Please view the Student Handbook which details the attendance and discipline policies of Heritage High School.
The dress code is in effect during school hours as well as during school sponsored activities.
Heritage High School seeks to maintain a positive learning environment where mutual respect and high personal standards are established. Because of this, it is expected that clothing policies at Heritage High School will be followed by all students.
Students who come to school in clothing that is inappropriate can be assigned a disciplinary consequence and will be required to change into school appropriate attire. If a student refuses to wear a loaned dress code violation item or if parent cannot bring them a change they will be sent to On Campus Detention for the remainder of the day.
- All clothing and accessories must be school appropriate. Clothing shall be “size –appropriate” to conceal all undergarments (including gym shorts, bras, and bra straps) at all times. No strapless clothing, (i.e. halter tops, off the shoulder tops, rompers, or blouses with only one strap–straps may not be tied or hooked on with pins). The shoulder straps must be at least 1” wide. Tops shall not be see-through or mesh.
The dress code is not met if a student tries to cover their dress code violation with a sweater, vest, or other accessory piece of clothing.
Any clothing, purse, backpack, notebook, jewelry, etc. displaying a hate symbol, illegal substances, profanity, violence, alcohol, sexually explicit material, guns, explosives, knives, brass knuckles or weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited at school.
- Girls shall not wear tops that allow cleavage to show. When the girl places her hand on her chest with her thumb on her collar bone and fingers together (not spread), the bottom of the hand shall touch the clothing.
- Skirts and shorts must be equal to or longer than the tip of your thumb when hands are to your sides.
- Clothing and accessories must not discriminate against any religious or ethnic groups.
- Clothing and accessories must be free of safety pins and spikes.
- Belt buckles larger than 2” x 3” (“credit card” size) are not allowed.
- Shirts must be worn at all times. The bottom of the shirt and the top of the pants must meet. The pants shall not hang low enough to reveal any undergarments when in a sitting position.
- Do-rags, wave caps, bandanas, and hair picks are not allowed at school. Gloves are allowed only in cold weather.
- No clothing or blankets that conceal the identity of the student (hoods, scarves, bandanas).
- Sweatbands may be worn during physical education classes only.
- Shoes must be worn at all times. Shoes must be appropriate for the school activity and school safety (bedroom slippers, steel toed shoes and boots are not to be worn at school). It is recommended that sandals have heel straps.
Under current information provided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit, the following attire is considered gang affiliated attire and is not allowed on HHS grounds.
Skin, Hustler, 187, Playboy, Raiders, Pittsburgh Pirates and Hooters will not be allowed on campus. Attire that identifies a city, area code, or a region will not be allowed unless it is official sportswear from a college or professional sports team. For example: a t-shirt with “San Diego 619” or “LA” printed on it will not be allowed. These brands are recommended by the Riverside County Sheriff Department.
- Chains are not permitted when attached to a wallet or worn on clothing. These will be confiscated.
- Items that are classified as drug paraphernalia are not permitted to be worn as accessories or clothing.
- Hats and beanies are allowed, but shall not have any professional team sport affiliation or a brand listed that is unacceptable. Caps not conforming to dress code shall not be allowed to be
- Sunglasses may not be worn indoors (unless under doctor’s prescription).
- Body piercings and tattoos are highly discouraged. Jewelry must not be sharp or excessively protruding.
- Any confiscated items that have not been picked up by June 30 are subject to being donated to charity.
When a new fashion trend becomes a symbol that may be dangerous, antisocial or the arrangement of specific clothing items denotes gang affiliation, the Heritage High School Administration reserves the right to prohibit such items and arrangements.
Gum is a major problem at many schools. Students often spit their chewing gum on the ground, which is unsanitary, unsightly, and often gets tracked into classrooms when stepped on. Custodians spend endless hours using expensive machines that blast focused streams of heated water in order to dislodge gum from the concrete. Often, these machines score the smooth surface of the concrete, making it rougher and more susceptible to staining and premature wear. We are extremely proud of our new campus and want to keep it in pristine condition for as long as possible. Therefore, gum is strictly prohibited on the Heritage High campus at all times. Students who are caught chewing gum will be asked to dispose of it in the nearest trash can. In addition, gum offenders may face the following consequences: - They may be asked to throw away any unchewed gum they have in their possession. - They may have a disciplinary entry of defiance of school rules logged in their data file. - They may be asked to scrape gum off the ground with a gum scraping tool. - They may be sent to On Campus Detention. - Repeat offenders, or those caught actually spitting gum on the ground may face more serious disciplinary action, including community service and/or suspension.
Electronics (iPods, PSPs, and other similar items…)
At Heritage High School students are allowed to use cellular telephones during non- instructional time. This includes passing periods, lunch, before and after school. If a teacher or other school staff confiscates a telephone or other such device, it will be turned into the Assistant Principal’s office. The offending student will have a disciplinary entry logged into their file, and only the student’s parent/guardian may pick it up. Multiple violations will result in appropriate further disciplinary action. If the administration suspects that the device may be stolen, proof of legal purchase may be required before releasing it back to its owner. If parents cannot come in to the office to pick up the device, administration will hold it for two weeks from the date of the violation before being returned to the student after school.
Examples of electronic devices are, but not limited to, as follows:
iPods / MP3 players CD Players
Ear Buds/Headphones Portable Speakers
Portable DVD players Game Boys / PSPs Cameras
• The administration of HHS highly discourages the possession of these items at school. • If students bring an electronic device to school and it is lost and/or damaged the school is not responsible. • Site administration will not disrupt instructional time or take up staff time to look for lost or stolen electronic devices. The owner of the device may file a report with the local police/sheriff’s department. • Offenders may be placed in On Campus Detention, be given community service, Saturday School, or other appropriate consequence. Repeat offenders may be subject to suspension. • Unauthorized electronic recording of student activity may result in disciplinary action, including suspension.
Permanent Markers & Tagging
Property damage resulting from graffiti and tagging will not be tolerated at Heritage High School. Permanent markers, such as Sharpies, are strictly forbidden on campus. These items are commonly used to “tag” books, restroom walls, desks, and other structures on campus. The Heritage High Administration will assume that those who possess these markers or other tagging devices (i.e. spray paint, grease pencils, or stickers used for “slap tagging”) have the intent to damage property.
We take this threat to our campus so seriously that we will search students whom we have a reasonable suspicion of possessing such items and/or having used them for vandalism. Reasonable suspicion includes, but is not limited to the following:
• Students who decorate their backpacks or notebooks with tagging. • Students who are caught with a marker will be searched for more such items. • Students leaving restrooms where new graffiti is discovered.
Multiple offenders may receive:
• Multi-day suspension. • Recommendation for placement at alternative education site, such as The Academy. • Recommendation for expulsion.
For safety reasons and to prevent property damage, Heritage High School will not allow skateboards, inline skates, razor scooters, or other similar devices anywhere on its campus, including parking areas at any time. This includes these items that are being carried. Students may lock these items to the racks provided between the administration and counseling buildings. Confiscated skateboards will only be returned to parents. Students caught riding skateboards on campus will be subject to strict but appropriate disciplinary action.