Input on interim superintendent profile • Expanded supports for students and families during school closure • Community opportunities extended
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Input Invited on Interim Superintendent

Give input online on desired characteristics for one-year position

Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas will depart in June after 5 years leading the district. This spring the school board will appoint an administrator to serve as interim superintendent during the 2020–21 school year, while a search process is undertaken to select the district's next superintendent.

Staff, students, parents and community members are invited to provide input on desired characteristics and qualifications for the interim leader. The online form for input has been extended to Monday, April 6 at 12 p.m. The school board will meet next on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. to approve the selection process and candidate profile—a list of desired strengths and qualities to seek in an interim superintendent.

Interim Superintendent Profile Input
April 7 School Board Meeting

Distance Learning & Family Resources Expand

4J is gearing up for distance learning, distributing student tech, adding free meal sites, and offering childcare for essential workers

School buildings are closed for students, but Eugene School District 4J remains committed to supporting our students and families during this challenging time.

Shifting to Distance Learning for All 

Oregon’s long-awaited state guidance for continuing instruction while school buildings are closed was released Monday evening. Foreseeing a potential that our students may not return to classrooms this year, the Oregon Department of Education pivoted from advising public schools to provide short-term supplemental learning to a “Distance Learning for All” model, in which schools will provide more substantive, graded, credit-bearing distance education for all students.

This new model, though presenting many challenges, positions our teachers to do what they do so well: connect with every student and help them learn new knowledge and skills. It also provides high school students the opportunity to earn credits and keep progressing toward graduation.

Starting Monday, 4J teachers will connect with students for supplemental education and learning supports, reviewing and enriching previous content, as we plan and prepare to provide the very best substantive distance learning to our students that we can. Middle and high school students will start new spring term courses from a distance the following week.

Distance Learning for All

Connecting Students with Technology

As Eugene School District 4J and all Oregon schools shift to distance learning, we want to ensure that all our students can have regular access to learning opportunities and can remain connected to their teachers and schools, with a combination of online learning and offline resources.

The district began distributing student technology today, lending nearly 800 laptops to high school students who had responded that they needed a device by the requested response date. Late-responding students will have devices assigned in a second round. Next week tablets will be distributed to more than 2,000 middle and elementary school students who don't have a device they can use at home. Some families also have requested assistance with internet access at home. Families who need a device and have not already requested one through the Student Home Technology Survey may do so now, to be received at a later point.

Internet Access for Online Learning

More Meal Sites Offer Greater Access

Eugene School District 4J has more than doubled the locations where families can pick up free meals for kids during the extended school closure. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school. Students do not need to be present to receive a meal.

The free grab-and-go meals are available at numerous locations every weekday for all students and youth 18 and younger. There is no income limit or need to qualify. Just drop in and pick up a free breakfast and lunch to go.

Free Meal Pickup Locations

Free Childcare Expands to Include Essential Workers

Lane County organizations are collaborating to provide free full-day childcare services to emergency and essential workers during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with Gov. Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-08.

Eugene School District 4J, other local school districts, Eugene Family YMCA and the City of Eugene are partnering to provide childcare for children (infants through age 12) of first responders, medical professionals and other essential workers, at nine school sites across Lane County. Registration is online. (How to register)

Childcare for Essential Workers

Community Opportunities Extended

Deadlines extended for transfer applications, award nominations 

The district has extended deadlines for community opportunities to ensure that those who want to participate don’t miss out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ACE Awards Nominations (closes Thursday, April 30 at midnight)
Nominating a valued educator or volunteer for the ACE Awards is a wonderful way to honor their talent and dedication, including right now as our 4J community is working hard under challenging circumstances to keep our community served and students learning away from the classroom. Nominations for 4J teachers and licensed specialists, administrators and supervisors, classified staff, and volunteers will be accepted for another month through Thursday, April 30. Whether or not the circumstances allow for an in-person ACE awards ceremony, all ACE Award nominees and champions will be acknowledged and celebrated.
ACE Awards Nominations

Interdistrict Transfer Application (closes Thursday, April 30 at midnight)
School transfer processes for next school year are continuing, and the interdistrict transfer application period has been extended by one month. Thursday, April 30 is the new deadline for out-of-district families to request to enroll in a 4J school for the 2020–21 school year. The lottery will be conducted in early May.

Post-Lottery Transfer Requests (opens May 6)
Due to the change in the interdistrict transfer deadline, the application for post-lottery transfer requests also will open a few days later, on Wednesday, May 6. Starting May 6, all families, both in-district and out-of-district, may submit transfer requests, and will be placed on school waiting lists by priority and in the order they are received.

Interdistrict Transfers

Apply for 4J Jobs

Teachers & Licensed Specialists: Integrated Outdoor Program TeacherSummer School TeacherSchool Psychologist School Psychology Intern Pools: Special EducationDual Language • Elementary SchoolMiddle & High School 

Classified Staff: Summer School Educational Assistant Summer School Office Support (Bilingual) Bus Drivers & Aides

Administrators: North Eugene High School Principal • Pools: Elementary Principal, Middle School Principal & Assist. Principal, High School Principal & Assist. Principal

Athletic Coaches: Middle School Track

Substitute Positions: TeachersBus DriversFood ServiceSpeech & Language SpecialistsEducational AssistantsCustodiansTechnology Support Specialist

4J Job Openings

Coming Up in 4J

3/1–4/30 ACE Award Nominations
3/1–4/30 Interdistrict Transfer Apps
4/7 School Board Meeting (virtual)
4/22 School Board Meeting (virtual)
4/27 Budget Committee Meeting
5/6 Post-Lottery Transfer Applications

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