The information in this handbook contains our school rules, procedures, and guidelines.  Please read all of the sections with your child.  We hope it will be a useful resource for you throughout the year.  The listings are alphabetical for your convenience.


ATTENDANCE:  Accurate attendance records are necessary for our school.  Students who miss school time miss valuable classroom instruction.  We understand that there may be times when students must be absent due to illness or appointments.  We ask that, whenever possible, these appointments be made before or after school to maintain the integrity of the instructional program.

Because each absence of every child must be verified on a daily basis, please call our attendance line answering machine at 760-944-4377 whenever your child is absent.  Please leave the following information: your child’s name, teacher’s name, date of absence, reason for absence. The attendance line answering machine is always available.


Please call the attendance line by 9:00 am the day of your child’s absence.

If your child is going to be absent for five (5) days or longer for a reason other than illness, please apply for an Independent Study Contract from the school office .  This contract must be initiated through the school office.  This request must occur at least five (5) days prior to the absence so that the teacher can plan accordingly.  Work must be completed during the absence and returned to the teacher the first day of the student’s arrival back to campus.  Independent Study Contracts that are completed and returned will be documented as excused absences for the student.


ATTIRE: We believe that appropriate clothing for school contributes to the child’s total attitude.  Student dress and appearance cannot be hazardous to the health and safety of anyone in the school, nor can it have a negative effect on or be disruptive to the learning process.  Such apparel includes clothing that advertises or displays alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, inappropriate language or designs, etc.

Clothing should fit properly, be worn as it was designed to be worn (straps buckled, waistbands on the waist, etc.), and cover students appropriately (no bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, tube tops, see through, low cut or backless tops, short shorts or miniskirts).  Students should refrain from wearing make-up. Appropriate footwear protects feet – toes must be covered and there must be a heel strap.  Hats, caps, sweatshirt hoods and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors.  Students not dressed appropriately will be required to call home for different clothing or might be given loaner clothing to wear during school hours.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT: Back-to-School Night is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher, receive information regarding classroom curriculum and instruction, view classroom materials, and review student standards and expectations. Should you desire to speak with the teacher regarding your child specifically, a conference may be scheduled for another time.  Though Back to School Night is for adults only, children are welcome at Open House in the spring.


BICYCLES:  Students in 3rd – 6th grades may ride their bikes to school.  Bicycles are to be ridden to school for transportation only and not on school grounds.  Students using bicycle transportation are required to walk them to and from Levante Street and west of the exit driveway.  Bicycles are to be locked in the bike area near the 400 building during school hours.  Because safety is of primary concern to all of us, rules of the road are to be followed by bike riders and helmets are required.  Students who do not follow the rules of the road regarding traffic and bicycle safety will lose the privilege of riding a bike to school.



La Costa Heights is committed to making our school a safe and caring environment for all students. We treat each other with respect and refuse to tolerate bullying of any kind.

Definition: Bullying is unfair and one-sided. Bullying behavior happens when someone keeps hurting, harassing, intimidating, threatening, or causing substantial emotional distress to a person. Bullying interferes with a student’s educational opportunities and can substantially disrupt the orderly operations of the school.

Bullying behaviors can include the following:

  • Hurting someone physically by hitting, kicking, tripping, or pushing
  • Stealing or damaging another person’s things
  • Ganging up on someone
  • Teasing someone in a hurtful way
  • Using put-downs (i.e., insulting or making fun of someone)
  • Name calling
  • Spreading rumors or untruths about someone
  • Leaving someone out on purpose, or trying to get other kids not to play with someone

Students at La Costa Heights will do the following things to prevent bullying:

  • Treat everyone with respect and kindness
  • Refuse to bully others
  • Refuse to let others be bullied
  • Refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied
  • Try to include everyone in play, especially those who are often left out
  • Report bullying behavior to an adult

Teachers and staff at La Costa Heights will do the following things to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at school:

  • Closely supervise students in all areas of the school and playground
  • Watch for signs of bullying behavior and stop it when it happens
  • Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports using the Four-A-Response Process (Affirm Feelings, Ask Questions, Assess Safety, and Act by coaching the child on what to do in the future)
  • Look into all reported bullying incidents
  • Assign consequences for bullying based on the school and district discipline policies
  • Assign immediate consequences for retaliation against students who report bullying

