Sonoma County Office of Education

Student Support Services

Attendance

The following programs and services are available to assist schools in ensuring that all students attend school regularly.

Countywide Plan for Expelled Students
In addition to offering alternative school programs for students, SCOE’s Alternative Education department coordinates the development of the Countywide Plan for Providing Educational Services to All Expelled Students in Sonoma County as required by Education Code Section 48926. The plan is updated every three years.

Resources
Countywide Plan for Expelled Students (2012)
Countywide Plan for Expelled Students (2009)
See also: Alternative Education Programs

Contact
Georgia Ioakimedes, gioakimedes@scoe.org, (707) 524-2884


School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
Throughout the county, district SARBs coordinate efforts to keep students in school and give them a meaningful educational experience. SCOE facilitates the Sonoma County SARB, a county-level body that develops policy and provides support and technical assistance to improve school attendance. Representatives from schools, law enforcement, probation, social services, parents, and youth-serving agencies serve as members of the county-level SARB. Meetings are held quarterly. In 2015-16, meetings are scheduled for September 8, November 10, February 9, and May 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at SCOE.

Resources
Sonoma County SARB Handbook (July 2012)

Contact
Stephen Nielsen, snielsen@scoe.org, (707) 565-6286


School-Court Education Liaison
The School-Court Education Liaison addresses the educational issues of students in the juvenile justice system, on probation, or subject to truancy court actions. Serving over 350 students annually, the liaison works closely with youth and families, juvenile court judges, the Probation Department and District Attorney’s Office, public defenders, and attorneys.

Contact
Stephen Nielsen, snielsen@scoe.org, (707) 565-6286


Truancy Mediation Program
The Sonoma County School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and Sonoma County District Attorney have established a Truancy Mediation Program to reduce truancy across the county. The goal of the program is to reduce truancies by promoting cooperation among agencies, improving resources that support schools in meeting the needs of students and families, holding parents and students responsible for regular school attendance, and educating the community on the issue of truancy and its cost to children and society.

Resources
Sonoma County Truancy Mediation Program Description

Contact
Stephen Nielsen, snielsen@scoe.org, (707) 565-6286