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Chorus/Glee Club

We hope to reinstate a choral music program at Tech this year. Watch for information.

Poly Club

Students learn about Polynesian and Pan-Pacific cultures, studying traditional dance and performing in assemblies and evening shows.

Tech Techies

Members of this group work backstage in the Theater, building and moving scenery and props, and working lights and sound for drama, dance, music, and outside groups.


This music production program offers students the opportunity to learn to professionally operate audio-visual equipment and software. Upon completion of program, students will be eligible to work with program affiliates through the Alumni-Founded "We-Make-ASP 'BRIDGE' Program".

Student Leadership

Student Leadership plans and manages dances, rallies, spirit week and other school spirit activities, bulletin boards, student store, food sales, homecoming, and clubs day. They also organize Black History Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, plus Holiday activities such as a canned food drive, toy drive, and holiday ‘grams.’ They provide School Announcements during 3rd period, host events, and much more!

Student Leadership also serves as a forum for student opinions and concerns, with input from all class representatives. Students who volunteer for student leadership may receive an elective credit through the 3rd Period Leadership class.

Associated Student Body (ASB) Officers

ASB officers are the liaisons between the student body, parents, and school administration. They participate in Leadership Class, attend monthly PTSA meetings, and send representatives to attend the Faculty Council meetings every other week. They maintain the ASB Facebook page and other social media, and they lead monthly Student Council meetings. ASB officers are required to be in the Leadership Class.

Class Officers

Class officers lead their class, develop class spirit and school pride, organize fundraising events for their class, and plan the Junior Prom, Senior Ball, and other class activities. Class officers meet at least twice each month and are not required to attend Leadership Class.

9th grade students work on fund-raisers and other school/class spirit building activities throughout the school year. In 10th grade, the members of the class meet to plan various fundraisers and school/class activities. 11th grade class members work to plan the Junior Prom and major fundraisers and school/class spirit activities. In 12th grade, class members meet to plan and organize the Senior Ball and Senior Class activities. All grades also organize fundraisers and school/class spirit activities. All members of each class are welcome to attend class meetings.

Student Council

Student Council members are elected from each home room in September of each year. Monthly Student Council meetings focus on information about upcoming events, ideas for making Oakland Tech a better place, and providing a voice for student concerns to the administration.


Elections for student officers are held twice a year: in April for 10th – 12th grade officers and ASB officers, and by October for 9th grade officers, student council, and any unfilled ASB vacancies. Campaign materials or speeches must contain only appropriate content.

  • Student Council Elections: One student council representative is elected from each home room in September. Results of the student council elections are reported to the ASB officers, and the representatives attend the first Student Council meeting in October.

  • Candidates for ASB officers and Class Officers must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and have satisfactory attendance and citizenship.

  • In preparation for officer elections in April, each prospective candidate must pick up a petition and gather signatures no later than three weeks before the election. The petition must describe the candidate’s academic record, school activities, and reasons for wanting to serve. Petitions must be turned in, with platform statements and posters, at the candidates’ meeting that is held two weeks before the election. After the candidate’s petition is accepted, he or she may begin campaigning. Each candidate will have the opportunity to make a speech to the student body at a campaign assembly the day before elections. Officer elections will all be held on a single day.

  • Campaign posters and materials must have a picture of the candidate and the name of the position he or she is running for. No inappropriate references, words, or pictures are allowed.

  • Candidate speeches should be one to two minutes long and should outline the candidate’s platform and tell why he or she should be elected. No inappropriate language or references are allowed. Candidate speeches must have an administrator’s approval no later than the day before the campaign assembly and the approved version must remain unchanged.

  • Violation of campaign rules by a candidate or his or her opponent may result in the loss of privilege of the violator to run in the election.

  • The elections are held by secret ballot on the day after the campaign assembly. Results are counted by a small group of students from the Leadership Class who have been approved by the ASB Officers and the Activities Director. Election results are publicized during the morning announcements, and elected officers are sworn in during May at the last student council meeting.

