Arriving Late to School
Students are expected to be in their seats when the bell rings. Students arriving late are required to report to the office for a tardy slip. As with absences, excused tardies are limited in their scope. Students receiving 3 or more unexcused tardies may be subject to disciplinary consequences. (See section on Truancy)
Short Term Independent Study
Short term independent study may be an option for students who will be absent five (5) consecutive days or more, but less than fifteen (15) days. By applying for short term independent study and completing the assigned work, students will maintain a clear attendance record. Parents must complete and submit the request for STIS. Teachers may provide work during the absence. All student work is to be submitted on the day of return to the attendance secretary. STIS will only be permitted once per semester with an application submitted to the office 5 school days before the first day of absence . STIS will not be granted during finals week.
Truancy (Full Day)
Students absent without a valid excuse for more than 3 days in one school year shall be classified as truant. A truancy letter will be sent home. After the first truancy, students will receive truancy letters for each additional day of absence. If a student receives 3 truancy letters, he/she is referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) for appropriate legal action. Students who have accumulated 10 days of absence, excused, unexcused, or a combination thereof, will be referred to SARB as Chronically Absent. Interdistrict agreements may be revoked if standard attendance guidelines are not maintained.
Home and Hospital
Esparto Unified School District will provide a home teaching service for any student who, as a result of illness or injury, is instructed by a physician to remain at home or in the hospital for a period of more than two weeks. In order to place a student in Home and Hospital, a parent or guardian must provide a physician's letter requesting home teaching for the student. The letter will be kept in file at the school, and a home teacher will be assigned.
Off Campus Passes
If a student should have to leave the campus during the school day for any reason other than lunch, the student MUST first report to the Attendance Office with a verification of the reason for leaving campus. The student will be issued an "Off-Campus" pass. This pass must be returned to the Attendance Office when the student returns to campus. Failure to check in or out will result in the student receiving a "CUT" for all classes missed. Parents/Guardians picking up students during the school day must notify the office before the student leaves campus.
Brunch & Lunch
There is a ten-minute mid-morning snack period . Students may NOT leave campus during this time. The school parking lot is off-limits at this time .
To encourage regular attendance and academic achievement, Esparto High School will set the following guidelines for off-campus lunch privileges grades (9-12). The intent of this policy is to discourage frequent absences for minor illnesses or discomfort (stomach ache, headache), not to punish students who are seriously ill or have suffered a catastrophic illness/ loss.
Students who fail to maintain at least 85% attendance may have their right to off campus lunch rescinded. Parents will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of the rescinded privilege.Students may have the privilege reinstated by attending one Saturday school.
Any student with habitual tardy issues may have their off-campus lunch privilege rescinded . Parents will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of the rescinded privilege. Students may have the privilege reinstated by attending Saturday school.
Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA with no F's. Eligibility for off-campus lunch privileges will be reviewed at the grading periods coinciding with athletic eligibility. Students will lose the off- campus lunch privilege until the following grading period.