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.