Principal’s Message for April 19: Important Information about Reopening and Graduation

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In-person Learning: We are encouraged to have students from our priority groups returning to campus for in-person learning opportunities. Our priority groups are those specified in the district’s Spring 2021 Educational Program:

  • Pupils at risk for abuse, neglect or exploitation;

  • Students attending below 60% of the week;

  • Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) who spend more than 50% of their day in a self-contained setting (i.e., Special Day Class);

  • English Language Learners;

  • Unhoused Students;

  • Foster Youth Students; and

  • Students without secure technology and internet access.

The school is continuing to reach out to families who have not yet responded to offer them the in-person learning opportunity. As new priority students opt in, we form new small stable groups of 8-12 students and assign the new group to an available teacher in our In-person Learning section of the building. Students remain a part of their small stable group for the remainder of the school year, and they come to school for in-person learning from 1:15-3:15pm on Tuesday and Thursday. They participate in advisory activities and study skills support with a credentialed teacher.


Distance Learning: There were media reports last week of ongoing discussions between the Oakland Education Association and OUSD. Students and families can be assured that those discussions will not interrupt the instruction that Oakland Tech teachers are providing. Teachers will continue to provide instruction and maintain contact with students and families as they have from the start of the year. Some teachers have been providing instruction from classrooms at Oakland Tech for many months, and all teachers are provided that option. As our number of priority student groups grows, additional teachers will be providing in-person learning at school.



There was a delay in receiving district approval of Oakland Tech’s plan for in-person graduation, and we acknowledge the frustration this has caused. We have received approval now, and we are scheduling a Senior Meeting for this Wednesday, April 21, at 6:00pm to provide the details.



Wednesday, April 21, 6:00pm

Details about Graduation, Senior Checklist,
Textbook Return,Cap & Gowns, Yearbooks

Registration link:  

Please Note: You must register in advance. Only OUSD users will have access to the Zoom meeting. You will receive a confirmation email with a new link and instructions for how to join the meeting. Please save the new link for access to the live Zoom meeting or follow the links to create an event in your online calendar.


Our Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be presented on Wednesday, May 26, 6:00-8:00pm.


Our In-person Ceremonies will be limited capacity according to county health guidance. Traditionally, each of our counselors has presented the graduates she has worked with, and this year’s in-person ceremonies will be organized in the same way.



Graduation #1: 

Friday, May 28, 2021

10:00 AM-12:00 PM 

Last names A-E


Graduation #2: 

Friday, May 28, 2021

1:00 PM-3:00 PM 

Last names: F-Liang


Graduation #3: 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

10:00 AM-12:00 PM 

Last names:Liao-Q


Graduation #4: 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

1:00 PM-3:00 PM 

Last names:R-Z


2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

We have received confirmation that the first day of classes for the 2021-2022 school has been set: Monday, August 9, 2021. We will share more details about the school year calendar as they become available. Families can find the most up-to-date information about the school year calendar on the district website at: School Year Calendar.


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