Class Change Policy

Students may not change classes for teacher or period preferences. Class changes will be made in the first three weeks of the semester by counselors to:
● rectify scheduling errors,
● address graduation and/or A­G requirements,
● balance classes.

No class changes will be made after the third week of the semester except by petition. From the fourth week after school starts through the end of the week following the first marking period, class changes can be made by petition for withdrawal for only two reasons:
● lack of requisite preparation in the subject area (as determined by school faculty); and
● hardship, such as long-­term illness, family trauma, or other potentially debilitating circumstances.
An administrator will make the decision in consultation with the student, parent, counselor, and teachers and by examination of transcript and test scores. The first priority is to hold students to the expectations and workload of the current class.

Class withdrawal policy
After the petition deadline, withdrawal from any class without formal permission will result in an “F” grade for the semester.

Requests based on extenuating circumstances occurring after the deadline must be documented and presented to the student’s grade-level administrator. If a request is denied, the student must appeal directly to the principal.

Second Semester: Only two classes at Tech are one semester long (American Government and Economics, which are paired in senior year). Students who earn a “D” or “F” in the first semester of any other class may petition to change to a lower level of the same class or to drop the class in second semester if it is not a graduation requirement. The deadline for this type of petition is the end of the first week of the second semester.

Please note OUSD regulation AR5121: A student who drops a course during the first six weeks of the semester may do so without any entry on his/her permanent record card. A student who drops a course after the first six weeks of the semester shall receive an F grade on his/her permanent record, unless otherwise decided by the principal or designee because of extenuating circumstances.

It is the intent of this policy to hold students to high expectations, while taking into consideration extenuating circumstances. The teaching faculty and school community as a whole will provide high support to all students in holding them to these high expectations, and they will make every effort to schedule students into appropriate classes.

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 www.ousd.org/ombudsperson, 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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