School officials from throughout the county met at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) main campus Wednesday for the annual School Attendance Review Board (SARB) Chronic Absenteeism and Dropout Prevention Summit.
The review boards are tasked with keeping students in school and creating safety nets for those with persistent attendance or behavior problems. The panels typically include educators as well as officials from law enforcement, probation, welfare and other public agencies.
"The whole goal is to figure out how we can help fix this problem," said Bob Mueller, director of student attendance, safety and well-being for the SDCOE. "There's no opportunity to learn if you're not in school."
Focusing on truancy has become increasingly difficult with the shrinking budgets many school districts are seeing, Mueller said.
About 60 educators attended Wednesday's event. Speakers included officials with the state Attorney General's Office, County Office of Education, County Health and Human Services Agency, Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, County District Attorney's Office, and the state SARB Board.
Photo: Bob Mueller, director of student attendance, safety and well-being for the SDCOE, speaks at the annual SARB summit Wednesday.