Consequences for Violation of the Anti-Bullying Policy

Bully behavior, including cyberbullying, will not be tolerated. If cyberbullying occurs outside of school hours, but the repercussions are brought to school and disrupt the school and/or interfere with a student’s emotional/social well being, consequences will be given. Depending on the severity and nature of the incident, La Costa Heights will take one or more of the following steps when bullying occurs:

  • Intervention, Warning, and Redirection: A teacher, principal, or staff member will ensure that the immediate behavior stops and reinforce to the student who is doing the bullying, that bullying will not be tolerated. During this meeting with the student, the staff member will redirect the student and come up with a plan for success should they find themselves in a similar situation in the future.
  • Notification of Parents: School staff will notify the parents of involved students. The parents might be asked to meet with the principal or other members of the school staff, including the student’s teacher and/or the school guidance counselor.
  • Resolution with the Target of the Bullying: The student who is bullying may be required to write a letter of apology to the student who was bullied. Depending upon the nature of the incident, the students involved may meet to help resolve the problem and ensure it does not happen again.
  • Referral to School Support Staff: The student who is bullying may meet with the school psychologist to help prevent future violations.
  • Consequences: The student who is bullying may have to serve one or more days of detention, or lose school privileges.
  • Suspension: In cases of severe or repeated bullying, the student will be suspended.


BUSES/VANS:  Though we no longer have home-to-school busing in the Encinitas Union School District, we do have transportation vehicles in specialized programs. The Car-O-Vans must be able to park safely in the parking lot.  Therefore, a designated space (green painted curb) has been allotted for these vans during drop off and pick up time only. Parents of students who are in identified specialized programs are also permitted to park in this “green” zone. Please refer to the signs adjacent to the green curb for specific time restrictions.


CLASSTIME INTERRUPTIONS (NEW 2017-18): If you need to bring something to school to give to your child during the school day, please bring it to the office. Children have access to check at recess and lunch times for any items that are left for them. In order to prevent interrupting instructional time, the school office will not call classrooms during the school day for this purpose.  It is important to minimize classroom interruptions. This procedure will support our efforts to ensure our students are fully engaged during class time with minimized interruptions.


COMMUNICATION:  We believe that parent-school communication is essential for a successful educational experience. Up to date information is available through our school newsletter, The Wise Owl Weekly, emailed each Friday. Sign up at our school website. The PTA and LCH websites provide information regarding school activities, important dates, and programs. Periodically LCH families will be the recipients of a community wide message from the principal via telephone. Remember to check the Principal’s Blog at http://www.eusd.net/LC

We encourage parents to contact the school with questions or concerns regarding their child’s progress.  The classroom teacher is the best initial contact.  Parents are encouraged to call the office and leave a message or contact their child’s teacher by email.  The teacher will respond to discuss your concern and/or set up an appointment.  The principal is also available to you as a part of that process, both during and after a conference with the teacher.


CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION: All students receive a comprehensive balanced educational program that includes instruction in the areas of language arts (reading, writing, listening, speaking), mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, and fine arts. Many extracurricular activities exist on campus to support the academic program.  Some occur at lunch times and others occur after school.


DAILY SCHEDULE:  School hours are 8:00 am to 2:20 pm Monday through Thursday.  Every Friday, students are dismissed at 12:45 pm so that teachers may plan and learn together.  All students have a fifteen-minute recess and a forty-minute lunch break.  Supervision on the playground in the morning begins at 7:45 am; no students are allowed on the playground before this time except for students enrolled in the Aspire program.  Similarly, there is no supervision after school.  All students are expected to be off campus promptly after dismissal unless they are involved in an after-school club, enrolled in the Aspire program or an Enrichment Program.


DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: La Costa Heights has an emergency disaster plan that is reviewed and modified yearly.  Monthly drills are conducted so our students are familiar with the emergency procedures including lock down, earthquake, and evacuation.


