Student Handbook

Eastshore Elementary School

Welcome to Eastshore! We look forward to working as a team - staff, students and parents - to ensure a rewarding school year for everyone! 



Below you will find a few of the mottos we go by here at Eastshore:

Start with Students

Student support, growth and success is at the heart of what we do.

We’ve Got Grit

We strive to enhance our capacity for courage, compassion, and contribution.

Forever Fins

A place where teachers enjoy working and students enjoy learning. 

WAVE Guidelines

The following policies, rules, and guidelines are to help students, parents, and staff work together safely and productively in a climate where we are willing to take risks, act with integrity, value relationships, and engage in learning. 




If your student is absent from school, please call the 24-hour attendance line 949-936-5701 before 8:30 a.m. to verify each day your student is absent. When calling to report an absence, please give the student’s full legal name, reason for absence and dates(s), the caller’s name and relationship to the student. Unless your student is ill, it is imperative that all students are here each day to receive the best education. Per California State Education Code, and Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Policy, students and parents may receive an attendance notification letter after excessive unexcused absences. Excessive tardiness is subject to attendance notification letters. Habitual tardiness and absences may result in a meeting with the IUSD Student Attendance and Review Board (SARB).


As defined by the state of California an absence is considered excused for only the following reasons:

  • Personal illness (Education Code 48205
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family (Education Code48205)
  •  Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic appointments (Education Code 48205)


Absences not cleared by a phone call or note will be marked unexcused and the student is considered truant by the state. It is necessary to call the office, not the student’s classroom teacher. Students coming late to school must sign in at the school office before going to class. Parents are required to sign their children out at the office if they arrive more than ten minutes after the end of the school day to pick their child up. Excessive tardiness in picking a child up after school can result in a report to the Irvine Police Department.

To ensure the safety of all students and enhance the ability of staff to supervise students effectively, parents may drop students off outside of the red playground boundary lines in the morning. In the afternoon, parents may wait on the sidewalk to the south of the school or in front of school on the street (sidewalk) for their children. Parents and students should have a pre-arranged meeting place so that students can leave campus quickly. This allows staff to identify students who need to be taken to the office to call their parents for pick up.

Parents are not allowed on campus during the instructional day unless they are volunteering and have checked in at the front office.



  1. Students riding bikes to school must be in the third grade or higher.
  2. Bicycles should be licensed through the Irvine Police Department.
  3. Bicycles must be locked in racks.
  4. Bicycle helmets are REQUIRED for all students.
  5. Students need to walk their bikes once they are on school property.
  6. Bicycles must be taken home each day. The school is not responsible for bikes left overnight.



Except on rainy days, outside halls and exterior doors must be used when walking from class to class or from class to the office. Once dismissed to lunch or recess, students may re-enter the building only if a supervisor provides a signed pass. Students are expected to use exterior restrooms during lunch and recess.  For safety, do not enter the building unless a staff member is present.



Bullying and harassment are unacceptable at Eastshore. This includes physical, verbal, written, and/or cyber- bullying. Any student that bullies another student or staff member is subject to IUSD Board Policy 5145. The staff will respond immediately to reports of bullying/harassment.  It is imperative that students report any incident matching this description. Parents are expected to reinforce this policy with their children at home.



Your student is responsible for carrying home important school and classroom messages. Each student will bring home important school communication and class work on Thursdays. The school asks that parents take time each Thursday evening to go through your student’s backpack to look for school and district correspondence. Most information can also be found on Eastshore's website at  Please check this weekly.



In order to promote a respect for teaching and learning, staff is not to be interrupted during the teaching hours of the school day. Please check with your student's teacher for the best time to conference with him/her. All teachers have voice mail extensions and email accounts to leave messages for contact. It is necessary to make appointments with teachers for a conference. Voice mail extensions and email addresses for all staff members can on be found on Eastshore's website at

Staff will respond within 48 hours.



A crossing guard is on duty at the corner of Eastshore and Woodspring from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and at dismissal times each day that school is in session until 3:00 p.m. Students and parents should cross only where the crossing guard is present to assist them in safely crossing the street. Please only cross in cross walks. Be a good model for your child and do not jaywalk.



Our procedures in the event of any disaster are as follows: Verify location and well-being of students and staff. Provide emotional and physical aid as needed. Release students and staff in an orderly and safe manner.



  1. At the first sign of an earthquake, teachers will issue the “DROP” command.
  2.  When safe to do so, students will be evacuated to a central emergency assembly area.
  3.  Students will be supervised until the building may be reoccupied and/or a parent or authorized adult arrives to pick up the student. We will not begin to release students until we have accounted for all students and staff. Parents or other authorized adults may come to the designated pick-up location and request to pick up their student. All students will be kept at school until they can be released to their parents or another authorized adult.
  4. Please do not call the school. The phone lines must be kept open for emergency use. We will utilize the services of parents as emergency volunteers at the school site in the event of a disaster.

