Fri, Mar 13 6:46pm

Dear RHS Families,

From the bottom of my heart, I am sending you the strength and love to take care of yourselves and our children during this time. Neither myself nor most of us in this community have ever experienced the direct impact of a pandemic. I know this is serious and many are feeling understandably anxious. Simultaneously, I want us to try to find some calm as we move through this as a community. Let's breathe and continue to take all recommended precautionary actions to do our best to come out of this whole and healthy.

Thank you to all of the parents that have reached out to support our efforts. A HUGE shout out to our PTA Leaders, Stacey and Amy!

What you need to know:

  • Please be mindful of the teachers' time during the school closure and limit emails to them. They will be focusing on instructional plans and school projects.
  • The RHS building will go through a deep cleaning during the closure. As a result, please do not come to the building unless it is during the designated times to pick up student work. Ms. Kim will be working diligently cleaning and disinfecting our school.
  • Teachers will be sending instructional plans through KONSTELLA.
  • Teachers are not required to teach virtually.
  • Teachers decided they will email instructional plans to parents on Monday MARCH 16 and Monday, MARCH 23 by 3 pm. If parents have questions, teachers will respond to emails by the end of the day, Tuesday.
  • Teachers want parents of children that were absent today, FRI, MARCH 13, 2020 to pick up their student's schoolwork on MON, MARCH 16, 2020 between 8:10 am - 10:00 am
  • Unfortunately, we will not be lending Chromebooks. Our fragile fleet of Chromebooks needs to be available for SBAC testing when we return and will also need to be here during the closure to undergo sanitization.
  • If your family chooses, your child can continue to access all online programs at home. This page on our website has directions.
  • Teachers decided to distribute report cards to students the first day we return to school.

Below is the latest email from OUSD if you did not receive it earlier.

Please reach out beginning on Monday, 3/16/2020 to me or Ms. K if you have any questions or concerns.

I am available by phone and email during the two-week closure @ or 510-531-6644 between 9 am -3:10 pm.


Be well and stay healthy,

Ms. Bagby 

From Our Garden Educator, Sara Brown

.I just wanted to offer up a chance for students who need fresh fruits and vegetables because of the school closure, to reach out to me to get some fruits veggies from the garden. We have Chard, Collards, Fava Beans, Oranges, Lemons, Onions and Leeks that are ripe right now and lots of herbs. I don't know if anyone needs them but I just wanted to make sure I offered it up. They can reach out to me via email ( phone (925-353-0508)....


Ms. Akemon RHS LIbrary Clerk & Guardian of the Books

From Our Ms. Akemon, Our RHS Library Clerk and Guardian of those Books:).

Did you know the Redwood Heights Library has a HOME PAGE?  It's true, we do!  It has everything you need to learn at home!  
There is a link to your Clever Portal, a link to all of OUSD's online resources, I even added fun sites to extend learning about the books we read together in our library!  There is a link to our author's who visited: Gene Luen Yang's homepage as well as a link to Judd Winick's Hilo homepage.  
If you are keeping up with your reading and want to share your book reviews, there is even a link to print a book review worksheet at home!  Don't forget to turn it in when school reopens so you can get your Laffy Taffy!
You can search our library's card catalog too!  Plan what you will read when you return to our beautiful book collection.  Or look through our wishlist and donate a new book to our collection.  
The link is worth your time!  Add it to your favorites today!
Thanks for reading with your child during this special time we have together, and be safe out there!
See you in the library!
Ms. Akemon
RHS LIbrary Clerk &
Guardian of the Books📚


From our parent, Natalie Slattery. THANK YOU!

I wanted to let you know that in the event of school closures, one of my companies is offering free digital access to their libraries. Here is the information:


You can access books three different ways. 

  1. Here is the Free access to a curated list of CI titles related to viruses, germs and keeping healthy


  1. Capstone is offering free PebbleGo (K-2) and a large collection of 3000+ titles. Affected schools fill out online form.  Capstone's Customer Service will be notified of a completed form and will quickly try to verify that the school is closed. Upon verification, the contact will be emailed a username and password (the same for all successful applicants.) Expiration: Access for all accounts ends June 30, 2020


  1. Even without a closure, Capstone Libraries can be accessed for free though April 15 at


All Books

Username:   tryclassroomci

Password:   earth



This is a Family Resource List to support your kids and families during school closure. Inside are details about schools with free OUSD breakfast/lunch during the closure,  free internet access, COVID info, mental health resources etc. 

Family Resources to Support During School Closure


Hello OUSD families and staff. Below are resources to support you and your family while schools are closed. We will continuously be updating this document so check back regularly for new info. 


General Information about Community Services


Call 211 (Phone lines answered 24/7) or use their website to find services


Food Resources


In OUSD Schools:

During the closure, our Nutrition Services Department will open twelve schools throughout the city where “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meals will be available for our students. The sites listed below will be open at the following times and children will be able to pick up multiple days worth of food to take home.

  • Monday: 8:00-12:00 (3 breakfasts/3 lunches per student)
  • Thursday: 8:00-12:00 (2 breakfasts/2 lunches per student)
  • Food is available to any child under 18.
  • Please bring a grocery bag or cooler to bring food home for the week.
  • Northwest/West Oakland: Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School and Hoover Elementary
  • Central Oakland: Oakland High School and Garfield Elementary
  • East Oakland: Bret Harte Middle School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School and Elmhurst United Middle School



Mental Health Resources


-Crisis Text Line Text the word HOME to 741-741 for support (national resource: Crisis Text Line Video)

Text this number if you are in emotional crisis and needing support. If you feel unsafe, please call 911. 


-Parent Support and Resource Hotline: family Paths 1-800-829-3777

Our 24-Hour Parent Support & Resource Hotline provides free and confidential counseling, information and referrals to anyone in need of parenting support. You have access to caring hotline counselors for anonymous calls at any time, or schedule regular call backs to support you with your parenting or family concerns. We also can refer you to Family Paths’ services and 900+ Alameda County resources.


-ACCESS Line:  ACCESS Line for families with Medi-cal insurance. Call this hotline to get connected to counseling or other mental health services.


-EAP/Staff Mental Health Resources for OUSD Staff:  Teacher and Staff Wellness Resource  Teachers and staff can use this resource to connect to counseling and other wellness resources.


-Bay Area Resource Link Hub: Bay Area Resource Links Connect to services and support by category.


Internet Resources

Comcast is offering free/reduced price internet for those of low-income who are forced to work or study remotely due to COVID-19.  Information here

COVID-19/Coronavirus  Information


OUSD COVID Information:


Center for Disease Control:


Activities for Families: What to do During Social Distancing:


Giant List of Indoor Activities for Kids: