Starting the Hybrid Learning Model
Eugene School District 4J is continuing to plan for students returning to school buildings in a hybrid model. In the hybrid learning model, groups of students will attend school on-site and online in alternating weeks.
Following Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority rules, this will be carefully phased in over time by grade level, starting with the youngest students, followed by older elementary grades, then middle and high schools.
4J students will continue learning at a distance at least through January.
The district will begin phasing in hybrid on-site learning starting February 1, the second semester for elementary schools, if public health conditions allow. Middle and high school students will return to school buildings in a hybrid model in the third trimester, starting March 29, if public health conditions allow.
Enabling Hybrid and Online Options
When hybrid learning begins, students enrolled in the Same School Hybrid learning pathway will begin learning on-site and online in alternating weeks. Students enrolled in the Same School Online pathway will continue learning at home.
Elementary students in the all-online option and those who will attend school in-person half the time will need to be grouped into separate classrooms, to make this possible. Some students will have a different teacher or class grouping. This change may be challenging, but it is necessary to support the choice each family has made of the learning option that is right for them.
Students continuing online learning will be placed in classrooms with other students from their school. Some online classrooms will have blended grades and in some cases will have students from neighboring schools.
Elementary classes will be reconfigured starting February 1, the start of the new semester. This elementary class reconfiguration will happen on February 1, even if the return to on-site learning is delayed due to public health conditions. Please watch for more information from your school in January.
Providing Targeted In-Person Student Supports
Oregon’s public health restrictions allow for schools engaged in distance learning to provide some limited, targeted in-person supports for students on-site. 4J has been providing on-site supports to a small number of students throughout the fall, and plans to increase to provide limited in-person instruction and supports to more students in the new year.
The district will expand limited in-person instruction to more selected students to meet specific learning and support needs starting in mid-January. A limited number of students will be selected based on multiple measures, including access, academic, and social emotional needs. No student is required to attend on-site.
Families whose students qualify to be offered targeted in-person supports will be contacted directly about their options.
Recap of Potential Dates
Limited in-person instruction: Supports for selected students may start Jan. 19
Hybrid grades K–2: Hybrid model may start Feb. 1, beginning of Semester 2
Hybrid grades 3–5: Hybrid model phased in after younger grades
Hybrid grades 6–12: Hybrid model may start Mar. 29, beginning of Trimester 3
These dates are potential and may change due to public health conditions.
Thank you for your continued engagement and support during this unprecedented school year.
We can all help in the effort to get kids back to school by following basic public health practices—including avoiding non-essential social contacts, staying at least 6 feet apart, wearing masks outside the home, washing hands frequently, staying home if we’re not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19, and cooperating with contact tracing if contacted by public health officials. Thank you all for doing your part to reduce the spread.
Online or on-site, Eugene School District 4J will continue to provide the best education and care we can for all of our students. Our priorities remain the health and safety of our students, staff and families, and our students’ academic growth and social emotional wellbeing.
We wish all of our 4J families a warm and wonderful winter break starting next weekend.
Eugene School District 4J