The 2021 Model School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Recognition Program, sponsored by the California Department of Education (CDE) in cooperation with the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA), recognized 20 school attendance programs as model SARBS for efforts to improve attendance and reduce dropout rates.

The Model SARB Award winners, which include 19 school districts and one county office of education, implemented plans that focused on four approaches to meeting the needs of students during distance learning:

1. Shifting staff roles and responsibilities to meet the needs of distance learning students.

2. Supporting virtual attendance of pupils with unique needs.

3. Providing for the mental health and well-being of students during distance learning.

4. Pupil and family engagement and outreach.

This program identifies and recognizes school attendance improvement programs that review chronic absentee data at the district or county level—outstanding and innovative programs that will serve as models for other SARBs in the state. For more information on effective practices, see the 2015 SARB Handbook.

The model SARBs for 2021, along with their chairpersons, are:

  • Alhambra Unified School District, Lindsey Ma, Chair

  • Alvord Unified School District, Ian Fish, Chair

  • Centinela Valley Union High School District, Vanessa Landesfeind, Chair

  • Centralia Elementary School District, Dr. Stacy Chang, Chair

  • Corona-Norco Unified School District, John Reynoso, Chair

  • Fontana Unified School District, Jose Barzaga, Chair

  • Glendale Unified School District, Dr. Ilin Magran, Chair

  • Hacienda la Puente Unified School District, Cynthia Cabello, Chair

  • Jurupa Unified School District, Olga Lidia Alferez, Chair

  • Kern High School District, Erin Rader, Chair

  • Lake Elsinore Unified School District, Steve Behar, Chair

  • Long Beach Unified School District, Claudia Sosa-Valderrama, Chair

  • Murrieta Valley Unified School District, Katherine Wood, Chair

  • Pittsburg Unified School District, Dr. ReJois Fraziers-Myers, Chair

  • Romoland School District, Carmen Kaas, Chair

  • Sanger Unified School District, Johnny P. Gonzalez, Chair

  • Santa Ana Unified School District, Jackie Sanchez, Chair

  • Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools, Rob Egger, Chair

  • Val Verde Unified School District, Thomas Gronotte, Chair

  • William S. Hart Union High School District, Erum Velek, Chair

Awards were presented to the 20 successful Model SARB Recognition Program applicants at the Stat SARB meeting on April 15, 2021, and at the annual CASCWA State Conference on April 27, 2021.