Safety Message from Vice Principal Oz
Tue, Sep 18 2:14pm
Oakland School for the Arts

As we enter the 5th week of the school year, we wanted to quickly reach out to all families in regards to student safety in the area surrounding our campus.  The safety of our students is always our top priority and it is critical that all families communicate strategies at home with your students. Please look through the topics below to guide this communication.


  • We have had two recent incidents where student safety was compromised.  One at the Uptown Park during lunch time where a person approached one of our students and shook her and another at the corner of Telegraph and 18th St. after school where a passerby lunged his shoulder into one of our students.  Fortunately, neither situation resulted in injury. In response to these concerns we have added another security guard to monitor the perimeter of the park during lunch while campus supervisor, James Harrison monitors the interior of the park where the students are eating.
  • Our range of supervision is limited to the interior of our buildings with the exception of Uptown Park during lunch and off-campus during P.E. and field trips.  Students need to be aware of their surroundings and mindful of their valuables. We have neighborhood ambassadors that help keep an extra eye on the area and are a great resource for families that have off-campus safety concerns.
  • The drop-off and pick-up of students has been a bit chaotic.  We encourage families to use the 1800 San Pablo Lot as a safe place for drop-off and pick-up. Please pull into a parking space before your student enters or exits your car. We ask that drivers keep speeds down and look out for crossing students on 18th and 19th streets.
  • Many students are renting the scooters that can be found on the sidewalks during lunch.  Aside from the obvious dangers associated with riding a scooter in areas of concentrated traffic, students are typically not wearing helmets.  We are concerned that usage of these scooters will lead to injuries for our students.
  • We encourage families to utilize the Oakland Police Department non-emergency line to report any situations that do not demand immediate attention.  From our experience, OPD will increase their presence in the area if there are a significant number of reports in an area close to campus. This number is (510) 777-3333.

We appreciate your support in helping with this communication and encourage you to share with us any concerns you have in regards to student safety.

Thank you,

Mike Oz