  • 9th Grade and Vacancy Elections: In September, elections for 9th grade officers and unfilled vacancies are held, but the campaign assembly and speeches are only for 9th grade students. Each candidate must still pick up a petition and then turn it in with a platform statement and poster one week before the election.


Any group of students may apply for permission to form a club by submitting a club application. All clubs must have a purpose and hold regular meetings, and have a constitution that outlines policies and rules. All clubs must submit a new application and constitution every school year. An information session is held early in the year so students can learn about the clubs at Oakland Tech. Club meeting dates are determined at the first meeting of the year. In addition to the clubs described below, lunch and After-School Clubs at Tech may include the Culinary Club, Mountain Bike Club, the Spoken Word Collective, and many more, depending on student interest!

Lunch Clubs

Anime/Videogames: Students discuss the fine art of Japanese Animation and occasionally discuss video games that relate to anime.

Arduino Club: Students work on electronics projects using Arduino kits.

BSU (Black Student Union): A club for all students who are interested in community service and learning about the past, present, and future of African American people. The students are working to improve their futures and have a positive impact on our school community and the greater community of Oakland. BSU meets Thursdays at lunch in the Dance room.

BuildOn: A non-profit organization that works in conjunction with several school-based clubs across the country. BuildOn’s mission is to enhance education for American youth while providing children of developing countries the opportunity to become self-reliant through education. Club members gain a greater sense of global awareness and participate regularly in service projects to better our community and foster an environment of social awareness.

Dance Club: Students explore different styles of modern and hip hop dance, leaving a legacy of school spirit through school dancing at Oakland Tech after the leaders graduate.

Feminist Club: This club educates students through knowledgeable discussion of the sexism prevalent in today’s society, and through history, to recognize feminist heroes. Club members provide a safe space to discuss options, and they inform and support one another in contributing positive solutions.

Film Club: Students watch classic and iconic films and discuss the themes, messages and meanings.

Queer Straight Alliance (QSA): The purpose of this club is to create a safe place for GLBTQ youth and allies to express themselves, as well as to raise awareness about stereotypes, discrimination, homophobia and other gender issues.

Green Club: This club plays a crucial role in making Tech a sustainable school, facilitating recycling and educating students. They meet Wednesdays at lunch in room 146. Internships are available.

JSA/Debate Club: Junior State of America members educate themselves on proper debate form, teach students how to express their opinions, and get students engaged in the political process.

Key Club: A branch of the Kiwanis family, Key Club strives to provide service to the school and the community. Key club has existed at Tech since the 1920’s. Club members get to know fellow students and have fun helping others.

La Raza: A multicultural club that focuses on Latino culture and the Spanish-speaking world. All are welcome to participate in learning and organizing community services.

Mock Trial: Students practice and participate in competitions that mimic actual legal trials.

Robotics Students get together to enjoy mechanical engineering, computer programming, and robotic design, and to enter Robotic competitions.

The Scribe: Oakland Tech’s student newspaper is published 3-5 times a year by a well-organized team of student journalists.

Tek Modern is a dance club that exposes members to dance styles, movements, and culture, especially modern hip-hop.

Tech Toastmasters: Students help each other develop self-confidence, communication and leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their life.

Ultimate Frisbee: This club meets to practice and play weekly, with some unofficial weekend intramural events.

Vanishing Children: A service club to support children in Third World countries who daily face the hardships of minimum survival circumstances.

After-School Program

In addition to sponsoring many of the enrichment clubs above that meet after school, the award-winning After-School Program (ASP) provides Academic Tutoring and Credit Recovery.

ASP meets every M-F 3:30 to 5:30pm starting in October. We have something for everyone after school.

Schedules are announced in September. For more information, contact Carlos Carmona, director of after-school programs, ext. 423; in the library.

After-school programs Include:

Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL): The members practice and compete in statewide competitions that emphasize the techniques of debate and public speaking.

