Oakland Unity High School Handbook
The mission of Oakland Unity High School (Unity) is to
provide a college preparatory education to students of diverse or disadvantaged
background through a culturally relevant curriculum in an environment that is
academically demanding, yet offers high levels of support from faculty, family
and fellow students. Unity will be responsive to the developmental and academic
needs of students, and allow them to seek success in terms of both academic and
To this end, Oakland Unity High School will provide the
- A curriculum and schedule that pushes every Unity student to
meet the University of California A‑G college
entrance requirements upon graduation.
- A comprehensive support program, provided through a
partnership between the School, student families and the broader community, to
ensure that every Unity student has the support needed to permit focus on academic
- Learning experiences that allow every
Unity student to achieve her or his leadership and academic potential, to
become a creative, critical thinker, a compassionate human being, and an
effective participant in a multicultural, democratic society.
- For each Unity student, an adult advisor assigned to assist
him or her with informal counseling and to help the student resolve the
problems she or he will face during the high school years.
- College admissions guidance and counseling for every Unity
student, particularly as graduation approaches.
Purpose of this Handbook
The Oakland Unity High School Community recognizes that
family and school are partners in the successful intellectual, social and
physical development of the next generation. Our students’ growth requires that
caring adults, especially their parents and guardians, play an active role in
the educational process. This handbook will help the family and the school to
work together smoothly by coordinating responsibilities and setting out
Parent or guardian responsibilities include:
- Assuring that the student arrives at school on time each day
and has a reliable means of transportation home at the end of the school day or
after school activities.
- Informing the school as early in the morning as possible
each day, if your child will be absent because of illness or other valid
reason. In the event of a planned or extended absence notice should be by
telephone and in writing. Any student’s absence from school harms the student
and the school.
- Attending parent/teacher/student
conferences whenever necessary to improve the school parent partnership to
benefit the student.
- Attending parent/teacher/administrator
meetings to discuss disciplinary action, if necessary.
- Volunteering 10 hours of service each year
for the benefit of the school.
- Signing a three-way school-patent-student
The goal of Oakland Unity High School, like the goal of
parents, is to help students mature into responsible, respectful and capable
To maintain a school environment that is conducive to
learning responsibility, mutual respect, life skills and academic knowledge
safe, polite and attentive behavior is essential. Consequently, all Unity
students agree to:
- Arrive at school on time and prepared for the day's work.
- Present homework assignments on time as complete and neat as
they are able to do through their best efforts.
- Attend all classes each day scheduled, listening attentively
and participating fully, but politely in all class discussions.
- Follow the instructions and guidance of teachers to
participate in group or individual assignments in class.
- Treat all students, all faculty and all other staff with
- Sign the three-way contract.
Faculty and Administration Responsibilities
The teachers and principal of Oakland Unity High School
undertake to do their best to participate fully in the education of every UNITY
Teachers and Principal will make every reasonable effort to
advise a parent or guardian of unusual difficulties their student may be
experiencing at school and to consult about student needs.
Teachers will make every reasonable effort to respond to
parent inquiries clearly for the benefit of the student.
Oakland Unity High School prohibits unlawful discrimination
against or harassment of a person participating in any program or activity at
the School or employed by or seeking employment with the School on the basis of
race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic or cultural group
identification, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental
disability, religion or age. This policy is enforced consistent with the
provisions of applicable state and federal law.
Parents can contact the school at:
Oakland Unity High School
6038 Brann Street
Oakland, CA 94605
(510) 635-3830 FAX
Parent can also contact individual staff by e-mail.
Addresses are listed at www.unityhigh.org/staff.
To reach the Board of Directors, parents can write to:
Chair of the Board
Oakland Unity High School
6038 Brann Street
Oakland, CA 94605
History and Plan of Oakland Unity High School
Unity received its charter from the Oakland Unified School
District in October 2002 and began operation in September 2003. During the
first year Unity enrolled approximately 100 9th and 10 graders.
Successes in the first year of operation were many. One was
the establishment of a powerful bond with Jane Goodall’s
world-wide Roots and Shoots organization, leading to the revered naturalist’s
visit to the school in March. Another was the formation of competitive boys and
girls basketball teams in the winter followed in the spring by the formation of
soccer teams. An extraordinary
scuba diving licensing program was conducted for a dozen students as an extra curricular activity. Unity students also scored above
expectations on State-mandated achievement tests.
For the 2004-2005 academic year,
Unity added 11th grade and enrolled approximately 200 students.
For its third year, the school expanded with a twelfth grade
for continuing students and brought in a new cohort of freshmen. When fully
developed with adequate facilities, Unity will accommodate a total of about 400
students in grades 9 through 12.
In 2007, Unity was granted accreditation by WASC, the
accrediting agency for schools. Unity
received accreditation for six years with a review after three years, the
highest accreditation given.
Unity Schools, a California non-profit organization,
is the parent organization of Oakland Unity High School. The Board of Directors
of Unity Schools establishes and approves all major educational and operational
policies, approves all major contracts, and approves the school's annual
budget. It oversees the school's fiscal affairs, and selects and evaluates the
top administrative staff.
The Board currently has five members. Each member is
expected to serve for a two-year term and may
serve more than one term.
- At least one member of the Board at any time, chosen on the
basis of his or her interest and commitment to the mission of Unity Schools, is
sought from among the parents or guardians of a student at Unity.
- One member, drawn from among the parents or guardians of a
student in the School, is to be nominated to the Board by the Unity school site
- The Board may also include a representative of the Oakland
Unified School District, if the District so desires.
Meetings of the Unity Board of Directors are open to the
public. All meeting notices and agendas are posted 24 hours in advance of the
meetings on the school office door and on our website (www.unityhigh.org).
Opportunity for public comment is scheduled early on the agenda. Parents and
community members are asked to keep their statements to three minutes or less.
Unless otherwise notified, meetings of the Board are held monthly at Unity High
School. Date and times of the meetings are posted on www.unityhigh.org.
School Site Council
The School Site Council includes the principal, teachers,
parents and students who meet monthly to assist the Principal in developing
policies for Board approval, to make recommendations for decisions that affect
the school community and to help resolve difficulties within the school
Specifically, the School Site Council is responsible for:
- Facilitating school operations
- Helping to develop personnel policies
- Helping to develop student policies
- Helping to develop priorities for school expenditures
- Helping the school to control expenses
The Council will pursue its efforts with the understanding
that the Principal is responsible for the day‑to-day
management of the school and the implementation of policy within parameters set
by the Board. Final approval of all School policies rests with the Board.
Access to Governance Information
Copies of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Unity
Schools, Personnel and Student Policies and this Handbook are available for
viewing in the school office or online at www.unityschools.org.
Student Academic and Social Requirements
Each year every continuing student at Oakland Unity High
School will be required to:
- Complete all required courses successfully
- Participate in the development and implementation of a
personal Student Success Plan
- Participate in a student taskforce
- Maintain student journal
- Maintain a student organization system
- Obtain an Oakland Public Library card
- Maintain a Student Work Portfolio
- Complete a Service Learning Project
- Participate in technology and test‑prep
- Complete self, class and school evaluations
- Attend two (2) family conversation meetings
- Develop a Summer Action Plan by the end of the last quarter
- Attend all required summer program activities
In addition 9th graders are also expected to:
- Take the PSAT exam
- Successfully complete the state PE assessment
- Attend the 10th grade summer orientation program
- Serve as mentors to incoming freshmen class
Tenth and 11th graders are expected to:
- Complete two (2) Career Exploration Activities
- Complete two (2) College Exploration Activities
- Develop or further pursue a College or Internship Action
- Take the PSAT and/or SAT exams
- Take the State Exit Exam
Academic Requirements for Graduation
In order to graduate, a student needs to have achieved the
following by the end of 12th grade:
- Completion of courses in required subjects for a total of no
less than 230 credits (one semester of coursework in a subject is five credits,
one year is 10 credits).
- Graduation in good standing requires a grade point average
(GPA) of 3.0 or more. The minimum requirement for graduation is a GPA of 2.0 or
- Completion of a minimum of 20 hours of
- Completion of the Senior Project.
- Completion of the State High School Exit
Exam. Students have several opportunities to take the test, beginning as
early as the 10th grade. Once a student passes a section of the test, that
section need not be taken again.
