Reporting an Absence
When students are absent on any school day, parents and guardians must report the absence to the attendance office by emailing both attendance specialists at to clear your child’s all day or single period absence. Provide the date or period the student missed school and the reason for coding purposes. Office hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please clear your child’s attendance within the first five days of receiving an absence message. In the case you feel your child has been marked absent in error, email the teacher directly to discuss the matter. The teacher may then submit an attendance correction form authorizing that change.

Requesting Student Permission to Leave Campus
If students must leave campus during the school day due to an urgent doctor’s appointment or a parent request, please do one of the following:

  • You may email us at Please include your child’s name, date, time and reason your child is being dismissed.
  • The student may pick up his/her permit to leave in the attendance office preferably before school or during lunch. Students may also bring in a signed note into the attendance office requesting a permit to leave. This will help in order to have a smooth and timely exit process.
  • You may also reach us Nicole Smith or Griselda Jimenez at (510) 879-2305 x 1.

Extended Absences
If students are going to miss 5 to 14 consecutive days you may apply for an Independent Study Contract. Please provide ten days notice via email to or send in a signed note to process the work packet. Communicate this to all teachers. Independent Study packets are available in the attendance office for both student and parents to sign.

OUSD prohibits unlawful discrimination (such as discriminatory harassment, intimidation, or bullying) against any student, employee, or other person participating in district programs and activities, including, but not limited to, those programs or activities funded directly by or that receive or benefit from any state financial assistance, based on the person's actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital, pregnancy, or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Government Code 11135, or Penal Code 422.55 or equity or compliance with Title IX, or based on his/her association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (5 CCR 4610). BOARD POLICY 0410. BOARD POLICY 1312.3. BOARD POLICY 4030. BOARD POLICY 5143.3. BOARD POLICY 5145.7. Complaint forms are available at school sites, on the district webpage at, at the Office of the Ombudsperson located at 1000 Broadway, 1st Floor, Suite 150, Oakland, CA 94607, or via telephone 510-879-4281.

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