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Information for parents and guardians from Eugene School District 4J
Un mensaje para los padres y guardianes del Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J 
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 COVID Changes: Some rules shift from statewide to local control at end of March 
• Learning Location: Request changes between online & on-site for grades 6–12 
Little Libraries: New elementary classroom collections provide books for all 
Free Testing: Sign up now get free tests for COVID-19  
Under the Weather: If your child doesn't feel well, keep them home
COVID-19 Dashboard: Tracking 4J COVID-19 cases, quarantines online 
• Join Our Team: Serve local youth and community—come work or sub with 4J!

COVID Changes Coming 

Dear families, 

Oregon officials have set a date for the likely end of the statewide mask mandate, along with a new timeline for K–12 school districts to make local decisions regarding indoor masking requirements. 

Good News 

It is very encouraging that the Oregon Health Authority believes the spread of the omicron variant and the number of hospitalizations will drop significantly by the end of March. Our combined efforts to manage the virus in Oregon are working. That is why the statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces is expected to end and mask requirements for schools to change to local control at the end of next month. 

Starting March 31, soon after spring break, each school district will be given the responsibility to work with local health authorities on indoor masking requirements in K–12 schools.

No Change for Now 

The indoor mask requirement and other COVID protocols for schools are still in place and will continue until further notice.

Next Steps 

  • Local decisions on our path forward will take some time. Please understand we just received this news about the upcoming change to local decisions and there is a lot to review.
  • Over the next several weeks, our district leaders will be working with our local health authority and partner districts to determine the best course of action.
  • Any future changes to our school COVID protocols will be announced to staff and families when they are finalized.
  • Please continue to reinforce health and safety protocols. The omicron variant of COVID has not yet reached its peak in Lane County and we want to keep as many students in school as possible. 

One Certainty 

Circumstances change, sometimes with little notice. The last two years have confirmed that uncertainty is the one thing we can count on. Your continued patience and flexibility, along with your reinforcement of current health protocols, is essential in helping to keep our kids in school.

We know that each update from the state brings questions and concerns, and we are committed to keeping you as up to date as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding with the ongoing changes the pandemic brings to schools. 
 

Tips For Families 

 
Stay Up-to-Date on Vaccinations

Any changes in mask requirements could lead to increased time away from school, especially for students and staff who are not up to date on their COVID vaccinations, due to quarantine and isolation protocols. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and up to date is highly encouraged to use the time between now and March 31 to get vaccinated. 

Students under age 18 are considered to be fully vaccinated if they have had both shots of the Pfizer vaccine. While vaccine boosters are available and recommended for students age 12+, only those age 18+ must have a booster shot to be considered fully vaccinated and up to date. Stay Up to Date With Your Vaccines 

People who are fully vaccinated and up to date do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19, as long as they have not tested positive for COVID and do not have symptoms. (This is also the case for a person who has recently had a confirmed, documented case of COVID within the past 90 days.) 

A person who is not fully vaccinated and up to date is considered to be susceptible to COVID-19 and must quarantine if exposed to the virus.

Do Your Part to Keep Schools Safe 

We must all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue to protect our school community. You can help! The most important things you can do include:

• Maintain health and safety protocols, including wearing masks indoors for now.
Get vaccinated against COVID, including a booster shot when eligible.
• Keep your student home and tell the school when they are not feeling well, have been exposed to the virus, or are positive for COVID.
Test your student if they've been exposed or have any symptoms, even mild ones.

Please contact your child’s doctor for any specific questions about their health.

Thank you for doing your part to help us keep students learning in person, slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of our school community.

Stay Home When Sick
Get Tested for COVID
Get Vaccinated

Middle & High School: In-Person or Online?

Request now to change learning location for students in grades 6–12

4J middle and high school students have a choice this year: Attending their regular school in-person full-time, or Eugene Online Academy for asynchronous learning.

Families may request a change between these options for the third trimester. The deadline for change requests for the spring term is Monday, February 28.

ONLY complete the form if you want to make a change. If you want to continue with your student's current enrollment, you do not need to respond.