Required Subjects for Graduation
English or ELD
6 semesters of Algebra, Geometry, Math elective
2 semesters each of Physical Science, Biology, Science elective
4 semesters of Spanish or other language
2 semesters of creative or performing arts
Four‑year colleges may
require additional specific or total coursework.
Students do not receive course credit for a course if a
final grade of F is earned. Course credit can be made up by repeating the
course the following year or, if available, in summer school. Parents should
read the student's report card carefully to check that the student is on track
for credits earned as well as GPA.
Only students who have completed all the requirements for
graduation by the end of the school day prior to graduation ceremonies will be
allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. Students who will receive a Certificate of
Completion (completing all requirements except passing both parts of the exit
exam) may be excluded from the ceremonies. Students in this category may appeal to the principal to be allowed to
No students may participate if the above are not met. There will be no exceptions.
Any student who has been suspended for fighting during the
second semester of their senior year may not be permitted to participate in graduation
activities. The student may appeal to
the principal and staff to be allowed to participate.
Students who are late to school more than five (5) times or
have five (5) unexcused absences from school during the second semester of
their senior year may not be allowed to attend the senior prom or end of the year
activities. Appeals may be made to the
Graduation policy approved by Board December 7, 2005
Non-return to Unity any semester:
Students and parents will be required to attend a meeting
where a remedial plan will be developed if any of the items below apply. Failure to meet the requirements in the
remedial plan may result in the student being referred to the Board for
- Failing three (3) subjects
- Lower than a 1.5 GPA
- 3 or more suspensions from school per semester
- 5 or more class suspensions in a semester
- More than 10 days of absence per semester*
- Tardy more than 10 days of school per semester
- Failing to earn adequate credits to move to the next grade
- Not complying with the uniform policy
*Students with 15 consecutive unexcused absences will be
All coursework at Unity High School will be graded as
follows: A= 90‑100%, B= 80‑89%, C= 70‑ 79%, D= 60‑69%,
and F =0‑59%.
Class grades and percentage points will be based on the
following: writing, reading, projects, work in class,
quizzes, tests, overall class participation and homework
Grade Level Standing
In addition to credit requirements, students must meet the following
school and grade level requirements:
- Minimum of 50 credits completed for admission to 10th grade
- Minimum of 110 credits completed for admission to 11th grade
- Minimum of 170 credits completed for admission to 12th grade
Typical Course Schedule
Typically, students will enroll in the following courses at
each grade level. Students who have already completed certain courses (Algebra,
Geometry, Biology, or Spanish) may enroll in the next higher- level course
offered, including honors and advanced placement courses.
- English I or ELD
- Algebra or higher math course
- World Cultures
- Biology 9
- Spanish I
- English II
- Geometry or higher math course
- U.S. History
- Life Sciences
- Spanish II
- English III
- Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry
- American Government, Economics
- Creative or Performing Art
- Spanish III
- Honors English or Advanced Placement English
- Multicultural Studies Options
- Ecology Seminar or Physics Seminar
- Creative or Performing Art
- Spanish Seminar or Spanish Honors
Courses offered at Unity will vary from semester to
semester. Course descriptions, schedules and requirements will be published and
available to families as early as possible or from individual instructors upon
Oakland Unity High School has applied and been accepted by
the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the principal
accreditation body for schools and colleges in the Western United States, as a
candidate for accreditation. Accreditation assures both parents and admissions
directors at colleges and universities that Oakland Unity High School is
providing a college preparatory curriculum that meets rigorous WASC standards.
Each student will be assigned to a grade level advisory
group during 9th and 10th grade. Advisors serve as academic coaches and provide
primary adult guidance to students. Student leadership and Unity Studies
curriculum is core to the advisory program. Advisors are responsible for the
development of Student Success Plans and act as the primary contact person for
students and families.
Unity Studies Advisory
Oakland Unity High School students will participate in a unique
curriculum, linked to core academic studies, which promotes student leadership,
social responsibility and social action. Students will participate in Unity
Studies activities four days per week with their advisory group. Each advisory
will function as a student task force and each student in the advisory will
share leadership roles and tasks. Each advisory will adopt a community
organization involved in social change and justice work.
