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The Union Democrat: Tuolumne County schools office recognized for model attendance plan during pandemic - The Union Democrat ׀ April 21, 2021 

     A division of the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office dedicated to promoting school attendance was honored this week by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond as a model program during the pandemic. The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for the county office, led by Program Director Rob Egger, was the only county schools office recognized this year. It was among 20 total SARBs honored, with the rest being from individual school districts. “Many of the supports and services provided by the SARB program have been invaluable to families during these trying times,” Egger said in a news release from the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office. "Our goal is to remove barriers and provide access to education for students who are struggling with school attendance issues.”
     According to the state education website, SARBs are composed of representatives from youth agencies involved at the district or county level. Due to California compulsory education laws which mandate attendance in school, the SARBs assist in solving truancy issues with students or parents though available school or community resources. According to a news release from Thurmond's office, the model programs were distinguished this year by their attendance strategies during distance learning and the COVID-19 pandemic. The criteria for the awards included shifting staff roles to meet student needs in distance learning, supporting the unique needs of students in distance learning, providing for mental health services and outreach to families.  Read More



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