Dress Code PolicyTop of Page

NOTE TO FAMILIES:

At Sequoia, we expect our students to dress in a manner that exemplifies academic scholarship and is aligned to our school goal of preparing them for their future as a college student and professional. The expectation is for Sequoia students to always present themselves as academic scholars. The dress code policy is designed to support them in meeting this expectation. Sequoia’s mission is to guide students towards becoming good citizens and participants in the employment market and larger society; school is a student’s place of business. Part of this responsibility involves appropriate dress and personal appearance.

The administration will monitor student dress at school and at school events. Out of compliant students will first receive a warning. Disciplinary action will follow if students do not comply with the dress code.

DRESS CODE POLICY

The dress code is designed to allow for student comfort and personal expression while maintaining an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the educational setting. The following items are examples of what the school considers inappropriate and are not to be worn at Sequoia:

This list is representative but not all-inclusive.

Head Gear

  • Hats with obvious gang related logos such as XIV, neighborhoods, area codes or street names
  • Head coverings of any type that promote obscenities, drugs, tobacco, sex, or violence
  • Head coverings of any type in offices, Carrington Hall, or where "NO HATS" signs are posted
  • Sunglasses indoors except by prescription

Outerwear

  • Clothing that promotes obscenity, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, or violence
  • Clothing that demeans others with regard to gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, etc.
  • Clothing that indicates gang affiliation or in support of gang activity, such as dice, dollar signs, area codes, XIII, XIV, Norte, Sur, W, Crip, Blood, LPL; “bling”; more than one item of clothing that is RED or BLUE, including backpacks, accessories, make-up, belts, shoes, laces, etc. or as determined by the school administration and/or consultation with the local law enforcement agency
  • Tagging or gang-related writing on backpacks, school supplies, shoes or clothing is not permitted.
  • Chains, spikes, studs or other clothing, jewelry, or accessories which are potentially dangerous
  • Being barefoot
  • Undershirt type tank tops
  • Pajamas or slippers
  • Skirts, dresses, or shorts that do not extend beyond the fingertips fully extended and/or reach mid- thigh
  • All blouses/tops must have a strap for each shoulder.
  • All straps on blouses or tops must have a minimum of ONE inch across and be solidly attached to the front and back of the blouse/top and cover undergarments.
  • Tops which expose more than 3 inches of the midriff when students are standing with their arms hanging at their sides.
  • Pants that are sagging or excessively baggy. Baggy pants are okay, but must be worn at the waistline at all times.
  • Bandannas on any part of the body except during school related sports activities and events and in representation of our school.

Students who are in violation of the dress code will be brought to the vice-principal's office and will be reminded of the Dress Code Policy. They will not be allowed in class until their clothing meets the guidelines of the Dress Code Policy. Note: Repeated violations will result in further disciplinary action.

Sequoia-wear is always encouraged!

Prohibited ItemsTop of Page

In addition to items prohibited by the California Education Code, the following are also prohibited on campus during school hours:

  • Laser pens
  • Cigarette lighters and matches
  • Bullhorns
  • E Cigarettes/Vapor Pens

Violating this rule will result in parent contact, confiscation of the item, and may result in further disciplinary action.

Electronic Device PolicyTop of Page

  • Electronic devices and related items such as cell phones, head phones, music players, or radios except if a teacher uses them as equipment are not to be visible during instructional hours.

NOTE: Any student who is found with an electronic device due to it being visible or audible during the hours of 8:20 a.m. (7:30 a.m. for students with a 0 period) and 3:40 p.m. will have the item confiscated by the administration or any school staff member. This includes students who have a cell phone out inside the school building during 7th period when they do not have a 7th period class.

