The School Office: (415) 469-4726:

  • Can store special medication for your child.  Please inquire for details.

  • Files an Emergency Card for each student. KEEP THIS INFORMATION UP-TO-DATE.

  • Administers general first-aid for boo-boos (typically ice packs and bandages).  We do not have a school nurse.

  • Will notify you if your child has an injury or falls ill while at school.

  • Prepares and distributes weekly Blue Parents Folders.

  • Gratefully accepts and stores new and gently worn uniforms.

  • Provides Spanish and Chinese translators upon request.


Benjamin Klaus



My name is Benjamin Klaus and I have been an educator in SFUSD for the last 14 years. I am originally from Fresno, CA. I studied Socio-Cultural Anthropology at UC Irvine with an emphasis in West African Cultures and Ethnomusicology. My studies led me to live in Ghana, West Africa for two years, immersing myself in their rich cultural traditions. My love of travel has taken me on journeys through 16 countries, over 5 continents. I received my Master's of Education in Teaching from UC Santa Cruz and my Master's of Education in Administration from UC Berkeley.

When I am not at school, you can find me spending time with my family and friends, taking hikes, listening to music, cooking, or exploring new places. My focus in leadership lies in three realms: Validation-we must acknowledge the legitimacy of all our students' home cultures. Empowerment-we must develop students to become active participants of their education. Transformation-we must build on the existing strengths each student brings with them to create a self-empowered citizen. I really enjoy being a member of the Jose Ortega community and working along side such amazing and thoughtful students, teachers and families.