Interact: A Rotary-sponsored service club for young people. Made up of members 14-18 or of secondary-school age, Interact gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects. Along the way, Interact participants develop leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends. The word Interact stands for “international action” and today nearly 200,000 young people in more than 110 countries belong to some 8,700 clubs. The goal of international service through Interact is to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of youth in the ideal of service.

MESA: Members gain experience and work with others in Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement. Administered by the University of California, MESA helps students to visit companies and learn about career options in STEM fields, go to conferences, and enjoy hands-on activities.

Real Hard: A year-round, multiracial youth leadership development program that provides training and support for students to change their relationships to themselves, to their peers, and to their education. The students in the Real Hard lunch & after school club are part of a movement all over Oakland in which teens actively improve their schools. At Tech, they have created the Four Pillars of Tech (see page 2) to support a positive climate in every classroom.

Techbridge: an after-school program where girls get to work on fun, hands-on technical projects, make new friends, meet role models, take field trips and explore career options. Techbridge makes science, technology and engineering fun! The program meets Monday afternoons.

Yearbook: Students work together to establish a theme and then put together a book of pictorial memories.

Tech Techies, Acrobatics, Polyclub, and We Make Beats (page 50) are part of the After School Program.

School Policies


Daily attendance is critical to student success at Tech. To achieve and earn credits, it is vital that students attend every class on time every day. Consistent student attendance also generates money for paying teacher and staff salaries, buying books and keeping our school clean and safe. Attendance will be monitored on a daily basis. (However, please do not send your child to school if he or she is contagious).

School Hours

The first bell rings at 8:25 a.m. Students are considered tardy after 8:30 a.m. Students are released at 3:30 p.m. except on minimum days. Students are generally released at 1:05 p.m. every second and third Wednesday of the month, (check calendar for actual dates), which are minimum days set aside for faculty planning sessions and professional development.

Leaving Campus

During school hours, students who wish to leave campus before the end of the school day must obtain a Permit to Leave before leaving campus. Students are to take a note, written by a parent/guardian, to the Attendance Office before school or during lunch. The note must state the date, time and reason the student is to leave campus. This procedure must be followed even if the student plans to leave during lunch. When he/she returns, the Permit to Leave can be used as a note to receive a pink slip for the hours missed. A student who is off campus without a Permit to Leave and is stopped by a truancy officer will be taken to the Truancy Center.


Attendance Calling System

During registration, parents who have not already enrolled in the automated calling system should select a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that allows them access to the system. Each evening, the system calls the parents of students who were absent that day. Parents enter student information for a security match, listen to a menu of excuses, and then enter the appropriate number. The messages are offered in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Cambodian. Parents must respond by 3 p.m. the following day for the absence to be cleared.

Excusable Absences

  • Student is ill

  • Quarantine is required by the city or county health department

  • Student medical or dental appointment

  • Funeral of a member of the immediate family (1 day within California; 3 days if outside of the state)

  • Up to 5 days for failure to provide evidence of immunization

  • Participation in religious instruction or exercises

  • Court appearance

  • Religious observance/retreat

  • Student is incarcerated, awaiting a DHP, or on suspension

  • Advance parental notification (Administrative Bulletin 6005)

Excusing Absences

Please call the Attendance Office at 450-5400, ext. 153, 154, or 155 after 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent from school. If your student is in the Fashion, Arts and Design Academy, please call 654-7116. This will eliminate receiving a message from the automatic attendance calling system later in the day.

Sample Letter:

September 12, 2015

Please excuse my daughter, April Smith, for being absent on September 9, 10, and 11, 2015. She was ill.

Terry Smith

Home 222-3322 Cell (510) 666-1111

note written by a parent or guardian is necessary to clear absences. The note must be taken to the Attendance Office before 8:25 a.m. the first day upon returning to school. The note should state the first and last name of the pupil, the reason for the absence and the date(s) the child was absent. Parents/guardians must sign the note and include a daytime phone number. The student will be given a pink slip, which the student must then have signed by all teachers. A pink slip will be issued by the Attendance Office before school from 8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. and at lunch ONLY. Keep the pink slip in your files for the marking period for reference.