DISCIPLINE POLICY: The primary mission of the school’s discipline policy is to develop a structure of consistency in discipline using a proactive, preventative approach where students develop a respect for others, themselves, and learning. An important element of this policy is how well the students understand the rules and consequences. All students and parents will be asked to review the rules together at the beginning of each year and to sign that they understand the rules and consequences. See also Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion.

La Costa Heights believes that in order for students to develop and maintain a positive self-image and behave in a productive manner, it is necessary to have a disciple policy which emphasizes the positive, recognizes and rewards responsible actions, and stresses student decision-making. We believe that good behavior will, in turn, lead to improved learning and academic success for all students.


DISMISSAL/LEAVING EARLY:  Students are expected to be picked up or begin their walk home promptly after dismissal time.  Any student dismissed early from school must be signed out of the office by an adult listed by the parents on the Pupil Emergency Information Card before the student is allowed to leave. Students will not be called from class until the authorized person is in the school office.  Please allow 5 minutes for this process and be prepared to show proper identification.

Please make arrangements for after school plans before your child comes to school.  Please do not call the school office to have a message relayed to your child; we cannot guarantee that your child will get the message before the end of the day.


EMERGENCY INFORMATION:  There are emergency situations in which it becomes necessary for us to reach you by phone.  It is critical that we have accurate and current emergency information on file for your child in the school office.  California Education Code requires you maintain a home phone listing and two (2) additional local phone listings should we be unable to reach you.  These additional listings should be people who would be able to come to school should the need arise.  New Pupil Information Cards are sent home at the beginning of each school year in order for the information to be current.  Please note that any changes throughout the year must be made by the parent/guardian, not the office staff.  No child will be released to an adult who is not identified on the child’s Pupil Information Card.


ENCINITAS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERSHIP:  The Encinitas Union School District Board of Trustees meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.  Meetings begin at 7:00 P.M. and are held at the school district office on Rancho Santa Fe Road.  These are public meetings and all members of the community are welcome to attend. School Board members are citizens elected to serve four-year terms.  The Board is legally charged with the governance and operation of the school district.


EUSD Board of Trustees:

Emily Andrade

Leslie Schneider

Gregg Sonken

Marla Strich

Rimga Viscanta


EUSD Cabinet:

Timothy Baird, Ed.D.,Superintendent

Angelica Lopez, Asst. Superintendent/Administrative Services

Andree Grey, Ed.D.,Asst. Superintendent/Educational Services

Ami Shackelford, Asst. Superintendent/Business Services

Maria Waskin, Director, Pupil Personnel Services



EXTENDED DAY CARE:  The district sponsored Aspire program provides before and after school care for children of working parents.  The program is available from 6:30 am to the start of school and from the end of school to 6:00 pm.  Information regarding fees and other specifics of this program are available by calling the district at 760-944-4300, ext.1143.


FIELD TRIPS: Field trips are scheduled by teachers to support the instructional program.  Students participating in these field trips must have a permission slip on file with the teacher.  Parent drivers for classroom field trips are required to provide proof of adequate insurance coverage and safe vehicle verification. The classroom teacher or his/her designee will explain the requirements and collect this information prior to each field trip.


GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION (GATE): In the Encinitas Union School District gifted student’s needs are met through differentiating classroom instruction and providing flexible enrichment opportunities. Teachers reach this by engagement through passion, purpose, and play.  LCH supports this vision by providing instruction focused on standards’ mastery, leadership and global competencies.


GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION: California Education Code §48900.

  • Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possessed, sold or furnished firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
  • Possessed, used, sold, furnished or been under the influence of drugs, alcohol, a controlled substance or intoxicant.
  • Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell look-alike controlled substances, alcohol, or intoxicants.
  • Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.
  • Stole or attempted to steal school or private property.
  • Possessed or used tobacco or product containing tobacco or nicotine.
  • Committed obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Possessed, offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
  • Disrupted school activities, willfully defied valid school personnel in the performance of their duties.
  • Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
  • Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by a means of an electronic act, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.
  • Committed sexual harassment (Ed. Code §48900.2)
  • Participated in an act of hate violence (Ed. Code §48900.3)
  • Harassed, threatened, or intimidated another student. (Ed. Code §48900.4)


Further Information:

Education Code Section 48900 – 48927



GUESTS ON CAMPUS:  The school staff welcomes visits to the school from parents and interested citizens.  However, all visitors must check in at the office and obtain and wear a visitors badge before entering any classroom. This request is made to protect our students from unauthorized visitors and keep our campus safe for everyone.  Per district policy, visitors who have not scheduled their visit through the classroom teacher must call and make an appointment to visit the classroom with the principal.  Visits are limited to 20-30 minutes to limit student disruption to the educational process.