  1. The first offense will result in having the device taken away and held in the vice-principal's office until the end of the school day. The offense will be recorded in the student's discipline file.
  2. The second, and subsequent offenses, will result in the device being taken away and returned only to the guardian of the student. There are no exceptions to this rule. All offenses will be recorded in the student's discipline file. Also, the student will receive an after-school detention.
  3. For the third and subsequent offenses, the student will have the device confiscated as mentioned above and two after-school detentions assigned.
  4. This policy begins in the 9th grade year and accumulates every year the student is in school. It does not begin new each school year.

Repeated violations will result in further disciplinary action.

Closed Campus Top of Page

Sequoia High School is a Closed Campus. Students are not permitted to leave campus during school hours. Students who have doctor appointments must get advance passes to leave campus. Gates to the campus are closed during lunchtime. To exit during lunch with a pass, students are to exit through the Brewster pedestrian gate or by the basketball courts. Student drop off or pick up zones will be at the Elwood or James Street parking lots only.

Out of Bounds Areas Top of Page

During brunch and lunch, students must remain in designated areas of the campus including; the buildings, quad area, the lawns immediately in front of the school, and the area back by the Speedway.

The following are areas where students are not allowed:

  • All parking lots
  • Baseball, soccer and football fields
  • Tea Garden area
  • 20 feet away from any fence around the perimeter of the school
  • From the concrete slab in front of the school to El Camino
  • Any designated construction area

Tardy PolicyTop of Page

SCHOOL BEGINS EACH DAY FOR STUDENTS WITH A FIRST (Mon/Tues/Thurs) OR SECOND (Wed/Fri) PERIOD AT 8:30 A.M. Please adjust your schedule accordingly to make certain your child is on time. It is disruptive to the learning environment to have students coming in late. Also, when class begins at 8:30 and your child arrives late, he/she may miss valuable information and classwork.

Students receive two breaks during the school day - brunch and lunch. These breaks give the students time to go to their lockers, use the restroom, or get food. When these breaks are over, students are given five (5) minutes to be in their classroom or destination and ready to work. There is a one-minute warning bell before the final bell sounds.

Once the final bell has sounded, the halls are cleared of all students who 1) are not in class and 2) do not have a pass from a staff member. These students are taken to the office where they will:

  • be assigned detention for that day
  • call home and tell his/her guardian they were late and that they are serving detention that day after school.

Detention runs from 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. each day.

Every time a student is late for class under the conditions listed above, they will call home and receive detention.

The second time a student is late for class, they will be sent home for the remainder of the day.

The third time a student is late for class, a guardian will be called in for a meeting with the parent and the student.

Students who are chronically tardy may be subject to escalating consequences including, but not limited to truancy abatement contracts, in-house suspension, or suspension from school.

STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE HALLS WITHOUT A PASS DURING CLASS TIME.

After-school DetentionTop of Page

A student may be referred for after-school detention for 1) being late for class or 2) not adhering to school or classroom rules. Any staff member may assign a student an after-school detention. After-school detentions are not served on the same day as they are given unless a guardian contact is made notifying the guardian of the detention.

Detention is held Mondays through Fridays from 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Students need to report to the AVP office to make up their detention.

If a student misses a detention date, they can still make it up by coming after-school and notifying the staff member in charge.

  • Students who do not make up detentions have their names put on the No Privileges List.
  • Once their name is on the NPL, they are not allowed to attend school rallies, dances, games, or any extra-curricular activities until they have served their detentions and their name is removed.
  • The NPL is updated weekly and posted outside of the AVP office.
  • Students who remain on the NPL will be sent notice in class on a weekly basis. Students who fail to serve the detention within two weeks may be assigned a day of in house suspension.

In-House SuspensionTop of Page

Students who do not make up their detentions will be put in In-house Suspension for one day when they fail to serve detention within two weeks, or have several unserved detentions. During this time, they will be supervised by a staff member and they must bring work to do.

All students will be notified in advance and can make up detentions to avoid having the one-day detention.

Students in In-house Suspension are expected to arrive at school by 8:30 a.m. and will be held until the end of their last class period.

California Education CodeTop of Page

Students who violate the CA Ed Code are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.