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Dress Code Policy

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Dress Code Policy
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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

  • 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
  • Hats with obvious gang related logos such as XIV, XIII, neighborhoods, area codes, or street names

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.
  • 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.
  • Tops which expose more than 3 inches of the midriff when students are standing with their arms hanging at their sides.
  • Tagging or gang-related writing on backpacks, school supplies, shoes or clothing is not permitted.
  • 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
  • No 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 Items

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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.

Closed Campus

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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

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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 Policy

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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.

California Education Code

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