April 23 Updates From the Principal Fairly

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Greetings, Bulldogs!

We have been hearing many important observations and insights from our students since last week’s verdict was shared in Minnesota. I’m so proud of the caliber of students and staff that we have in our Oakland Tech community. They are taking the impact of this event seriously and discussing what it can mean for our future.


In order to implement the school’s safety procedures during in-person learning, we have reduced the access of parents and family members. Entrances for students will be open for students who are scheduled to be at school, and they are staffed by our Health Gatekeepers. Access to the building for adults is limited to the textbook room to return textbooks and materials. Our staff are completing several duties throughout the day, so someone may need to walk down to the textbook room to assist with return. It is advisable to call the school office at 510-879-2305 before you arrive.

Textbook room hours are 1:00-3:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday. However, since repairs to the hallway outside the Textbook Room are still underway, we expect that it will need to be closed on Tuesday, April 27. Please be sure to call 510-879-2305 before you come to check whether it is open.


Now that the situation in California is moving in the direction of safety for most in-person gatherings, we want to begin gathering input from students, parents, and families regarding the schedule that we plan to adopt for reopening in August. Together with the Superintendent and the Oakland Education Association, we are planning for full in-person instruction.

Our proposed schedule will be discussed by our Instructional Leadership Team on April 26, and we will hold our first teacher input session on Thursday, April 29. Our first virtual forum for students on the new schedule will be Tuesday, May 4, followed by our family forum on Thursday, May 6. Our second community forum will be on Thursday, May 13.

We expect that the administration will adopt the 2021-2022 bell schedule by May 21.


Oakland schools will be using an alternative local assessment this year in place of the SBAC, as allowed by the California Department of Education. These assessments in May will be for 11th grade only. However, 11th graders should be aware that CSU is still using the SBAC in connection with its Early Assessment Program (EAP). EAP gives students the opportunity to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year. Interested students should be sure to discuss this with their counselor.


Seniors met with Ms. Sudduth, Mr. Campisi, and Mr. Fairly on Wednesday, April 21, to learn details about the two graduation opportunities that we have this year. The recording of the meeting and the slide deck can be found on these links:

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