April 1, 2020
Dear Oakland Community,
Due to shelter-in-place, the High School Linked Learning Office will be closed through at least the end of the school year. All work permits for Oakland students will be processed centrally through an online application process.
Please follow the information below and contact us if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will OUSD continue to process new work permit requests during the period of school closures?
Yes. OUSD will process work permits during the period of school closures. However, the work permit application process will take place electronically via Google Forms rather than via hard copies or PDFs.
After receiving an offer of employment:
- Student completes the Google Form located here: https://forms.gle/1tuRV8qFJhL9G7Tz5
- Parent/guardian completes the Google Form located here: https://forms.gle/jW1KPQtffQ9TiZAF6
- Student obtains their employer’s email address and emails the employer the Google Form located here: https://forms.gle/R5xdC4nkKczDPvBT8
- For students who attend non-OUSD schools, student obtains their principal’s email address and emails the principal the Google Form located here: https://forms.gle/VbnCAQPK4hvMARP66
- The Linked Learning Office reviews the completed forms and, if appropriate, issues a work permit. It emails the completed work permit to the student’s OUSD email address.
- The student keeps an electronic copy of the work permit, and forwards a copy to the employer’s email address, so that the employer can also keep an electronic copy of the work permit.
Note: If and when the student and employer have access to a printer, they should print and sign the work permit.
Are there specific criteria that students must meet in order to obtain a work permit?
Yes. Only students age 12 and older may receive work permits. In addition, only students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher and attendance of 90% or higher may receive work permits. For students who attend non-OUSD schools, the principal must complete a Google Form verifying that these criteria are met, as explained above, and located here: https://forms.gle/VbnCAQPK4hvMARP66. For students who attend OUSD schools, the Linked Learning Office will verify grades and attendance. If a student does not meet the eligibility criteria, the Linked Learning Office will connect with the principal of the student’s school of attendance to consider developing an intervention plan.
Are there limits on the number of hours that students may work while schools are closed?
Yes. Although schools are not physically open, school is still in session. This means that the ordinary limits on the number of hours that students may work are still in effect. Unless certain exceptions apply, these limits are:
- 12-13 years old: May only work on weekends and school holidays. May not work on school days.
- 14-15 years old: On weekends and school holidays, may work 8 hours per day. On school days, may only work 3 hours per day.
- 16-17 years old: On weekends, school holidays, and days preceding weekends and school holidays, may work 8 hours per day. On other school days, may only work 4 hours per day.
Are there limits on the types of work that students may do, in light of shelter-in-place orders?
Yes. Everyone in Alameda County must comply with the shelter-in-place orders issued by Alameda County Public Health Department and Governor Newsom. Per these orders, individuals may only leave their homes in order to carry out “essential” functions (e.g., healthcare, food distribution, law enforcement, etc.).
Alameda County’s list of “essential functions” is available at http://www.acphd.org/media/559658/health-officer-order-shelter-in-place-20200316.pdf, and California’s list of essential functions is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf.
As explained above, OUSD is requiring employers to complete an Attestation of Compliance with Shelter-in-Place Orders form, which states that, if the employer is requiring students to leave their homes in order to complete their work duties, it is because the employer is carrying out essential functions.
Do these limits apply to students with existing work permits?
Yes. Regardless of whether a work permit is new or has already been issued, OUSD students cannot leave home to work unless their employer falls within an essential industry sector. Non-essential employers should not continue to require students to be physically present in their facilities, and essential employers should ensure proper social distancing and hygiene within their facilities. We encourage families to contact employers to confirm that they are essential, and to ask about social distancing and hygiene procedures.
As an OUSD student, you have the opportunity to work during high school. You can earn money and gain valuable experience that will help you after graduation, too. Here is how you obtain a work permit.
Download a Work Permit FAQ here!