Department of Education. The program was celebrated for its strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase student attendance. LVJUSD’s SARB was one of only 23 to be recognized in the State for its attention to students’ educational success, as well as its potential to improve attendance strategies for other districts statewide.

LVJUSD detailed its SARB membership, demonstrating the diversity of its members – in age, gender, ethnicity, culture, and primary language – as well as their representation in the community, from child welfare specialists to police officers to counselors.

The district’s SARB pursues resources and partnerships that provide early intervention for students with attendance issues, and focuses on chronic absenteeism across the board – whether absences are contributing toward truancy violations or academic decline. Led by SARB Chair and LVJUSD Director of Student Services Scott Vernoy, the members of SARB are dedicated to ensuring all students are supported in overcoming barriers to their attendance.

“We are both honored and humbled to be recognized as a Model SARB Program,” said Vernoy. “It is a testament to the wonderful collaboration between the District, Livermore school sites, and community partners for our outstanding and innovative results-based school attendance and behavior improvement programs. We look forward to sharing our expertise, and serving as a model and mentor for other SARBs in the State that are committed to reducing chronic absenteeism, suspensions, and expulsion rates, as well as improving graduation rates.”

This statewide distinction recognizes the work of the District’s dedicated SARB, for its commitment to recognizing trends across its sites, developing important relationships with students and their families, using every resource at its disposal to improve the academic opportunities to all students, and for positively encouraging good attendance habits by its students and strategies at its school sites.