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Information for parents and guardians from Eugene School District 4J 

Un mensaje para los padres y tutores del Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J

Back to School Update

Students return to in-person learning in hybrid model soon • Upper grades may start soon after spring break if vaccines keep coming

Dear 4J families,

4J schools are getting ready to welcome students safely back to school this spring. Once the hybrid learning model begins for their grade, students will learn on-site at school some days and online at home on other days. (Students enrolled in an online-only learning pathway will continue learning from home.)

Hybrid learning will start with the youngest grades and add grades over time, after:
• School staff for the grade level have had opportunity to get both doses of vaccine
• Plus two weeks to develop immunity and prepare for transition to hybrid model
• Public health conditions meet Oregon advisory metrics for reopening schools

Hybrid Timeline Update 

With more vaccines being distributed to Lane County, more 4J educators have been able to receive their first vaccine dose more quickly than predicted.

Middle and high schools may be able to begin the hybrid model earlier than originally estimated, if local COVID case rates keep improving and vaccines arrive on schedule to provide educators' second dose.

Updated potential timeline (dependent on vaccines and COVID case rates): 
March 8: Elementary classrooms shift 
March 15: Grades K–1 begin hybrid learning
• March 20–28: Spring break 
• March 29: Trimester 3 for middle and high school
April 5: Grades 2–5 begin hybrid learning 
April 12: Grades 6–12 begin hybrid learning

What To Expect Next? 

Families will be notified at least 2 weeks before hybrid learning starts for their grade.

Elementary School

Elementary schools must assign students to separate classrooms for the hybrid and online options, adjusting for students who changed their choice this month. These classroom changes will be made shortly before hybrid learning begins—the week of March 8 if the hybrid model is beginning for grades K–1 on March 15 as planned.

Elementary schools also must assign students to hybrid groups. Families enrolled in the hybrid pathway will be notified around the end of February whether their students will come to school on-site on Mondays and Tuesdays or on Thursdays and Fridays. Elementary schools will make every effort to assign students from the same household to the same on-site school days.

Middle & High School

Teams of middle and high school teachers will continue working with school and district administrators to line out details in preparation for hybrid learning to begin. 

Middle and high school families will be invited soon to change their learning pathway for Trimester 3 if they wish. Students have the choice of three learning pathways: Same School Hybrid, Same School Online, or Eugene Online Academy.

Thank You  

We look forward to being able to reopen 4J school buildings and welcome students safely back into classrooms soon.

Hybrid Tentative Timeline
Elementary Hybrid Schedule
Returning to In-Person Learning

High School Sports Warming Up 

Football, soccer, volleyball and cross country season starts Feb. 22 

Student athletes are gearing up for school sports. High school teams have been engaging in no-contact training and conditioning activities. Now football, soccer, volleyball and cross country have gotten the green light to start their seasons.

In this year's abbreviated OSAA athletics calendar, traditional fall sports start Feb. 22, spring sports are tentatively scheduled to start in April and winter sports in May.

The Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts have collaboratively agreed to opt in to permit high school football, starting practices next week and games the first week in March. The lower-contact outdoor sports, soccer and cross country, already were already permitted. Volleyball teams also are expected to be able to play if local COVID rates continue to improve.

Rigorous health and safety protocols are required. No spectators are allowed. 

Full-contact sports were prohibited until recently, when Governor Kate Brown announced last week that schools would be allowed to opt in to outdoor contact sports with extra health and safety protocols in place. 

This additional step toward returning to familiar routines and activities is a positive one for our student athletes, as coaches, teammates and physical activity play an important role in students' overall health and well-being. 

The success of all on-site athletic and academic opportunities depends on everyone doing their part to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. This includes wearing face masks correctly, keeping physical distance as much as possible, and following other recommended public health practices—both on the field and off.

High School Sports Update

Apply for 4J Jobs

Teachers & Licensed Specialists: Bilingual Fifth Grade (Chinese) • Social Worker • Speech and Language Specialists

Administrators & Professional Staff: Director of Transportation Financial Management Analyst

Classified Staff: ElectriciansFood Service Assistants I HVAC Refrigeration Technician Nutrition Services Regional ManagersSchool Secretary Department Assistant Warehouse Operations Assistant Educational Assistants: Edgewood, Holt Special Education Assistants: Charlemagne, Edgewood, McCornack, Willagillespie, Student Services Department Summer School Administrators High School Summer School Administrator

Coaches: Tennis

Substitutes: Athletic TrainersBus AidesBus Drivers • Custodians Educational AssistantsFood ServiceNon-Instructional SupportSpeech and Language Specialists • TeachersTechnology Support Specialists

4J Job Openings

Coming Up in 4J

2/18 Coffee Chat: North Eugene region
2/24 Cafecito de apoyo: S. Eugene
2/25 Coffee Chat: South Eugene region
2/27 COVID-19 Testing Day
3/3 School Board Meeting
3/3 Cafecito de apoyo: Sheldon
3/4 Coffee Chat: Sheldon region
3/10 Cafecito de apoyo: Churchill
3/11 Coffee Chat: Churchill region
3/11 Equity Committee Meeting
3/13 COVID-19 Testing Day
3/17 School Board Meeting
3/17 Cafecito de apoyo: N. Eugene
3/18 Coffee Chat: N. Eugene region
3/19 No School: Middle & High Only
3/22–3/26 No School: Spring Break
3/27 COVID-19 Testing Day

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