  • Students are expected to be in their seats by the 8:30 a.m. bell so that teaching may begin without disruption. Students who enter the classroom after 8:30 a.m. will be counted tardy by their teacher.

  • Students are considered tardy to class any time they are not in their seat when the bell rings. Students are expected to be on time to all classes. Please see the bell schedule for the start time of each class period. Late slips are never written.

  • Students who are 30 minutes late without a valid excuse three or more times are considered truant and will be referred with their parents to the School Attendance Review Team (SART). Truancy is a serious offense and may result in a criminal complaint against a parent who fails to comply with the state attendance requirement. (Administrative Bulletin 6005)

Unexcused Absences & Tardies

Student consequences include, but are not limited to: parent notification, assignment to after school detention, Saturday school, restriction from participation in extra-curricular activities, attendance contract, referral to SARB and/or a shortened school day.

Student Behavior

At Oakland Tech we strive to create a safe academic environment where all students are expected to work hard and demonstrate good citizenship at all times. It is our expectation that each member of the Tech community follows and honors standards of behavior based on the principals of honesty, responsibility, integrity, and respect. Should individuals fall short of these ideals, we have a system of rules and procedures intended to maintain the health and safety of our community. Students will be held responsible for their behavior while on and around the campus, during school hours, during school excursions, and while participating in any school activity. Our goal is to teach and assist students in personal growth and responsibility.

OUSD District Policies and Expectations

Please review the OUSD Parent Guide for district policies and expectations. Copies are available at registration, in the school office and from the OUSD Public Information Office at 1000 Broadway, Suite 680 Oakland, CA 94607.

Dress Code

Students shall at all times dress and groom themselves in a manner that is consistent with the District’s educational goal of providing a safe and secure educational environment.

  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts must NOT be shorter than the student’s extended arm (fingertips)

  • Clothes shall conceal undergarments at all times and not expose bare midriffs. See-through fabrics, halter tops, and other revealing clothing are not to be worn to school.

  • Pajamas are not to be worn to school except if specified during Spirit Week or Halloween.

  • Shoes or sandals must be worn at all times. No slippers or house shoes.

  • Wearing of any attire, slogan, initials, color or jewelry that advocates gang participation, use of drugs, alcohol, or vulgarity is prohibited. Items shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia that are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive. Such items will be confiscated or the student will be sent home to change.

  • Headgear, hats, visors, and sunglasses are not allowed in the classroom unless it is necessary for medical or religious reasons.

  • Wave caps (“do rags”), hairnets, and bandanas are not allowed on campus.

Students who do not comply with these rules will be asked to change or to go home to change.

Lunch Behavior

Oakland Tech has an open campus during lunch period ONLY. Students are allowed to leave campus for lunch but must return on time to the next class. Students who leave campus for any reason without a Permit to Leave will be disciplined. While in the community, students must follow school rules and be respectful of all community members. Students must refrain from entering or disturbing private property.

Disciplinary Action

School administrators will determine the appropriate disciplinary action after considering the severity of the infraction and other factors. If a sanction more severe than a five-day suspension is considered appropriate, the administration may recommend expulsion to the Pupil Disciplinary Hearing Panel (PDHP). More info at http://www.ousd.org/Page/534.

Discipline by a Teacher

For any acts of misconduct, a teacher can has the right and responsibility to:

  • suspend a student from class for two class periods

  • keep a student after school for up to one hour

  • refer the student to the appropriate school administrator

  • following written notice, require a parent/guardian to attend a portion of the school day and accompany the student to class if the student disrupted school activities or willfully defied the authority of the teacher or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties

Behavior Referrals to the Office

If a student gets a referral from a teacher, he or she should go to their Assistant Principal’s office, sign in, fill out an incident statement, and wait to be seen. The student must bring class work along and complete any required assignment while waiting. The waiting room is to remain quiet at all times. If a student misbehaves in the waiting room, his or her referral consequences will be increased. It is the responsibility of the student to make up work missed when out for any disciplinary reason.