If you are a nurse, doctor, firefighter or policeman and a disaster should occur, we would appreciate your assistance at the school site, provided you are “off duty.”



For student and adult safety and per Irvine Unified School District Policy, the walking or carrying of dogs or other animals on campus is prohibited at all times-not only during school hours. Please be a good role model for your children by following IUSD policy and leaving your dogs at home. This includes bringing dogs to school at drop off or pick up of students.



Students are not allowed to wear any items to school that may be deemed inappropriate, unsafe, or disruptive to the educational process. Students should wear closed- toed shoes, low heeled shoes. Shoes with removable wheels are not allowed at school. Students should not wear clothing exposing midriff and/or undergarments, short shorts (shorts must be as long as the thumbs when arms are held against the legs), clothing with gang logos, or clothing displaying references to drugs, alcohol, or violence.



Please label your student's belongings for easy identification. A lost article will be placed on the lost and found rack/tub located outside, near the lunch tables. Please note that the lost and found rack is out during student school hours only. Students should periodically check for lost items during their snack and lunch recesses.

More valuable items such as jewelry, watches and glasses are placed in the school office for safe keeping. Students may ask for them there.

At the end of the school year we will send out a reminder to look for unclaimed items. After the conclusion of the school year, unclaimed items will be donated to charity.



All students have a pin number to access their own personal TITAN lunch account. Checks and cash can be brought to the office to add to your student’s account or you can put money into your student’s account online for the purchase of a la carte items. All students will be provided free breakfast at recess and free lunch during the lunch period. Please see the IUSD Nutrition Services web page for information about adding money to your student’s account. It can be found at



Parents bringing lunch to school MUST deliver the lunches to the front office prior to the start of lunch period. Lunch MAY NOT be delivered to individual backpacks or to students on the playground without clearance from the office. Please be sure all lunch bags/containers have the student’s first and last name on them.



Anytime your student requires medication to be taken at school, the medication MUST BE KEPT IN THE HEALTH OFFICE to be administered only by school personnel. By law, the school requires: (1) medication in the original pharmacy container and properly labeled by the pharmacist; (2) parents’ signed consent; and (3) doctor’s signed order (forms available in the school office). Medication must be brought to school by the parent.  These regulations apply to prescription and non-prescription drugs. Please do not ask personnel to administer medication without meeting the foregoing requirements and never send medication with your student to school.

Students requiring the use of medical equipment must bring in a doctor’s note with specifics regarding student’s use and duration of need for equipment.   IUSD Health Services can be found at


Mental Health/Wellness Services and Resources:

The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources ( or  to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; short-term, solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. Services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals.



All parents or guests volunteering /visiting in a class must be registered.  Please click the volunteer link below if you are interested in being an IUSD approved volunteer. Online volunteer application: This information is also part of the yearly re-registration online data confirmation. Eastshore requires all visitors, including parents, guardians, volunteers, news media, and the general public, to check in through the front office and wear a name badge when on school grounds. Visitors may be asked to leave by school officials if there appears to be interference with the peaceful conduct of the school’s educational activities (Section 627.7 of the California Penal Code makes it a misdemeanor to fail or refuse to leave the school grounds promptly after the principal or principal’s designee or school security officer requests it). These regulations are for the protection of all students, parents, and staff. Visitors are to check out when leaving campus.

Parents volunteering are permitted on campus on pre-scheduled days that have been arranged with the child’s teacher. Parent observations must be arranged through the office to provide accompaniment. Please refer to IUSD Administrative Regulation 1210. Parents may not use the playground as a pass-through during the instructional day nor may they interact with students on the playground without proper staff supervision and pre-authorization.

Eastshore is a closed campus despite the lack of fences surrounding the school site. The staff is responsible for maintaining the security and safety for all students. Parents and other visitors are expected to adhere to these policies and procedures.



For safety reasons the parking lot is closed to vehicular traffic before and after school. The only exception to this rule is for school employees and IUSD designated vehicles. Please do not enter the parking lot nor park in a staff parking spot even if it is unoccupied. All parking spots are numbered and used by school and Dolphin Club personnel.

Please DO NOT go through the safety cones at the school’s entrance. They are there to protect our students and staff. Staff members will be on duty to assist students in reaching their classrooms safely. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. 

The area between the parking lot entrance and exit is a loading zone only. Parents may not park and leave their cars unattended in this area. The Irvine Police Department periodically tickets cars that park illegally or may cite drivers who make U-turns or conduct other illegal actions on the street in front of the school.