Sports & After-School Programs
Unity has, and will continue to develop after-school
programs as an integral component of the School mission. Basketball and soccer
teams have been established, for both boys and girls. Additional teams will be
organized based on the level of interest and support. Students also have the opportunity
to participate in other after‑school programs, many of which support the
Unity Academic program. We also encourage and support the development of student‑initiated after‑school programming.
Parents will be notified of the after-school program schedule. Any student
interested in after‑school programs must submit a signed parent or
guardian permission form prior to participating.
Supporting Your Student
Parents and teachers are in a unique position to support
Unity students. Working together, we provide guidance and encouragement to help
your student grow into a confident and capable young adult. Regular
communication is essential. Please let us know if personal circumstances - such
as illness or death in the family, a learning difficulty, or other stresses -
may affect your student's performance at school. We will work with you and your
student to create as supportive an academic environment as possible.
Unity communicates your child's progress to you in several
Student work is evaluated or corrected by teachers on a
continuing basis. Your student should share and discuss these results with you
on a regular basis. This will help you participate in his or her successes on a
Progress Reports will be issued twice per year, midway
through each semester. Report Cards will be issued twice per year, at the end
of each semester. Parent or guardian should look forward to these dates and
discuss the current report with your student. Your interest in student
performance will confirm to the student the importance of the efforts she or he
is making at school. Please sign and return the form verifying that you have
received and read the Progress Report or Report Card.
Your student’s advisor and her or his teachers are available
to you by telephone. Calls during class time will be recorded so that the
teacher can return the call after classes or other activities. The telephone
rings silently so the class will not be disrupted. Questions can be discussed
by telephone or a conference can be scheduled. Parents and guardians are always
welcome to make an appointment to meet with the school principal, teachers or
Each student will have access to Power School to keep
current with assignments and grades in all courses.
At a minimum, your student’s advisor will expect to meet
with you each semester.
Teachers give homework to strengthen the skills students
learn in class. Homework is assigned on a class‑by‑class
basis. Typically, high school students should have 30‑60 minutes of
homework per course each night. Students are expected to turn in completed
homework on time. If you do not see your student working on homework daily,
please feel free to contact your child's advisor or teacher to discuss the
situation. Unity School offers a number of resources to help students who may
be falling behind in their work.
Support for English Language Learners: English Language
Learners will participate in an initial language assessment and individual
language development plans will be implement for them. While instruction will
occur in English, support for English language learners will be provided.
Reasonable Accommodation/ Section 504 Services: If your
child has a physical or mental disability that substantially interferes with
his or her ability to learn, teachers will develop an individualized education
plan (IEP) with the student and parent or guardian to provide reasonable
accommodation to assist the student's learning. Please contact your student's
Students requiring Special Education services will receive
them through the Oakland Unified School District.
Parents Welcome on Campus
Parents and guardians are welcome on our campus. Please sign
in at the office whenever you are on campus during school hours.
We request that parents or guardians contribute ten hours of
volunteer service at Unity High each year. Needs include:
- Tutoring assistance
- Serve as chaperon on field trips
- Drive on field trips or for team sports (Requires a copy of
your current certificate of automobile insurance and of your driver's license
- Serve as an assistant coach of a school team (Requires
approval of coach and athletic director.)
- Clerical support
- School cleanup or repair
- Participate in parent training events
- Participate on school advisory groups
- Attend student performances
- Participate in other school events
- Assist with food sales (requires an up-to-date TB and
Hepatitis B test.)
Parents having direct contact with students at Unity should
have a fingerprint check on file. (See
the office for information.)
UNITY also invites parent participation through a
School-Site Council. This council gives parents a voice in the shaping of the
School environment. If you are interested in participating, please contact the
School Rules & Expectations
Guiding Principles: All members of the school community bear
equal responsibility for establishing a school culture that promotes academic
excellence within a healthy and nurturing community. The principles that should
guide all our behavior and interpersonal decisions are: Safety, Respect and Responsibility.
Grounds for Disciplinary Action: All students are subject to
disciplinary action when involved in any of the actions listed below, whether
the student is on school grounds, at a school activity, during lunch, or while
going to or coming from school or a school activity:
- Causing, attempting or threatening to cause physical injury
to another person.
- Willfully using force or violence upon
another person, except in self‑defense.
- Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault or
committing sexual battery.
- Possessing, selling or otherwise furnishing any firearm,
knife, explosive or other dangerous object.
- Unlawfully possessing, using, selling or
otherwise furnishing or being under the influence of any controlled substance,
an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant.
- Unlawfully offering, arranging or negotiating to sell any
controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind and then
either selling, delivering or otherwise furnishing that substance to another.
- Possessing or offering, arranging or negotiating to sell any
- Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private
- Stealing or attempting to steal school or private property.
- Knowingly receiving stolen school or
- Possessing or using tobacco or nicotine products, including
but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes,
smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets and betel, unless by prescription.
- Committing an obscene act or habitually engaging in
profanity or vulgarity.
- Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying
the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials
or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
- Possessing an imitation firearm (something
that would lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica was/is a
- Harassing, threatening or intimidating a student who is a
complaining witness or a witness in a student disciplinary proceeding for the
purpose of preventing the student from being a witness or retaliating against
the student for being a witness, or both.
- Committing sexual harassment.
- Causing, attempting or threatening to cause hate violence,
as defined in Education Code Section 33032.5.
- Intentionally engaging in the harassment
or intimidation of another student, when such act is perceived to disrupt the
other student's performance at school or in school activities, or creates
substantial disorder, or invades the rights of a student or a group of students
by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.
- Making terrorist threats against school
officials or school property.
(Education Code Section 48900.1)
In addition to the reasons specified in section 48900, a
pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the
superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled
determines that the pupil has committed sexual harassment. For the purposes of this section, the conduct
must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to
be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the
individual’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive educational environment.
Code Section 48900.2)
Disciplinary Action: The principal will determine the
appropriate disciplinary action after considering the severity of the
infraction, other factors such as age, health and maturation of the student,
and all optional services and alternative measures designed to bring about
proper conduct. Parents of English learners have the right to receive written
information regarding their child's suspensions in their primary/home language
(Education Code Section 48900.1)
Students may not attend any school activities while on
suspension, nor are they permitted on any school campus including Unity’s
campus during the suspension.
Discipline by Teacher: For any acts of misconduct listed
under Grounds for Disciplinary Action, a teacher may:
- Suspend a student from class for the day and the next day.
- Keep a student after school for not more than one hour at
the end of the school day.
- Refer the student to the principal.
- Require, following written notice, the student's
parent/guardian to attend a portion of the school day in the teacher's class if
the student disrupted school activities, willfully defied the valid authority
of the teacher or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their
duties, or knowingly received stolen school or private property. (Education
Code Section 48900 (1) or (k))
Closed Campus Lunch Period: Students are expected to bring
lunch with them each day. If lunch will
be available through fund-raisers or parent volunteers, parents will be
notified on the web site. Students are not permitted to go off campus for meals
or any other reason without permission.
Uniform Dress Policy: The Unity High School dress policy has
been established in consultation with parents, students and staff to promote
and maintain a positive, professional school culture. Students will follow the
uniform dress policy:
- Pants, shirts or skirts must be worn.
- Pants, shorts, Capri pants, or skirts must be khaki in
color, free of text, logo or ornamentation.
- Pants, shorts and skirts must be worn at the waist.
- Skirts must be no shorter than one inch above the knee when
- Shorts must be no longer or shorter than one inch below the
knee when standing.
- Neatness is
expected at all times, so pants must be buttoned or zipped. No other pants may be visible if worn
underneath uniform pants.
- Shoes must be worn. Belts should be worn if clothing has
- Shoes must be plain black or plain white with no colors of
any kind on the shoes.
- Tennis shoes are recommended.
- Shirts and blouses with collars must be worn.
- Shirts must be plain white or plain black, free of text,
advertising, logo or ornamentation.
- Any undershirt worn must be white.
- EXCEPTION – Official Oakland Unity High School shirts (other
than blue jerseys) may be worn at school. Blue school jerseys may only be worn
- Sweaters and sweatshirts must be plain black or plain
white. Jackets must have no red or blue
- Students are NOT permitted to wear:
- Hats, headbands, headbands, scarves, bandanas, hairnets,
head phones, earphones or head covers of any kind
- Dangling belts
- Jewelry or any decoration on shoes, back packs, binders or
book covers containing any offensive image or language or reference to drugs,
drug paraphernalia or gangs or anything deemed inappropriate by staff.