HEALTH OFFICE:  We recognize that at times it is necessary for students to take medication at school. Only medication prescribed by a physician can be administered at school by office personnel.  All medication should be brought to the school office before school starts in the morning. Medication must be in the original container specifying the physician’s name, name of the medication, pharmacy that dispensed the medication, and the amount of medication to be taken at specific times or situations. Additionally, a form must be completed by the physician, signed by the parent, and kept on file in the office before any medication can be administered. Students are not to self-administer medication or carry medication with them during the day. All medication requests must be renewed each school year if continuation of medication is necessary. Parents will be called to take their child home if the child is sick at school.  Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher must be fever free for 24 hours (unmedicated) before they can return to school.


HOMEWORK:  Homework is a vital part of your child’s educational program.  Every child/family should plan on setting aside a portion of each evening for this phase of the school program. Generally, homework will not be assigned over the weekend or holiday periods.  However, it may be necessary for students to have homework on these occasions if the assignment is long-term or make-up work needs to be completed. Please support your child in completing all homework in a timely manner.  Students are expected to read a minimum of 15 minutes each night. The following amount of homework time has been established by the Encinitas Union School District for each grade level (see table below).

Grade level Approximate Time to Be Spent on Daily Homework Plus Time to Be Spent on Nightly Reading
K 10-15 minutes 10-15 minutes
1 10-20 minutes 10-20 minutes
2 15-25 minutes 15-25 minutes
3 20-30 minutes 20-30 minutes
4 40-60 minutes 20-30 minutes
5 45-60 minutes 30 minutes
6 45-60 minutes 30 minutes


INSURANCE COVERAGE:  Though we would like to predict that no injuries will occur during the coming year, we know that injuries do occur – even in supervised physical education.  Therefore, we encourage parents to provide insurance coverage for students as the school does not and cannot provide coverage. A low cost policy is made available through the school district.


THE LEADER IN ME: The Leader In Me is an another approach to developing a culture of leadership in our school and is based on the 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey. Founded on internationally recognized and universal principals, the leader in me model emphasizes skills that students need in order to be successful in an ever-changing society. Developing a culture of leadership in our school is about helping students be the leaders of their own lives. The Leader In Me helps them identify their own unique talents and abilities and encourages them to make a positive difference in the world. La Costa Heights is committed to help all our students become leaders.


LOST AND FOUND:  Lost and Found is located outside the double doors of the school Media Center.  Lunch boxes and clothing items are often found there.  All items will be donated to a charitable organization after the last day of each month. Please put your child’s complete name and room number on everything he/she brings to school and check the Lost and Found regularly.


LUNCH:  Students at La Costa Heights may purchase milk for $.50, a hot lunch (including milk) for $4.00, or bring lunch from home.  Lunches may be prepaid at the school office or accessing www. Schoolcafe.com. Families who may qualify for free or reduced lunches can get an application from the office or online at eusd.net. If a child does not have a lunch, one will be provided at the regular hot lunch cost.  We ask that the lunch be repaid as soon as possible to allow us to provide the same courtesy to others students who may need it in the future.  Student lunch balances may be obtained from our Food Services Department (943-2042). If your child forgets a lunch, please deliver it to the front office.  Please be sure to have your child’s name and teacher’s name marked clearly on the lunch.  During lunch students will play first and eat second.  Students should not bring glass containers to school, never run or play with food in their mouth.  Students will leave the lunch tables and floor area clean and remain seated while they eat their lunch. Two tables have been designated “nut free” for our students with severe peanut allergies.


MESSAGES:  Except for emergencies, messages will be left in the classroom teacher’s mailbox.  There are certain times of the day when the school office is particularly busy.  To help us better serve you we ask that whenever possible you not call the office during these times unless it is an emergency.  These times include:  7:45 am – 8:45 am, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm.


