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Dr. Allen L. Dosty, Jr.

Courtney De Santiago
Administrative Secretary

Maricela Corona
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


Crystal Esquivel
Lodi High School
(209) 331-7754
Denise Morgan
Tokay High School
(209) 331-7882
Diana Saragoza
Live Oak Elementary
(209) 331-7363

Hann Soy
McNair High School
(209) 953-3109

Juan Gonzalez
Plaza Robles High School
(209) 953-8193
Marvel Bristow
Millswood Middle School
(209) 331-8340

Patricia Gurecki
Podesta Ranch Elementary
(209) 953-3378

Paula Calderon
Henderson School
(209) 331-8009
Samuel Gonzalez
Plaza Robles High School
(209) 953-8227




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.


What is 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. 

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 students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student misses school.

Education = future


  • Students are absent most on Mondays and Fridays 
  • Students stay home more often on rainy days, inclement weather, and the day after a school holiday 
  • Students who ride the bus to school are absent more frequently than students who walk 
  • Students who do not eat breakfast are absent more often than students who do 
  • Students who are truant commit the majority of daytime burglaries and property damage 
  • Students’ absence patterns are established as early as kindergarten 
  • Students’ older siblings frequently set attendance patterns in a family 
  • Students who are excessively absent suffer losses in educational achievement and perform poorly on exams 
  • Students who are excessively absent are at greater risk of dropping out and becoming involved in delinquent behavior 


Education and Earnings:

  • High School graduates earn 74% more than dropouts
  • College graduates earn 256% more than dropouts
  • Post Graduates earn 389% more than dropouts -

Education and Welfare:

  • High School dropouts are 85% more likely to be on welfare
  • College graduates are 78% less likely to be on welfare
  • Post graduates are 81% less likely to be on welfare -

Education and Incarceration:

  • High School dropouts are 14% more likely to be incarcerated than those with high school diploma
  • College graduates are 87% less likely to be incarcerated than those with high school diploma
  • Post graduates are 91% less likely to be incarcerated than those with high school diploma  

** National Center for School Engagement

** Campaign for College Opportunity


  • Just a few missed days a month adds up to several school weeks missed in a year.
  • Both excused and unexcused absences can make it more difficult for your child to keep up with other students,especially in math and reading.
  • Kindergarten and first grade are critical for your child. Missing school during these early years makes it more difficult for children to learn in later years and they often have trouble reading by the end of third grade.

Helpful Ideas

  • Make appointments with the doctor or dentist in the late afternoon so your child misses as little school as possible.
  • If your child must miss school, make sure you get his or her home work assignments and follow up to see if the work is completed and turned in.
  • Call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why your child will be out and for how long.
  • Be prepared to get a doctor’s note when requested by school personnel.
  • If you need medical advice after business hours, most doctors’ offices have answering services 24 hours a day to assist you.
  • If your child has an emergency, call 911.

Work with Your Child and Your School

  • As the parent, be strong with your child and don’t let your child stay home when it is not necessary. This will help your child succeed.
  • If your child has a chronic disease, make sure that the school staff is aware of the disease so the staff can assist your child if he or she becomes ill. Information about your child’s chronic disease should be noted on the school emergency or health information card.
  • For students with asthma: if your child has asthma, the school needs an Asthma Action Plan completed by his or her doctor that includes permission to carry an inhaler at school. Make sure that all supplies (inhaler, spacer, etc.) needed to manage your child’s asthma are at the school.
  • For students with diabetes: if your child has diabetes, the school needs a Diabetes Management Plan completed by his or her doctor. Make sure that all supplies (insulin, blood sugar meter, test strips) needed to manage your child’s diabetes are at the school.
  • Keep an open line of communication with school staff and teachers. The more the school knows about your child’s health, the better prepared everyone will be to work together for your child.‚Äč


10 Facts About School Attendance

  1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. 
  2. Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. 
  3. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.  
  4. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back. 
  5. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. 
  6. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence. 
  7. Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care. 
  8. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
  9. Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. 
  10. Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.

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