Oakland Tech Reopens Tuesday March 30 for High Priority Students and Other News

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From Principal Fairly:

It has been a long 12 months since we had students in the halls of Oakland Tech, but that will be changing soon. Along with the other schools in Oakland, we have been contacting our high priority students to offer them the opportunity to come to school for in-person learning. These learning sessions will be led by credentialed teachers and will focus on social-emotional development and study skills support. Students who opt in will attend two 2-hour afternoon blocks on Tuesday and Thursday in small stable groups (cohorts) of between 5 and 8 students each. These groups will remain separate from each other at all times. The afternoon schedule is designed to keep the current distance learning schedule intact to the greatest extent possible. There is also a revised schedule for Special Education, Special Day Class (SDC) students.See also OUSD Sample Secondary Schedule.

The full set of weekly calendars for the remainder of the school year is provided in this document: Oakland Tech 2020-21 Weekly Calendars, Revised March 2021 for High Priority Student Groups

This sample schedule for the week after Spring Break shows how the distance learning schedule will remain the same, even on the days when in-person learning is meeting. Teachers who meet in person with students will have some modifications in their asynchronous schedules, so office hours and small group tutorials might need to be shifted somewhat. Tuesdays and Thursdays are being used for in-person learning in order to avoid the Monday holidays and Wednesday professional development meetings. The high priority students and families were contacted through Parent Square with an opt-in form (similar to the one used for grades K-5). Our response rate was low on that form, so we have been making phone calls to those who didn’t respond. High priority students who have opted in already will begin orientation this week. Other high priority students whom we contact this week will begin in-person the week after Spring Break.

We are very grateful for the efforts of our teachers and staff that will help this reopening process be a success. It is a big period of adjustment for all of us.


In addition to the small stable groups of high priority students, Oakland Tech is opening several Learning Hubs that will meet during the time for synchronous instruction in the mornings, three days a week. The purpose of these Learning Hubs is to provide credit recovery opportunities and other supports for students who have had severe struggles with engagement and are off-track for graduation. We are contacting these students and families to offer the opportunity to attend one of the Learning Hubs.


Students and teachers who return to the building all complete a safety training session that covers our campus setup, our mandatory daily health screenings, our mandatory requirement for face coverings when entering the building, and information about personal hygiene, COVID testing and vaccination, contact tracing, and our resources for supporting wellness.



OUSD is preparing a variety of summer learning opportunities that combine academic intervention with engaging enrichment activities for a full day of expanded learning. For more information, see the OUSD Summer Learning website here: Summer Learning Website.


Mr. Fairly



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