OPEN HOUSE:  In the spring La Costa Heights holds an Open House to celebrate student achievement and share student work. Students are invited to attend this event with their parents.


PARENT CONFERENCES:  Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled during the week of October 16th and during the week of March 26th. The purpose of these conferences is to review progress, identify each child’s specific strengths and needs, and to develop a plan for academic and behavioral success.  Students are dismissed at 12:45 pm every day during both conference weeks.


PARENT INVOLVEMENT: We strongly believe that parent involvement is critical and necessary for students to be successful.  There are many opportunities for interested parents to become involved at La Costa Heights beyond helping their own child at home with homework.  These opportunities include:


PTA-The La Costa Heights PTA is an integral part of our school program, managing school events and programs throughout the year, in addition to the fundraising necessary to support these programs. It is a very active and welcoming group. Interested parents are encouraged to contact our PTA President to inquire about leadership and/or support positions. Our programs can’t succeed without your help!


School Site Council (SSC) – The SSC is an advisory council that helps determine the annual school plan and categorial budgets. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. All parents are invited to attend. The council consists of five staff members (including the principal) and five parents. Representatives are elected by their peers each year.


English Learners Advisory Council-The ELAC meets several times a year before school and is open to all parents.  Parents of students learning English are particularly encouraged to attend. Topics include how to support students’ learning and how to become more involved in our school programs.  Notices are sent home before each meeting.  Agendas are posted in the office before each meeting.


Enrichment Activities- Many clubs and special interest groups and activities exist on campus that benefit from the support of parent volunteers.  Information regarding these activities will be sent home throughout the school year.


Classroom, Curriculum Support and Lunchtime Volunteers-Teachers are always in need of parents to assist them in classroom activities and programs.  If you are interested in volunteering in your child’s classroom supporting our PE, technology, science, or art programs please contact the classroom teacher.


PLAYGROUND:  The following playground rules are designed to ensure that all students have a fun and safe recess.  All students will:

Playground Rules

  • Eat your snack BEFORE playing at morning recess
  • Play in designated areas per your grade level.
  • Use restrooms as needed, but not as play areas.
  • Use the lunch tables or benches for quiet, seated activities.
  • Use equipment the way it is designed to be used (i.e. jump ropes for jumping).
  • Bounce balls only on the ball walls, not against the buildings.
  • Follow Systematic Supervision Game rules.
  • Resolve conflicts by walking, talking, or paper/rock/scissors so others do not have to wait.
  • Follow adult directions the FIRST time they are given.
  • Follow the 7 Habits to resolve conflicts and behave appropriately.
  • No bodily contact of any kind.


REPORT CARDS:  Report cards are sent home twice a year with specific information regarding your child’s academic progress on Common Core State Standards.

Additional information regarding student progress is shared through weekly work folders, teacher newsletters and websites.


SKATEBOARDS:  State law prohibits skateboarding on any campus.  Students skateboarding to school must wear helmets and are required to walk with their skateboards from Levante Street on to school grounds.  Students who do not follow the rules regarding skateboard safety will lose the privilege of riding skateboards to school.


STANDARDIZED TESTING: Students in grades 3-6 are tested at the end of each school year to gather information regarding student progress and school program and instruction.  Students are assessed on Common Core State Standards in Reading, Mathematics, Language, and in California State Standards in Science (fifth grade only).  Notices will be sent home informing families of dates and times for testing.  We ask that absences and tardies be at a minimum during this time to ensure all students the best opportunities to perform well.


SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS: Parents sometimes ask what supplies their child should bring to school in the fall. No student is ever required to bring any supplies; the school will provide all necessary supplies. If you are interested in donating supplies to your child’s classroom, you can speak with your child’s teacher regarding wish list items that may enhance the education for all students.


TARDIES:  Students arriving after 8:00a.m. to class create a disadvantage for themselves and for other students whose instruction is interrupted.  Habitual tardies will result in parent contact so that we may work together to resolve the problem.  Students who are tardy must come to the office, sign in and pick up a late pass before going to class.


