4J Board Member Receives State's Top Award

Alicia Hays named 2020 Oregon School Board Member of the Year

4J board member Alicia Hays has been named the 2020 Oregon School Board Member of the Year by the Oregon School Boards Association.

Alicia Hays has provided steadfast leadership on the Eugene School Board since 2007. She is the district’s longest-serving current board member, and has served as chair three times. She was re-elected to her fourth term on the school board in 2019.

In that time she has been instrumental in aligning board work with the district’s strategic objectives and long-range planning, and has successfully campaigned to support school funding with the passage of three construction bonds totaling $559.3M and three local option levy renewals.

Ms. Hays has helped guide the policy direction of the district with a consistent focus on equity, the needs of underserved students, and success for all students. She has consistently, passionately and effectively advocated for equity and access for all.

The Oregon School Board Member of the Year award recognizes outstanding volunteers who make a difference in their communities. One honoree is selected each year among 1,000+ school board members in Oregon’s 197 districts. Nominees are considered for advocacy efforts, leadership and support for student achievement.

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Return to Learning Update 

Getting students back to school in-person, safely, is a high priority for Oregon and for Eugene School District 4J. Governor Kate Brown last week released updated health metrics and guidance, developed in conjunction with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE), that must be met for schools to return to teaching and learning on-site. 

Most schools in our region have been unable to bring students back to school buildings, except for some limited in-person individual supports, given our local COVID-19 public health conditions. Lane County still does not meet the minimum requirements to return to school buildings, either for the elementary grades or for all students. Our coronavirus case rates are too high. 

Eugene School District 4J is continuing to plan for returning to school buildings in a hybrid model after winter break, starting as early as the beginning of January, if public health conditions allow. Over the coming weeks, the district will be considering these new metrics and our district’s timeline and rollout of a hybrid model. 

Our priorities remain the health and safety of our students, staff and families, and our students’ academic growth and social emotional wellbeing.

We can all help in the effort to get kids back to school by following basic public health practices—including foregoing social gatherings, staying 6 feet apart, wearing masks in public, 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. 

New Metrics Overview
Return to Learning FAQs

Supports For Our 4J Families and Community

Meal Milestone: 4J Serves 750,000 Free Meals

More than 3/4-million free meals served to kids since schools closed


750,000 meals servedEugene School District 4J has served more than 750,000 free school meals since school buildings closed in March due to the pandemic. The 4J food service team hit the three-quarter-million meal mark Oct. 15. The district is serving about 5,000 meals a day.

4J is offering free meals 7 days a week for all youth 18 and younger. Grab-and-go meals are available from 10 sites across the district each school day from 10:45 a.m.–2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided together, and extra meals for the weekend are available Fridays.

School Meals On Wheels: 4J Delivers!

Need help getting free school meals? Request home delivery

School meal delivery4J families also have a new way to get healthy and balanced school meals: Home delivery. 4J bus drivers hit the road, starting in October, to bring home delivery of free school meals to hundreds of children who don't live near a pickup site or need assistance accessing meals while they are learning online. 

Daily meal delivery is available to families within the district boundary with any children age 18 and under. Children do not have to be 4J students to receive meals, but capacity for delivery is limited and priority will be given to students attending 4J schools, students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, households in rural areas, and students not living near a meal distribution site.

If you know a family who needs help getting school meals, they can submit the online request form, or call 541-790-7654 if they don't have internet access.

Free Grab-and-Go Meals
750,000 Meal Milestone
School Meal Delivery

Parent Technology Training Sessions

Webinars: Get help navigating online learning platforms 

Do you know a parent who is struggling with the technology their student is using for distance learning? Please invite them to join 4J educators for a live webinar to learn how to navigate the parent view of their student's learning platform—Canvas for middle and high school; Seesaw and the Clever sign-on system for accessing learning apps for elementary school.

Spanish & ASL interpretation provided.

Elementary: Thu., Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m. 
Middle: Thu., Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. 
High School: Mon., Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. 

Tech Training Sessions
Tech Support for Families

School Site Childcare

District provides space, partners with local care providers

Families seeking childcare for school-age children have some additional options as the district is providing space and partnering with local providers to offer childcare for 4J students. These childcare programs are fee-based but must offer some scholarship opportunities. 

For program details, starting dates, space availability, daily rates, to ask about financial assistance or enroll in childcare, please contact the childcare provider. 

School Site Childcare

Apply for 4J Jobs

Teacher: Special Education 

Licensed Specialists: Intervention SpecialistSuicide Prevention and Safety Assessment SpecialistSchool PsychologistsSchool Psychologist Intern 

Classified Staff: ElectriciansElementary School Secretary 

Managers: Mechanical Division Supervisor 

Substitutes: TeachersEducational AssistantsCustodians Bus DriversFood ServiceTechnology Support SpecialistsSpeech and Language SpecialistsDeaf & Hard of Hearing Interpreters

4J Job Openings

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Free Library Cards for All 4J Students

New partnership expands free library access outside city limits

A library card is the most powerful school supply a student can have! A Eugene Public Library card offers students opportunities to enhance reading skills, research school projects, build study skills, work with live online tutors, and so much more. It also offers nearly limitless print and online opportunities to read for pleasure and enjoy movies, music, magazines, online resources and more.

Now all students in 4J schools can get a Eugene Public Library card for free, thanks to a pilot partnership between the district, the library and the library foundation. (This partnership program is available to students enrolled in 4J schools. It is not provided for private, charter or home school students.)

Free Student Library Cards

Free Internet to Help Students Connect

4J program offers high-speed internet for entire school year

4J is committed to ensuring all students are able to access online learning. The district is partnering with Comcast to provide qualifying students free internet for the entire school year to support online learning. Comcast offers two free months for families who qualify, and 4J will pay for the rest of the school year. Families may be eligible if they qualify for free school meals or other public assistance programs.

The district also is providing internet hotspots to families to help students connect with distance learning.

Free Internet for Students

Corralling COVID-19

Follow guidance so students can learn on-site this winter

Our students are counting on all of us to help get them back to in-person learning. The COVID-19 case count in Lane County has been increasing at a concerning rate, raising the county's COVID-19 alert level to HIGH. Please follow the common-sense health and safety practices: postpone social gatherings and, when you leave the house, wear a face covering and keep 6 feet between yourself and others.

Coming Up in 4J

11/4 School Board Meeting
11/11 Veterans Day
11/12 Equity Committee Meeting 
11/18 School Board Meeting
11/26 Thanksgiving
12/2 School Board Meeting
12/10 Equity Committee Meeting
12/16 School Board Meeting
12/21–1/4 Winter Break

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