School Rules and Expectations

School Rules

  1. Respect others’ personal space and belongings. Aggressive behavior, fighting and/or play fighting is not allowed.
  2. Respect the personal beliefs of ALL people. Racial and homophobic slurs are not allowed. Bullying — physical, verbal or in cyberspace — is not tolerated.
  3. Students are not allowed on the playground before 8:20 a.m. or after 3 p.m. without direct parental supervision.
  4. Parents are not allowed to approach other people’s children to discuss disciplinary concerns. Please report any issues to your child’s teacher or to the office.
  5. No toys, trading cards or electronic games are allowed at school. Cell phones must be turned off and not visible during school hours, including lunch and recess. If found to be disrupting the learning process, these items will be confiscated and kept in the office. Students may pick up items after school. If found a second time, parents must visit the office to retrieve the item(s).
  6. Personal sports/physical education equipment may be brought from home if it is shared with other students at the same grade level and clearly marked with the student’s name. Sequoia is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property.
  7. Hats and hoods are not allowed to be worn in the classroom. Students may wear these at recess.
  8. No junk food (candy, gum or soda) or glass bottles allowed, as per OUSD Student Healthy Foods Policy. These items will be confiscated if found.
  9. Students should only bring money to school for lunch or transportation. Sequoia is not responsible for lost money.

Expectations

Students are expected to maintain a high standard of personal conduct, to show respect for themselves and the rights of others, and to assume responsibility for their own actions. The Sequoia staff is committed to providing a positive and comfortable atmosphere. We want students to feel safe, secure and happy so they have the maximum opportunity to learn.

In an effort to accomplish this, a school discipline plan exists which includes rules and expectations for behavior along with consequences. Students are expected to follow the directions of all adults working at Sequoia, including office staff, yard supervisors, custodians and substitute teachers.

Inappropriate Behaviors

Abusive Language

Students are responsible for communicating openly, honestly and without abusive language. We define abusive language as any words or gestures intended to insult, hurt feelings or show defiance. Sequoia has a zero tolerance policy for words, actions or gestures that insult another’s race, religion, ethnicity, ability, gender or family.

Disrupting Class

Students will be held accountable if they disrupt the learning process of other students and teachers.

Inappropriate Physical Contact

We define inappropriate contact as intentional pushing, hitting, kicking, etc.