TEACHER COLLABORATION DAYS: We believe that teacher training and professional growth are an important part of improving and enhancing instruction for our students.  Our enrichment rotation program (The Wheel) provides lessons in VAPA, Spanish, Science, PE and Yoga.  Students in all grades will attend once weekly. This rotation will provide quality enrichment for our students while giving their teachers the necessary collaboration time to develop essential standards, create benchmark assessments to monitor progress and design a common formative assessment to track student progress. Please see your child’s teacher for additional information. Every Friday, students are dismissed at 12:45 pm so teachers may also prep curriculum, share instructional strategies and attend professional development.  This time provides teachers the opportunity to learn new programs and confer with each other and support personnel regarding the special needs of our students.  There is no reduction in yearly instructional minutes due to modified Fridays as the reduction is applied to the other four days of the week.


TELEPHONE/CELL PHONE USE:  Students will be allowed to use the office telephone for emergency calls and school-related business only.  Social arrangements should be made at home before or after school.  Cell phones must be turned off while on campus.  Misused cell phones will be confiscated and returned to the parent.


TOYS:  Any articles that distract from the learning environment or create questions of ownership are not to be brought to school. These items include, but are not limited to, toys, candy, trading cards, skateboards, electronic games, IPods, and sports equipment (this is provided by the school).


2017-2018 PTA Board Members


President  Sarah Santos
Executive Vice President  Anti Haskell
VP of Programs  Erica Engell
Standing Chair of Programs  Lynn Soylemez
VP of Ways and Means  Jen Tschop
Standing Chair Ways and Means  Lisa Caudle
VP of Communications  Open
Corresponding Secretary – Room Parent Liason  Amy Miller 
VP of Membership / New Family Welcome Karina Shaver
VP of Legislation  Jessica Fernandes
VP of Health and Wellness Sandy Colton
Standing Chair Hospitality  Andrea Reitmeier
Recording Secretary  Julie Kauffman
Treasurer  Tracy Joyce
Financial Secretary  Darcy Nickels
Auditor Tracey Nitowitz
EEF Liason  Michele Saunders
Historian / Yearbook Heather Calvin & Angela Drees
Parliamentarian Lisa Kendall
Standing Chair of Communications – Social Media Tracie Kempen
Standing Chair of Communications – Website Cary Berry
SPED Liason Melissa Frendenhall






We want our students to apply the Four-Way test as they work with school staff and with one another:


·      Is what I’m saying or doing practicing Leadership?

·      Is what I’m saying or doing exhibiting Excellence?

·      Is what I’m saying or doing demonstrating Achievement?

·      Is what I’m saying or doing showing Determination?


At La Costa Heights Students LEAD:







School and Classroom Expectations

Students will school wide LEAD expectations and policies as identified in the Parent/Student Handbook.



Playground Expectations

  • Eat your snack BEFORE playing at morning recess
  • Play in designated areas per your grade level as identified on map.
  • Use restrooms as needed, but not as play areas.
  • Use the lunch tables or benches for quiet, seated activities.
  • Use equipment the way it is designed to be used (i.e. jump ropes for jumping).
  • Bounce balls only on the ball walls, not against the buildings.
  • Follow Systematic Supervision Game rules.
  • Resolve conflicts by walking, talking, or paper/rock/scissors so others do not have to wait.
  • Follow adult directions the FIRST time they are given.
  • Follow the 7 Habits to resolve conflicts and behave appropriately.
  • No bodily contact of any kind.



  • Praise from staff (i.e. teachers, playground supervisors, principal, etc.)
  • Classroom rewards
  • Visit to the Principal’s office
  • Morning announcement recognition
  • Picture of 7 Habits Slip on the office TV
  • Intrinsic motivation growth
  • Special privileges around campus


A student who chooses to disregard LEAD, playground expectations, school policies, and/or classroom expectations will receive consequences. The purpose of consequences is more than just to punish a child. Consequences are intended to be used as teaching tools to help a child learn to make appropriate behavior choices.



