Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) was recently recognized by the California State School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.) for implementing a Model S.A.R.B. program for the purpose of minimizing student dropouts and promoting student success.
This program identifies and recognizes multi-tiered school attendance improvement programs at the district or county level. Outstanding and innovative programs chosen for the award will serve as models for other local or county SARBs in the state that are using a multi-tiered system of support to reduce chronic absenteeism rates and dropout rates.
The award review team was impressed by Moreno Valley Unified’s plan to address chronic absenteeism, which includes an efficient and effective School Attendance Review Team to provide supports for families; use of a Saturday STEAM Academy for academic enrichment through STEAM activities and attendance improvement; a District Social Worker and Social Worker Interns assigned to sites; and the use of the Community Wellness Center for support for homeless, foster youth, and families in need.
“If students are not in school, they are not learning or developing the skills and knowledge they need to be college and career ready,” said Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “I am proud of our district’s work to address chronic absenteeism and positively affect the culture in our community as a whole with regard to attendance.”
Model SARB Recognition Program award recipients were to be recognized at the Annual California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance State Conference, which was scheduled for April 20–22, 2020, in San Diego, CA. However, the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 health crisis.
Moreno Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education President, Marsha Locke, said, “Although we won’t be recognized in person, this award is validation of the wonderful work our teams have been doing to improve attendance. I hope other districts will be able to implement some of our strategies and see similar great results.”