Returning Textbooks From Last Year: Drive-By Drop-Off Days on Aug. 6 and 7

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Hello Oakland Tech families/students,

Because we did not complete school in the normal fashion last year, many school textbooks were never returned by our students in grades 9-11 (Seniors had to for the diplomas). This is critical because we cannot have pickup distribution until we get the vast amounts of the textbooks that were checked out last year back.

To that end we have scheduled two textbook DRIVE-BY drop-off days for Thursday, August 6, and Friday, August 7, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (they cannot be sooner because OUSD has to approve our plan).

To accomplish this we are asking that you:

  1. Enter the school from 45th Street near the Girl’s Gym gate (approach the 45th gate from the west so that we can avoid possible situations of people trying to turn left from 45th on to campus while many others on 45th have the right of way.
  2. Once on campus, proceed slowly towards the Principal’s parking lot where there will be school representatives/volunteers and tables waiting to take your books from you.
    • Please do not get out of your car .
    • Please do not allow your children to get out of the car if possible (especially while on campus as OUSD does not want people congregating on campus..I get it though.. my teenager has been crawling up the walls).
    • Please wear a mask when interacting with staff/volunteers.
  3. Once you drop your textbooks off, you will then proceed along the roadway towards 42nd St, which will take you behind the bleachers and off of the campus. (Do not try to leave through the 45th Boy’s Gym gate as you may be blocked by a line of cars).
  4. Remember everyone thinks they are going to be first and for that reason, mornings are always busier than afternoons. Be patient and graceful with each other as we are all trying to survive and learn new ways to adapt during a pandemic

Lastly, even if you cannot make it send them with somebody if you can please (not just anybody though ā€” someone in your social bubble only please)!

I am sorry for the late notice, but please do your best to assist us with this critical task. While I know that some of you may just want to wait until you pick up your textbooks the following week, that task cannot be accomplished without this happening first. Also please know that any unreturned textbooks are a part of student records and will impact students’ ability to obtain their diplomas if the issue is not corrected by the end of their Senior year.


Martel Price
Assistant Principal

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