Grounds for Disciplinary Action

All students are subject to disciplinary action when involved in any of the acts listed below, while on school grounds or at a school activity, during lunchtime (on or off campus), or while going to or coming from school or any school activity. Severe behavioral infractions may lead to immediate suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion.

  • ALL acts of academic dishonesty (cheating, changing grades, etc.)

  • fighting or threatening to fight

  • electronic recording and posting fights to social media sites

  • using force or violence upon another

  • possession of a dangerous object

  • possession, selling, or being under the influence of a controlled substance

  • committing or attempting to commit robbery, stealing, or extortion

  • causing damage to school or private property

  • stealing or attempting to steal school or private property

  • possessing or using tobacco or nicotine products

  • committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity

  • possessing or selling drug paraphernalia

  • disrupting the learning environment

  • refusing to leave a classroom when asked

  • plagiarism (using someone’s work without sighting the source)

  • disruption of school activities or defiance of authority

  • knowingly receiving stolen property

  • possession of an imitation firearm that looks like a real gun

  • committing or attempting to commit sexual assault or harassment

  • harassing, threatening, or intimidating a student who will be a witness at a Pupil Disciplinary Hearing Panel (PDHP).



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ullying is defined as the use of aggression, intimidation and/or cruelty with the deliberate intent of hurting another person verbally, physically, or emotionally. Cyber bullying is included in this policy. Students whose behavior disrupts the learning environment, creates substantial disorder, or invades the rights of pupils or school personnel by creating a hostile educational environment will be disciplined. Disruption caused by students’ behavior and choices on the web are included. This includes disruptive behavior on Facebook, Twitter, and all other social networking sites.


It is illegal for students or anyone on the school’s campus to possess, use, or be under the influence of any controlled substance. Those in violation are subject to suspension and/or arrest. However, Tech provides two substance abuse counselors for the male and female populations with drug, alcohol, disciplinary, social and academic issues. These students are referred by the Tech staff, security, parents and other students to learn to cope and overcome these issues in a safe environment where they can find acceptance, control and awareness of their issues. Our counselors aspire to motivate these students to move forward and focus on their education through brief intervention counseling and an ongoing commitment to their needs. Referrals can be made through Dawn Humphrey, Debra Carter-Kelly, or any teacher through the COST referral form.

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Gambling on or around the school grounds will not be tolerated. Students who choose to gamble and/or observe such activities are subject to assignment to detention, Saturday school or suspension.


The school reserves the right to discipline a student for actions committed off-campus if the actions are intended to have an effect on a student or they adversely affect the safety and well-being of a student while in school. This policy prohibits student-to-student harassment whenever it is related to school activity or attendance. Any student who engages in the harassment of another student is subject to disciplinary action up to and including verbal and/or written warnings and reprimands, counseling, suspension, and expulsion.


Students are only allowed to cross the street at controlled intersections. Students who jaywalk may receive a citation. Adults visiting the school are expected to set a good example.


Students must leave campus immediately upon dismissal. Students who remain on campus after the end of the school day must be in the company of a teacher, coach, tutor, or club sponsor.


Plagiarism is a specific type of cheating which involves presenting others’ work as your own—whether in writing, lab assignments, visual art, or other media—without identifying the source. Plagiarism is a serious offense and students will be subject to disciplinary measures. The TurnItIn program helps students learn to avoid plagarism.

Securing Personal Belongings


Oakland Technical High School has a limited number of hall lockers. Students are assigned a locker by the Treasurer on a first-come basis at registration and at the beginning of the school year if any are available. Students are not permitted to share lockers. Do not share your combination with others and refrain from putting valuable items (iPods, cell phones, purses, etc.) in your locker. Personal locks are not permitted on lockers and will be removed if used. P.E. locks, which must be used on P.E. lockers, will be distributed and collected by P.E. teachers. There is a $7 charge for any lock that is not returned. Oakland Technical High School is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Students must make sure that their locker is secure before they leave.