Learning Pathway Options
Change Request Form

New Classroom Libraries Provide Books for All

Every elementary classroom is receiving a library of diverse, high-quality books to help build students’ reading skills

Every 4J elementary school classroom is getting its own library! To help students learn to read, reflect the diversity of our schools and community, and provide equitable resources, the district is outfitting each of its 285 elementary classrooms with nearly 100 new culturally diverse fiction and nonfiction books.

The acquisition ensures that every elementary school student will have access to diverse, culturally relevant, grade level appropriate texts.

The classroom library initiative is part of the district’s work to improve literacy in grades preK–3. The initiative is budgeted to invest $368,000 of the district’s funds from the Student Success Act – Student Investment Account, approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 to provide additional funding for K–12 schools.

Classroom Libraries

Immunization Exclusion Day Feb. 16

Get your student’s vaccinations up-to-date before exclusion day

Routine immunizations are required by state law for students for diseases such as polio, measles and pertussis. The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended, but not required.

If your student does not meet the state requirements for immunization, your student will be excluded from in-person learning and on-campus activities, such as sports, starting on Feb. 16 and until their immunizations or medical records are in compliance.

Vaccines are available at 4J's school-based health centers and at many pharmacies, healthcare providers’ offices and Lane County Public Health.

Immunizations
School-Based Health Centers

COVID-19 Dashboard

District's transparent display of cases and quarantines by school 

Eugene School District 4J publishes an online COVID-19 case dashboard to provide our school community access to current, relevant information about COVID cases in our school community.

The dashboard is available 24 hours a day and is as real-time as possible—it is updated constantly around the clock, reflecting cases as they are tracked in the district's reporting systems.

COVID-19 Case Dashboard

Coming Up in 4J

2/9 School Board Work Session
2/16 School Board Meeting
2/21 No School: Presidents Day
2/28 Budget Committee Meeting
2/28 Online/Onsite Change Forms Due
3/2 School Board Meeting
3/14 Budget Committee Meeting
3/16 School Board Meeting
3/17 No School: Middle & High Only
3/18 No School: Staff Work Day
3/21–25 No School: Spring Break
3/28 Budget Committee Meeting

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Free COVID Testing

Get home test kits by mail • Sign up for weekly tests at school

COVID-19 testing is an important tool to reduce the spread of the virus. Regular testing can identify when people in the school community are positive for COVID and help keep from spreading it to others.

Free tests are available from the federal government by mail. Weekly screening testing also is offered for K–12 students and staff, with advance registration.

Under certain circumstances, testing also is available at school with parents' permission for students who have been exposed to COVID at school or developed symptoms at school. 

COVID-19 Testing Available

Check for Wellness Every Day 

When to keep your student home

If your child is not feeling well, please do not send them to school. Please don’t assume a mild respiratory illness is a run-of-the-mill cold! Even if your student seems just a little under the weather, please keep them home and get them tested for COVID-19. Although COVID-19 is usually milder in children and vaccinated individuals, there are risks of serious illness, and if not isolated they can contribute to community transmission.

When to Stay Home

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Teachers & Licensed Specialists: General Education Teachers Special Education PoolRegistered Nurse PoolSchool Psychologist (2021–22)School Psychologists (2022–23)School Psychologist Intern

Classified Staff: Building Utility Support Educational Assistant Bus AidesBus DriverCampus Safety and Security MonitorCampus Safety and Security Program CoordinatorCustodial/Maintenance CoordinatorElectrician SpecialistLibrary/IMC AssistantFood Service AssistantsFood Service CoordinatorsLicensed Practical Nurse PoolNATIVES Program TutorPainter SpecialistSpecial Ed Educational Assistant PoolTemporary WorkersVocational Training Assistant

Administrators & Professional Staff: Grant AccountantsElementary School Principals: Awbrey Park, Camas Ridge, CharlemagneElementary Principal PoolMiddle School Principal PoolMiddle School Assistant Principal PoolHigh School Principal PoolHigh School Assistant Principal Pool

Coaches: BaseballSoftball: Churchill, South EugeneTrack: Middle School, North Eugene

Substitutes: Athletic TrainersBus DriversBus AidesCustodiansEducational AssistantsFood Service WorkersNon-Instructional SupportSpeech & Language SpecialistsTeachersTechnology Support Specialists

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