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Schedule Changes to Be Implemented Starting the Tuesday After Labor Day
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Greetings, Oakland Tech Community!
The fifth week of the school year will bring some additional changes to the class schedule for Oakland Tech students. The new schedule extends morning Zoom calls from 50 to 60 minutes, and for the remainder of the school year, class schedules are modified during weeks that include a Monday holiday or a Professional Development Day with no school for students.
The schedule for the week of Sept. 7 to 12 is shown below. Going forward, we will post weekly schedules like this on the front page of the school Web site, so students and families can always find the correct schedule at at www.oaklandtech.com.
This new system is somewhat complicated, so if you want to understand why and how the schedule can change from week to week, read the detailed explanation below.
Introduction to Oakland Tech’s Block Schedule
Oakland Tech operates on a block schedule, which means that half the classes are offered face-to-face with the teacher on one day, and the other classes are offered face-to-face the next day. We call the first day an “A Schedule Day,” and the next day a “B Schedule Day.”
On Wednesdays, the face-to-face classes are shortened, and all classes meet in the morning. We call this our Minimum Day. This provides planning time for teachers after lunch, and time for students to work on assignments off-camera. For Wednesdays that are Minimum Days, the correct way to read the schedule is to focus on the times shown in the Wednesday column. They are different from the times for the other days.
The schedule for the week that begins Sept. 14 shows how a typical five-day school week will look:
For weeks that include a Monday holiday or a Friday non-student day (also known as a Professional Development Day), the Wednesday schedule is omitted, and the A day and B day are shifted over by one. This allows the first day of the weekly class schedule to always to be an “A Schedule Day” and the next day to be a “B Schedule Day.” The 2020-21 school year calendar ∫ shows these adjustments. A days are yellow; B days are green; and Wednesday minimum days are orange. You can download and print the color-coded calendar if you want to have a hard copy on hand.
The school year calendar shows the classes that meet each quarter. Classes scheduled for periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 meet during the first quarter, are paused during the second quarter, and then resume during the third quarter. Classes scheduled during Periods 2, 6, and 8 meet during the second and fourth quarters. Period 4 is designated as Advisory for all students, with Zoom meetings throughout the school year.
There is a separate table that shows the starting date for each quarter. It also shows the ending dates for each marking period. There are two marking periods in each quarter. Generally, report cards are mailed one week after the end of the marking period.
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