Students are not to bring items of value or large sums of money to school. Valuable items are often stolen, lost or damaged. The school is not responsible for any personal items brought on campus, and will not be responsible for the investigation of stolen items. Instruction will not be stopped to recover items.

Lost & Found

If a student loses an item, he or she can check the Lost and Found in the Counseling Office. All items will be held for one semester. At the end of each semester, all items remaining in the Lost and Found will be donated to charity. Lost books will be returned to the bookroom.

Electronic Devices Policy

Anything that interferes with the educational process cannot be brought to school. Teachers, security, and school officials may confiscate these items. Confiscated items may be held for the day or until the end of the semester, or they may be returned to a parent or guardian upon a conference with an administrator.

  • iPods, MP3 players and video cameras, including those on cell phones, are not to be seen or heard, and are used at students’ own risk and only with permission of a teacher.

  • Cellular phones must be turned off and out of sight during classes (see below)

  • iPads and personal computers are used at students’ own risk and only with permission of a teacher.

Cell Phone usage

Parents are asked to PLEASE not call students during the school day. It is distracting when a cell phone rings during class. If parents need to contact a student, please call at lunch or during passing periods (see Bell Schedule inside front cover), or call the Main Office at (510) 450-5400 and your child will be given a message.

Cell phones should NOT be used and MUST be turned off during class time. Earpieces should not be seen or used in class. NO student is allowed to talk on a cell phone or text during class. A cell phone should not be heard in class. Students are not allowed to go into the hall to answer phones during class time. Students not adhering to these rules will be subject to suspension, assignment to Saturday school, and/or confiscation of the phone. Refusal to give a teacher, administrator, or Security Officer a phone once it has been requested may result in suspension.Cell phones must not be used to tape incidents that occur on campus without the prior consent of all persons involved. Using a phone to record a fight will result in disciplinary actions.

Safety, Health, & Transportation

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Report trouble to:
Security Officer

Fred Trotter


call or text


Staci Ross-Ross-Morrison

OUSD Police Dispatch


Emergency: 911

Call from cell phone

text OPD:

text TECH

to 78247

D Badges

Many of our safety concerns are a result of non-students being on our campus. It is unacceptable to have the safety of our community compromised by trespassers. All staff and students are required to have their picture identification badges on their person at all times. Every student must have his/her picture taken for this ID badge upon registration at Tech. Students must be able to produce their ID badges at all times while they are on campus. Oakland Tech will provide ID badges.

Visiting Campus

All visitors to the school must sign in at the school office to obtain a visitor’s badge before proceeding on to campus. Siblings or visitors under 21 years of age, unless accompanied by a parent or adult, are not allowed on campus.

Visiting Classrooms

Classroom visits must be prearranged with the teacher. Visitors need to obtain a visitor’s badge in the school office upon entering the school.

Security Incidents

To report a security incident, contact Tech’s head of security, Fred Trotter, (510) 927-1318, or Tech’s OUSD School Resource Officer (510) 874-7777 (non-emergency).

OUSD Anonymous Tip Line (510) 532-4867 • Emergency situations (510) 450-5445.

Medications & Minor Emergencies

OUSD has a school nurse (stationed in the Techniclinic) and offers on-site health services through the TechniClinic, managed by La Clínica de la Raza. (See Social Support Services on page 27 for TechniClinic details.) If a student becomes too ill to remain in class, he or she must obtain a blue pass from the teacher and report to the TechniClinic.

  • TechniClinic staff will provide immediate care for minor emergencies.

  • Administration of prescription medication during school hours is also managed through the TechniClinic, provided a note from the child’s physician and parent is on file and the medication is in the original container.

School Closure for Emergencies

School closing information will be conveyed via emergency radio stations, such as KCBS (740 AM), KGO (810 AM) or KNBR (680 AM). The school or school district also calls all families to report emergencies or safety incidents. BE SURE YOUR EMERGENCY CARD IS UPDATED AND YOUR PHONE NUMBER IS CURRENT. You may do this through the AERIES.net parent portal.

