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Dr. Allen L. Dosty, Jr.
     Coordinator        Custodian of Records

Courtney De Santiago
Administrative Secretary

Maricela Corona   Administrative Secretary

13451 N. Extension Road
Lodi, CA 95242 



  • Caregiver Authorizations
  • Complaint Resolution
  • County One Program Referral
  • Disciplinary Matters
  • District Attorney Referrals, Summons and Orders
  • Expulsion Due Process
  • Foster Youth Liaison
  • Home Hospital Instruction
  • Inter-District Transfer Agreements (IDAs)
  • Intra-District Transfer Agreement Appeals
  • Pupil Records
  • Residency Verification
  • Student Attention Review Boards (SARBs)
  • School Site Suspension Appeals





What is an IDA?

An Inter-district attendance transfer (IDA) agreement is needed when parents/legal guardians wish to enroll their student(s) at a school that is outside of the district in which they reside. IDA's are required when parents wish to enroll their students into an LUSD school, but physically reside in another district's boundaries. IDA's are also required for LUSD residents wishing to enroll their children in outside districts.

California Education Code sections 46600-46601 permits parents/guardians to request an inter-district attendance transfer (IDA) agreement. The fundamental basis for this provision is the signing of an agreement between districts. An IDA agreement must be approved by, both, the student’s original district of residence and the district to which the student seeks to transfer. Both districts must approve the agreement before it becomes valid. The agreement is for one year only and includes terms and conditions. It is within the authority of either the home district or the receiving district to revoke an IDA agreement at any time for any reason either district deems appropriate.



The Child Welfare and Attendance office does not handle INTRA-District Transfers.  Those transfers are from school to school within the District and are handled by the school site principals.  If you want your child to go to a school other than their attendance area school within the District, you must start the process at your child's attendance area school first.  Once reviewed by the principal of the attendance area school, if approved, the attendance area school will forward to the school that is being requested.  Please note that there is a deadline for filing these transfer requests, please check with your attendance area school for that date.


Attendance and SARB

Attendance is extremely important to a child's academic success. The Education Code requires that children between the ages of 6-18 attend school full-time. (E.C. 48200). The Child Welfare and Attendance office supports student attendance by:

  • Educating parents of the law and district policy
  • Enforcing the Compulsory Attendance Laws
  • Conducting Student Attendance Review Board Meetings (SARB)
  • Partnering with the Department of Social Services
  • Referring identified parents to the court system

Lodi Unified School District (LUSD) is committed to:

  • Working with students and their families to ensure that all students attend school regularly
  • Understanding there are a variety of factors that may influence school attendance and helping families to overcome issues-barriers
  • Providing strength-based and culturally appropriate interventions and services including:
    • Individual counseling
    • Home visits
    • Parent education
    • Referrals to school/ community based resources

What is the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB)?

SARB was established by the California legislature in 1975 for the purposes of:

Making a better effort to meet the needs of students with attendance or behavior problems.  Promoting the use of alternatives to the juvenile court system. To achieve these goals, the legislation provides for a multi-agency. Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) was created to help truant students and their parents or guardians solve school attendance and/or behavior problems with the help of available school and community resources. The purpose of SARB is to work collaboratively on developing strategies (prevention, intervention, and enforcement) that will help students improve school attendance and behavior while diverting cases away from the juvenile justice system.

SARB may include the following agencies:

  • Children’s Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Community-Based Organizations
  • School-Based Services
  • District Attorney’s Office 

SARB process begins with the identification of attendance and/or behavior concerns followed by classroom, school and district level interventions.

SARB is specifically charged with finding solutions to unresolved student attendance and discipline problems by bringing together, on a regular basis, representatives of agencies that make up the SARB Panel. SARB further surveys available community resources, determine the appropriateness of their services, and makes recommendations to meet the needs of referred students.

SARB seeks to understand why students are experiencing attendance and behavior problems, and serves as a vehicle to correct those problems. 

When does the Court get involved?

If a parent, guardian or caregiver fails to respond to the directives of the SARB Board or refuses the services provided, the district may file a complaint against a parent in court.

What is the legal definition of a truant student?

A student is deemed a truant when he or she has been reported as having unexcused absences three or more times per school year.

When are truancy letters sent?

Truancy letters are sent to parents informing them that their child has reached three (3) or six (6) or nine (9) unexcused absences. This is a district-wide procedure that takes place on an ongoing basis. The truancy notification letters are based on the attendance information that is entered in the district computer system. This information is based on the explanation provided by the parent for their child's absence. (E.C. 48260.5)

What reasons are considered appropriate for excused absence from school?

  • Personal illness
  • Head Lice (a student will be excused a maximum of three (3) consecutive days for head lice.
  • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  • Medical, dental, optometrical, or chiropractic appointments
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family. i.e. mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, spouse, son/son-in-law, daughter/daughter-in-law, brother, sister or any relative living in the student's immediate household. (Excused absence in this instance shall be limited to one (1) day if the service is conducted in California or three (3) days if the service is conducted out of state.)
  • Jury duty
  • The illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child to whom the student is the custodial parent.
  • Principal discretion

Upon advance written request by the parent/guardian and the approval of the Principal or designee, justifiable personal reasons including but not limited to:

  • Appearance in court
  • Observance of a holiday or ceremony of his/her religion
  • Attendance at religious retreats for no more than four (4) hours per semester.                  
  • Employment conference or interview                  
  • Attendance at a funeral service for a person other than a member of the student's immediate family                 
  • Service as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Elections Code 1230
  • Participation in religious instruction or exercises in accordance with District policy                 


When a parent/guardian has signed a School Attendance Review Board (SARB) or School Attendance Compact that states a doctor's note must accompany a request for an absence to be excused, only those days with proper documentation will be designated as excused.

What is the criteria for qualifying for a short-term independent study program?

  • Vacation
  • Funeral
  • Out-of-state/country travel
  • Religious purposes
  • Child care issues
  • Family emergencies
  • Extended illness
  • Pregnancy
  • Custody situations; and/or
  • Student safety issues                  

Additional Considerations for Independent Study

  • Advance notice must be given to the school site                  
  • Minimum of five (5) days and a maximum of fifteen (20) days                  
  • Signed Independent Study Contract                  
  • Complete and return all assignments to the school in a timely manner  

Please work with your school office staff to request Short Term Independent Study if necessary.

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