Sequoia Adult School

December 2020 Newsletter

Farewell and Congratulations to our Sequoia Adult School Director, Lionel DeMaine on his Retirement!

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After 18 years of hard work and dedication to the Sequoia Union High School District and to the Sequoia Adult School, Director Lionel DeMaine is retiring!

Lionel arrived to Sequoia Union High School District in 2002 to work as the Accountability Specialist and Business Analyst at the District office. He soon became the Assistant Director at Sequoia Adult School in 2005 where he continued to work on school wide processes and accountability. In 2010 Lionel went on to become Sequoia Adult School's Director. Lionel has lead Sequoia Adult School through some of its most difficult times including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lionel had always strived to continually improve Sequoia Adult School by focusing on student success and leading with compassion. Having always put student's needs and education in the forefront of all the decisions, he has made Sequoia Adult School a place where students from all walks of life can come to pursue their education and feel safe and accepted. Lionel DeMaine is an exemplary leader who has become such a integral part of the school, and his absence will surely be missed by all.

Lionel, we wish you a long, happy and healthy retirement! It is well deserved!

All the best,

Sequoia Adult School

Upcoming Events

Distance Learning

Sequoia Adult School has transitioned to offering classes online, known as Distance Learning through January 2021. If you do not have WiFi access and would like to enroll in one of our Adult Education programs, please contact the main office.

Office: (650) 306-8866, extension 77900

SUHSD Travel Guidance

Although staying home continues to be the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19, in the event that you plan to travel this holiday season, we ask you that you please follow the CDC’s recommendations for travel.

The recommendations are as follows:

  • After travel, travelers should monitor their health and look for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take temperature if you feel sick and visit a doctor

If you participate in “high-risk activities during travel, travelers should take additional precautions 14 days after returning home, which include:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Avoid being around others

Per the CDC, high-risk activities include:

  • Travel to an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Risk Level
  • Large social gatherings (such as weddings, funerals, or parties)
  • Mass gatherings (such as sporting events, concerts, or parades)
  • Being in crowds (e.g., at restaurants, bars, airports, bus, and train stations, and movie theaters)
  • Travel on a cruise ship or riverboat

As a community, it is important that we all do our part to take the necessary precautions to limit our exposure and spread of COVID-19. If we work together and stay vigilant, we can protect our community, save lives, and increase our opportunity of returning to a level of normalcy sooner rather than later.

Winter Break

School Staff will be on winter break starting December 21, 2020-January 4, 2021.

Online Winter 2021 Classes will resume January 11, 2021.

ESL Winter 2021 Orientations

Register for online English as a Second language (ESL) classes at Sequoia Adult School. Please click the link below to complete registration.

Classes begin on January 11, and mandatory online orientation is a three-hour session. Students must complete the online registration form and attend an online orientation to enroll in English as a Second (ESL) classes.

Contact: Ana Escobar


Phone: (650) 479-1754

High School Diploma/ High School Equivalent Orientations

Orientation Date: January 5, 2021

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Sign up for the next orientation today.

Contact: Leonela Gutierrez


Phone number: 650.382.3656

Trades Introduction Program Orientation Jan. 9, 2021

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If you are interested in a trades career such as becoming an Electrician, Construction worker, HVAC services, or many other types of trades, please register for orientation to find out more about the Trade introduction Program.

Pre-register for a zoom orientation:


January 9, 2021


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*Limited to the first 200 people.

Women are highly encouraged to apply!

Services Available

Food Distribution at Sequoia Adult School December 14

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At Sequoia Adult School...

Monday December 14 from 4:00-6:00 PM

Drive through the staff parking lot, enter on 6th Ave, and pick up two bags of groceries.

No car, no problem. Pick up groceries at the school entrance at 3247 Middlefield Rd.


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Having Trouble logging in to class?

Visit these free public wifi spaces!

Free Flu Vaccine Clinics

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Free Covid Testing

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Free COVID testing for anyone over 5 years in San Mateo County (pop-up testing locations)

For children ages 5 to 17: Schedule an appointment here and learn more.

For Adults: visit the County’s testing partner, To find appointments up to seven days in advance at the Event Center or at a mobile site.

List of clinic locations.

No appointment, ID, or health insurance needed.
3 years and older are asked to wear a face covering.

For more info: or (650) 573-3927

Job/Employment Opportunities

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Visit our College and Career Center page and learn about the following:

  • Virtual job search workshops
  • Trades programs
  • Financial workshops
  • Job openings
  • Career and Training programs
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Are you in need of Free Mental Health Counseling?

One Life Counseling Center

Individual or Group counseling available. Services available in spanish as well.


1303 San Carlos Ave

San Carlos, California

Phone: 650-394-5155

Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9am to 9pm

Liliana Campos, Transition Navigator

If you are interested in knowing more about the information above please contact Liliana Campos, Transition Advisor.