Our campus is closed during the instructional day- parents must meet students off campus at the back or side of the school.



Eastshore has adopted a school-wide program which focuses on Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS). All students and staff will participate in an implementation program at the beginning of the school year which teaches students expected behaviors in a variety of settings around the school. The acronym we use to teach expected behaviors is “WAVE”. This stands for: willing to take risks, act with integrity, value relationships, and engage in learning. These expectations promote the development of key social emotional learning targets for students. Throughout the school year, staff members will deliver explicit instruction on how to demonstrate WAVE behavior on campus. Staff members will positively reinforce expected WAVE behaviors through the distribution of “Dolphin Dollars” to students who are demonstrating WAVE behavior. Dolphin Dollars can be cashed in for prizes and rewards throughout the school year. This program will ensure consistency, equitability and will promote positive behavioral choices for all students.

Instances where students do not show expected WAVE behavior are documented by staff members. This documentation process allows us to track school-wide data which will help the multi-tiered systems of support team to identify areas at school that need behavioral support. Our collective goal is to ensure that all students experience positive outcomes in a safe learning environment.



Personal toys, electronics and sports equipment are NOT permitted on school grounds.  Likewise, students are not allowed to bring superfluous supplies that cause distraction or disruption in the classroom.  Teachers will specifically indicate which supplies are acceptable at the start of the school year.  The school is not responsible for any loss or damage of personal items.



Games that involve tackling, hitting. pushing, or shoving are not permitted.



  • Eat only at the lunch tables
  • Pick up your trash and any trash a supervisor asks you to pick up
  • Balls are NOT allowed at the lunch tables
  • When standing in the lunch line, wait patiently and respectfully
  • Supervisors excuse students to play
  • No walking or standing on the lunch tables



At Eastshore, every student has the right to experience a safe learning environment. As such, any of the following unacceptable behaviors may result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

  1. Bullying/harassment.
  2. Demonstrating disrespect
  3. Using profanity (written or verbal) or profane gestures.
  4. Stealing school or personal property from a student or staff member.
  5. Destroying school property or personal property.
  6. Fighting (real or play).
  7. Academic dishonesty.
  8. Possessing weapons, dangerous objects, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes. 
  9. Physically harming or threatening a staff member, visiting adult, or another student.
  10. Repeatedly disrupting instruction and learning.



The Irvine Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities including membership in student clubs shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, ethnic group identification, immigration status, age, religion, actual or potential parental, family, or marital status, or the exclusion of any person because of pregnancy or related conditions, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

The District does not discriminate in enrollment in or access to any of the activities and programs available. Admission to these programs is based on age appropriateness, class space, interest, aptitude, and prerequisite coursework where applicable. The lack of English skills shall not be a barrier to admission to or participation in the District’s activities and programs. The Irvine Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.*

*The full Nondiscrimination statement can be found at and Board Policy 5145.5



Students need to know who the supervising adults on the playground and school grounds are at all times (they wear bright orange or yellow vests). It is the student’s responsibility to go to a supervising adult if they have a verbal or physical problem with another student. Problems cannot be addressed if an Eastshore staff member is not made aware of the situation.



The office is open from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,

Monday through Friday, while school is in session. If you bring a forgotten lunch, homework, etc., for your student, please come to the office only. Please DO NOT disturb the classroom and DO NOT place items directly into a backpack. The office staff will see to it that the items are taken to your student’s class.



The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning environment free from harassment, intimidation or insult, student-to-student or adult-to-student, on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender Equity/Title IX Compliance Officer: Keith Tuominen, 5050 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA, 92617, Phone (949)936-5047 Click here for the complete document.



If you know you will be picking your student up early, please send a note, email or leave a phone message for your student’s teacher and office personnel to notify them that your student will be leaving before regular dismissal time. You will need to sign your student out at the office. If you are taking a student out for an appointment and they will be returning before dismissal time you must sign them out and then back in when they return.

If you are late picking up your student, he/she must wait in the office as we are responsible for his/her safety until a parent or guardian picks them up. You must come into the office and sign them out. Frequent negligence in picking students up on time can also result in IUSD Student Attendance and Review Board investigation.  It could also result in contacting the Irvine Police Department.



For student safety, students may be on campus no sooner than 10 minutes prior to their class start time. Additionally, students must be off campus 10 minutes after dismissal. Supervision of students by school personnel is only provided during this time before and after school. Please refer to the Eastshore Bell Schedule for specific start and end times for each grade level. For information regarding the IUSD student supervision policy please see IUSD Board Policy 5142(a). Please help us to provide for your student’s safety by insisting that he/she goes directly home after school, and only uses the playground equipment when supervised by a teacher or other school personnel during regular school hours.