Teacher Managed

Initial and Infrequent Behaviors

Teacher Managed

Ongoing behaviors or escalated behavior

Referral to Administration

Ongoing/Severe Behaviors


The following are suggested interventions that may be utilized in correcting a student’s inappropriate behavior. Interventions listed are not hierarchical. Education Code regulations dictate consequences for certain (severe) infractions.



·      Proximity control

·      Nonverbal cues

·      Verbal warnings

·      Student/Teacher conference

·      In-Class modified seating

·      In-Class time out

·      Apology letter

·      Loss of recess

·      Email or call home


·      Out of class time

·      Loss of privileges

·      Apology letters

·      Revisit expectations and rules

·      Student/Teacher conferences

·      Class meetings

·      Collaboration with grade level teachers

·      Loss of Recess and/or lunch

·      Email or call home

·      Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

·      Behavior contracts



·      Teacher/Administrator conference

·      Administrator/Student conference

·      Administrator/Student/Parent conference

·      Email or call home

·      Apology letter

·      Restriction or removal from school activities

·      Recess or lunch detentions

·      In school suspensions

·      Out of school suspensions

·      Campus beautification

·      Removal from classroom

·      Restitution

·      Counseling

·      Behavior contract

·      Other consequences as appropriate




Traffic and Safety

Creating a safe and positive environment for our students is an ongoing goal at La Costa Heights. We ask that you take a few minutes to review our procedures to ensure the safety of all our students.



Kindergarten is hand-to-hand dismissal. All Kindergarten students are to be dropped off and picked up directly to and from their classrooms. Kindergarten parents must park in a legal parking place and walk their child to and from their classrooms. Drive Through Procedures do not apply to Kindergarteners.


Drive Through Procedure – Front of School

  • Enter the school driveway from the west end, turning right into the lot. No left turn into the parking lot.
  • Enter the school driveway using the right lane and drive forward as far as possible along the white curb.
  • Have your child(ren) ready to exit the car before you enter the lot (i.e., backpacks, lunch money, etc.)
  • Have your child exit from the passenger side of your vehicle and step directly down to the curb.

LCH families are encouraged to park at Christ Presbyterian Church (in the large parking lot) less than ½ mile from school on Centella Street and walk to/from school. This will ease car congestion and give you the opportunity to spend time with your child walking to/from school!

  • Loading and unloading is only permissible along the curb beginning at the “Start Pick Up/Drop Off” sign. Pull as far forward as possible along the white curb.
  • Follow directions from staff and student leaders in the drive through.
  • Follow all traffic safety laws and respect the directions of the personnel.
  • Double parking and parking in red zones are prohibited.
  • Remain in your car when dropping off children.
  • Never leave the car in the loading/unloading area.
  • Drive slowly and watch out for children as you exit. No left turns out of the parking lot.
  • Do not drop off or pick up your children in the street. Obey all traffic laws.
  • Carpooling is strongly encouraged.



  • While on campus, stay on the sidewalk and walk your bike. Bikes are not permitted in the parking lot.
  • Follow all traffic laws for biking and pedestrians (i.e. wear bike helmets, use cross walks, etc.)
  • If you do not walk with your child, groups of students should walk together. Students should not walk alone.
  • Use designated crosswalks. Do not walk through the parking lot.
  • Teach your child safety rules: how to cross the street, not to talk to strangers, walking with friends, etc.


Arrival and Dismissal

  • Campus supervision begins at 7:45am. Students are not to arrive before this time.
  • Be sure your child knows your after school pick up plans (i.e. where to meet you, who is picking up, etc.).
  • Follow the Drive Through Procedures for pick up and drop off.
  • Do not walk through the parking lot. Crosswalks must be used at all times.
  • Campus supervision ends at 2:35pm Monday through Thursday and at 1:00pm on Fridays.
  • To ensure the safety of all our students, gates surrounding campus are locked at 8:05am and unlocked at 2:10pm.
  • Remember: Staff on duty are not available for conferences or answering questions. They are responsible for student safety. Please refrain from having conversations with students and staff on duty.


Green Curb

  • The green curb in front of the school is designated for home-to-school transportation for students in special programs. Please refer to the signs adjacent to the green curb for specific time restrictions.


Your patience and cooperation are needed following all of the procedures.

You will ensure the safety for all students at La Costa Heights.