Health & Support Services
Oakland Tech is a full-service Oakland Community School dedicated to ensuring that all students graduate college, career and community ready.
We recognize that student learning is complex and diverse. Our mission is to ensure that every student thrives with equitable, holistic support of learning, through graduation and beyond.
Please contact Alexis Gray-Lawson, Tech’s Community School Manager, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Services at Oakland Tech include:
- Referrals for Mental Health services, CARE TEAM, and Parent Liaison
- Free Breakfast
- Free Computer & Printer Access
- School-Loaned Computers & Internet Access
- TechniClinic, the school-based health clinic
- School Nurses
- Tech Backpack Program for Food Insecure Bulldog Families
- Bulldog Closet for non-food items
- Parent Liaison
- Free Eye Exams and Eyeglasses for Students
- Sanctuary District
COST Referrals: This year we have 3 different referral processes for referring a student to a Coordination of Services Team program.
Because a hungry student cannot learn, Oakland Tech offers a free hot breakfast to all students every school day in the cafeteria. A free bag breakfast is served from 8:30 to 8:55 AM in front of the student center on the main campus and in the office on the Upper Campus.
All students are welcome to use the computers and printers available in the Tech student center.
A school-based health center, TechniClinic provides free medical, counseling and health education services to up to 700 Oakland Tech students every year. It’s managed by La Clinica de la Raza.
Oakland Tech’s school community is served by two full-time nurses dedicated to maximizing the health, safety and well-being of roughly 2,000 students. In addition to their medical duties, our nurses also coordinate a variety of programs aimed at providing real, transformative services for Bulldogs in need, including vision care for students and groceries and personal care products for both students and their families.
The Alameda Country Food Bank Backpack Program provides identified students with a backpack of non-perishable food every two weeks throughout the school year. A family may enroll at any time and will be added to the next distribution. If your household is experiencing food insecurity and would like to enroll, please contact Dr. Alexis Gray-Lawson.
The Bulldog Closet provides personal hygiene products, clothing basics, laundry detergent and emergency grocery gift cards to Tech students and families in need. Donations to the Bulldog Closet can be made by here. Be sure to write Bulldog Closet in the comment section: any donations given with "Bulldog Closet" in the comment section will be restricted and can only be used by the program to supply the closet and provide associated services. Please reach out to Dr. Alexis Gray-Lawson for more information.
We would love your help building our bulldog closet. Below is a list of items we especially need:
- Gift cards (Safeway, DoorDash, etc)
- T-shirts 2XL, 3XL
- Hand warmers
All items can be dropped off during school hours in the main office and our incredible student helpers will be able to put them in the closet.
Donations may also be sent to:
Oakland Tech Bulldog Closet
Oakland CA 94611
Tech’s Parent Liaison, Ms. Debra Carter-Kelly, supports parents and guardians as they work to navigate challenging situations. Among her responsibilities:
- Organizing free evening workshops on timely and important topics such as parent-student communication, drug and alcohol use, and more;
- Counseling students and connecting them to relevant support services;
- Coordinating Tech’s Student Success Team (SST). The SST works with students, parents and teachers to address issues of concern, and then puts a plan in place to support student success.
Please reach out to Ms. Carter-Kelly. Her office is inside the student center.
Tech students have an opportunity to receive free eye exams and eyeglasses through Vision To Learn, a mobile vision care clinic that brings its services directly to Tech. Services include screening by optometrists and opticians, and, if needed, eyeglasses that students themselves select. Students will pick up their glasses in the Nurse’s Office several weeks after the screening.
If you would like your student to participate in this program, please fill out the following consent form — VTL consent form in English or VTL consent form in Spanish — and have your student return it to the Nurse’s Office (Room 110A). Forms are also available in the Nurse’s Office. Contact Sarah Boyd for more information.
We want to remind everyone that Oakland Unified School District is a Sanctuary District inside a Sanctuary City located in California, a Sanctuary State. That means your State, City and School District support you no matter where you came from or how you got here. It’s also important to note that Immigration & Custom Enforcement policy prohibits agents from entering schools which are considered sensitive locations along with churches, hospitals and courthouses. We encourage families to check www.ousd.org/sanctuary for important information.
Our Community School Goals
- Offer a coordinated and integrated system of academic and support services
- Become a safe and healthy center of the community
- Foster trusting, intentional relationships and partnerships
- Build the capacity of adults and students to share responsibility for leadership and decision making, and
- Tailor the specific approach and mix of services to each community through a process of understanding and addressing inequities.
Because of this, we are committed to the foundational elements of:
- Continuous Improvement
- Collaborative Leadership
- Resource Alignment
Plus core elements of:
- Academic and Social Emotional Learning
- School Culture and Climate
- Youth Leadership
- Health and Wellness
- Expanded Learning
- Family Engagement and Support
- School Readiness and Transitions