- Accessories must be limited to small items. No large chains,
stuffed animals, ”grilles” on teeth, or similar
extravagance may be worn or carried.
- The Principal will grant exemptions as required to allow
students who are confirmed adherents of an established religion to meet the
clothing requirements of their faith.
- Decisions of the Principal in any specific case will be
Electronic Devices: Students will not be permitted to use
electronic devices during the school day with the exception of portable radio,
CD player or tape player with earphones during the lunch break. Such devices
will be confiscated if used outside of the lunch period. Pagers and other electronic devices will be
confiscated. Cell phones will be
confiscated if they are seen or heard on campus before, during, and after
school hours. If the cell phone is
taken, it will not be returned until June. (No exceptions). (Board approved Dec. 7, 2005)
Unity is not responsible for an electronic device once it
has caused class disruption and been confiscated.
Lockers: Lockers are
used at student’s own risk. Unity is not
responsible for items taken or stolen from lockers.
Illness, Absences, Emergencies & Tardies: Students are expected to attend school every day. If a student's attendance rate
falls below 90%, a family conference will be scheduled and a plan to support
improved attendance will be developed. If a student is ill or cannot attend
school, a parent or guardian should call the school office to report the
absence by 9 a.m. If the school does not receive a phone call excusing the
absence, the school will call the parent or guardian.
Students must bring an absence excuse note, signed by a
parent or guardian, to the front office upon return to school. Any student
missing more than three consecutive days of school must bring a medical absence
excuse note showing contact information, signed by a health professional, to
the front office upon return to school. If a student is absent, parents and
students may check on Power School for missed assignments. The student will be dropped from Unity if
absent 15 or more consecutive days with no parental contact. If a student is late to school more than
three times, a parent or guardian will be contacted and a plan to avoid future
tardiness will be developed.
Student Health and Safety
Student health and safety is of paramount importance to the
UNITY community. To protect students the School prepares for both mundane and
disastrous situations. Please review all the information below.
Medications: If your child needs minor medical attention
during the school day, staff will provide immediate care. If your child needs
to take medication (prescribed or not) on a continuing basis for a chronic
condition, please submit to the office a written indication of the requirement
from your child's physician, along with your signature. The medication must be
in its original container.
Major Emergencies & Disasters: In the event of a major
emergency, such as an earthquake, the school staff will be responsible for your
student until you or a previously designated emergency contact person
personally picks up the student. It is important that you keep the student's
emergency card up to date. Students will only be released to those people
listed on the emergency card.
Emergency Cards: Each year when school begins, parents are
legally required to complete an emergency card. This card contains vital
information should we need to contact you in an emergency or disaster. Please
be sure to alert the principal should important information (place of work,
phone numbers, home addresses) change during the school year.
School Safety Plan: Unity School has developed a school
safety plan to ensure the safety of students and staff on campus. A complete
copy of the plan is available in the office.
Student Health Record: Your Student's Health Record at the
School must be kept up‑to‑date. State law
requires that UNITY have on file your student's latest
immunization records. By high school, students should have been immunized for
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Haemophilus influenzas
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Chicken pox
- Hepatitis B
Student’s without complete
immunization records will not be admitted.
Child Custody Court Orders/Restraining Orders
School staff will comply with child custody and restraining
orders whenever those orders do not conflict with Federal or State Education
Code requirements or other statutory duties imposed on the school. Parents who
want school staff to comply with child custody or restraining orders must
submit complete copies of the orders to the principal.
Dissection of Animals
A student who has a moral objection to dissecting or
otherwise harming or destroying animals has a right to refrain from
participating instruction that involves such actions. The parent or guardian
needs to provide a note to the principal indicating the objection. The teacher
may work with the student to develop and agree on an alternative project. The
student shall not be discriminated against based upon this decision.
The state requires that instruction on the effects of the
use of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, dangerous drugs and other dangerous
substances be given.
