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Student Discipline

Student Conduct:  Best Policies, Practices and Procedures

Restorative Discipline Practices

In the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD), we recognize that exclusionary discipline practices, including detention, suspension, and expulsion do little to positively affect student behavior, nor do that assist the student in taking accountability for their actions. In an effort to promote a positive disciplinary approach, OUSD has adopted and implemented Restorative Practices. In addition to recognizing and affirming the dignity and worth of every student, the fundamental premise of Restorative Practices is to assist students in: 

  • Owning and recognizing their behavior
  • Making amends with those they have harmed directly and indirectly
  • Successfully reintegrating back into their classrooms and schools

Whenever possible, students who display inappropriate behavior, or those that violate education code must be offered an alternative to (at home) suspension.  Except for single acts which necessitate a mandatory recommendation for expulsion (see below) a student may be suspended only when there has been a determination that other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct or that the students’ presence causes a danger to persons.  As a result, OUSD has created an Alternative to Suspension Program.

Students who violate education code in grades 6-12 may be referred to the ATS Program.  Located on the campus of Lincoln Middle School, students who are referred to the ATS Program spend the time they would have been on an at home suspension working on regularly assigned school work and Restorative Practice Exercises.  In addition, when students return to their home school, they meet with an administrator who assists them in addressing the people that were harmed by their behavior and in returning to their classes.  Though there is not a formal ATS Program for students in grades K-5, site administrators will employ Restorative Practice Strategies to deal with inappropriate behaviors on site for first time offenses.

Every effort will be made to address student conduct in a positive manner consistent with Education Code 48900.5.  Administrators are expected to address disciplinary concerns in a prompt, fair and impartial manner, and all students are afforded due process.  An alternative to suspension will be considered before more punitive actions  (detention, suspension and expulsion) are taken except for those actions which state law mandates that Administration recommend expulsion to the Board of Education:


48915 c:1 – Possession, selling or otherwise furnishing a firearm

48915 c:2 – Brandishing a knife

48915 c:3 – Unlawfully selling a controlled substance

48915 c:4 – Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault or battery

48915 c:5 – Possession of an explosive


The Search and Seizure Policy – This policy governs the district’s authority to search individual students and their property and the student’s responsibility to submit to searches.  Under Board of Education Policy 5145.12 school officials may search when there is a reasonable suspicion the search will uncover evidence that the student is violating the law or rules of the district or school.

Electronic Devices – The violation of the school site’s usage rules of electronic devices may result in confiscation. OUSD is not responsible for electronic devices which are lost or stolen after they are confiscated. 

Drug Testing – OUSD recognizes that student athletes who are under the influence of drugs may endanger themselves and others.  In order to protect the health and safety of the student athlete, he/she may be randomly selected or required in certain circumstances to be tested for the presence of illegal and nonprescription drugs and/or alcohol.  Parent/guardians and students must sign the “Mandatory Random Drug Testing of Student Athletes” consent form prior to participation in athletics.