Major Emergencies and Disasters

Oakland Tech has a School Site Safety Plan on file in the Principal’s office. In a major disaster:

      • Students will only be released to individuals listed on the student’s Emergency Card.

      • Al Kyte Field (Tech’s football field) is the neighborhood Disaster Command Post.

      • All students will gather on the football field. The school will contact parents to ask that students be picked up. Students will only be released to individuals who are listed on the students’ Emergency Cards. All adults coming to pick up students in the case of an emergency MUST show their identification card.

  • In the event of a disaster, please do not call the school or make personal arrangements with your child without contacting a school official. As soon as possible, someone from the school will contact parents following a disaster, or information will be conveyed via emergency radio stations, such as KCBS (740 AM), KGO (810 AM) or KNBR (680 AM).

Emergency Cards ARE Important!

Emergency cards are the final word on who is authorized as a contact in an emergency. Only parents, guardians, or individuals listed on the card may sign out a student from school.

Keeping the emergency card up to date with your latest phone number and address is also critical, should an emergency arise. To make changes to your card, please bring or mail to the Attendance Office evidence of your new information (utility bill, phone bill, etc.) Make a point to copy your emergency card before you bring it in for registration.

AC Transit Buses

AC Transit provides bus service to Tech via routes 12, 51A, 61, 651, 657 and 696. Routes in the 600s are special school routes. See the AC Transit website, www.actransit.org, for route maps and schedules. Students age 5-18 are eligible for a $20 AC Transit monthly bus pass that can be loaded onto a Youth Clipper Card. The monthly bus pass allows the student to ride any AC Transit bus line in the East Bay an unlimited number of times during a calendar month.

The Youth Clipper Card application form is available at the AC Transit Customer Service Center at 1600 Franklin St. in Oakland or by download at http://www.clippercard.com. The application may be mailed, emailed or faxed in. One piece of documentation is required for proof of eligibility (Birth Certificate, Passport, State ID, Military Dependent Card, or Alien Registration Card are examples). You can also apply for the Clipper Card in person at AC Transit Customer Service Center to get the card immediately; otherwise it will be mailed to you, typically within seven business days.


Oakland Tech does not provide parking for students. Students who drive must park on the street. The City of Oakland will cite all cars on campus not displaying a valid parking permit and those belonging to students. Two-hour parking is strictly enforced by the city around campus. Tickets may even be issued if a car leaves and returns after two hours.

Tech Treasurer

Tech’s Treasurer manages funds for student-related items and services, including: uniform sales, yearbook sales, lost textbook payments, PSAT and Advanced Placement exam fees, prom/dance ticket sales, sports event ticket sales, and student club funds. Rosemary Whisenton, extension 119, is Tech's Treasurer.

The Treasurer accepts cash only. Receipts are provided for payments that apply to one individual only, such as payments for lost textbooks. Payments are logged on a master list when many students are paying for the same item, such as yearbooks and test registration fees (PSAT, Advanced Placement exams). For these items, an individual receipt will be provided upon request. Receipts are not provided for tangible items, such as uniforms or event tickets. Receipts are needed for all refunds.

Treasury Hours

The Treasury is open for students and parents to transact business every school day:

  • Regular schedule days: lunch time and for a short time after school (game days excluded); for one hour after final bell during first two weeks of school year.

  • Minimum days (2nd & 3rd Wednesdays): after school


The Tech Treasurer also manages locker assignments. Students may obtain locker assignments at Registration, or by visiting the Treasury during the first two weeks of the school year, space permitting. Students keep the same locker during all the years they are enrolled at Oakland Tech. Students can request a new locker combination from the Treasurer. (See more info on lockers, p. 43)

Parent Information

Research shows “a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education.” In other words, if you are involved in your child’s learning both at home and at school, your children will do better in school.

Specifically, these four things make a difference:4

  1. When parents and community focus on improving student learning, student learning improves.

  2. Speaking up for children protects and promotes their success.

  3. All families can contribute to their children’s success, and

  4. Community organizing gets results.

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