& STUDY Trips
As part of the Unity curriculum, teachers may schedule study
trips to add to classroom instruction. As our school will use a number of local
resources to support our academic program, some regular school activities will
take place outside of school grounds under adult supervision. Parents will be
asked to sign a general permission slip for community‑based
In the case of special study trips that require travel
and/or scheduling changes, only students who have a signed permission slip will
be eligible to participate. If you drive on a study trip, you will need to
provide a copy of your current automobile insurance coverage and your driver's
Students are expected to attend all study trips unless
illness or lack of parental permission prevents them from attending. A parent or guardian may be required to
accompany a student who has had disciplinary issues.
Unity School teaches sex education, including AIDS prevention,
as part of our standard curriculum beginning in the 9th grade. When we offer
these classes, parents are notified in writing and are provided the opportunity
to inspect and review the instructional materials, and to request in writing
that their children not attend the class. You may withdraw such requests at any
Obtaining School Records
According to federal and state law, parents and others
authorized by law have the right to inspect and review any and all official
records, files and data concerning the student (the “pupil record”), and to
deny access to those records to anyone not so authorized. Pupil record means
any information directly related to an identifiable pupil, other than directory
information, compiled and maintained by a school employee.
- Oakland Unity High School will make any and all school
records, files and data related to a minor child available for inspection by
the parent or other legally authorized individual no later than five school
days following the date of request.
- The custodial parent may request that any information in the
files alleged by the parent to be inaccurate, an unsubstantiated personal
conclusion, or inference, a conclusion or inference outside of the observer's
area of competence or not based on the personal observation of a named person
with the time and place of the observation noted, be removed or corrected.
- Parents may obtain up to two copies of their child's
academic transcripts at no cost. Copies are available at $.25 per page.
- Parents who have physical custody of their child may consent
in writing to the release of their child's records to any person or
institution. Unity will notify the recipient that transmission of such
information to others without parental consent is prohibited.
If you or your student has a concern that cannot be resolved
with the teacher involved, please, contact the Principal. The Principal will
conduct an informal review of the situation and try to resolve the concern.
If the concern still is not resolved, parents may register a
formal complaint, in writing to the Board of Unity Schools. The written
complaint should include the following details:
- The facts, circumstances, and violations
that led to this formal complaint, including times, dates, events, and
locations relevant to this dispute.
- The policy, procedure, practice or law, or any combination
of them, that is, or are, alleged to have been violated and, which is, or are,
the basis of the complaint.
- The names of all individuals involved in this dispute.
- The actions that were already taken to resolve this dispute
including discussion of what was or was not resolved up to the time of the
- The specific recommendations and remedies
that the complainant is seeking.
- Justification for the remedies.
Computer and Internet Usage Policies
The following policies apply to all students, parents,
faculty, and other staff who use the computer resources of the school and
- Passwords are private and must not be shared with others.
Students may not allow anyone else to use their accounts since they are
responsible for what happens in their own accounts.
- Student accounts are subject to monitoring at any time and
should not be considered private. This means that we may remotely observe what
web sites a student is accessing, the documents in student folders and what a
student types onto a screen.
- Students may not install any software on any school
computer. Students may not copy or download executable files to the local hard
drive without authorization from school personnel. Software may only be
installed by authorized school personnel.
- Students may not save personal files on the local hard disk
unless directed to do so by the authorized instructor. Student materials may be
saved to a data disk, or to a personal My Documents folder or to a class My
- A student may not use the Internet without a signed
permission from a parent.
- A student may not shut down, restart or turn off any
computer or printer unless directed to do so by school personnel.
- Any computer-based activities deemed by the school to be
non-educational may be disallowed. Downloading, installing or playing
unauthorized games of any kind is strictly forbidden. Students may only use the
Internet to visit sites that are relevant to authorized educational purposes.
Students do not have a school assigned email account, nor are they allowed to
access home or web based email from school computers.
- A student may not attempt to change any computer settings or
properties unless authorized to do so by the authorized instructor. This
includes, but is not limited to, any changer to screensavers, wallpaper,
resolution and colors or file and folder permissions.
- Printers are to be used for single copies. Multiple copies
should be made on a copy machine.
- No person may at anytime visit, or attempt to visit, any
site associated with pornographic materials. No person may visit a chat room
(except with permission for specific projects), game site or music site, except
as specifically authorized by school personnel.