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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

In this message: 
  • Hybrid update: Elementary timeline adjusted 
  • School sports: Spectators coming soon • Away games live video now free
  • What's happening now? Kindergarten registration • ACE Awards nominations • Interdistrict transfers • Parent coffee chats • Students ride free on LTD
  • Get involved: 4J job openings and upcoming events

Hybrid Timeline Updated for Elementary Grades

Grades 2–5 will begin hybrid transition a week earlier to meet Governor’s plan for Oregon schools

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced March 5 that Oregon schools will return to in-person instruction in a hybrid or on-site model by the week of March 29 for grades K–5 and by the week of April 19 for grades 6–12, if their county is within the state’s advisory health metrics. 

“Thanks to the smart choices Oregonians have made, our COVID-19 numbers have declined,” Governor Brown noted. “The science is very, very clear: with proper safety measures in place, there is a low risk of COVID-19 transmission in school. Oregon parents can be confident about sending their children back to a classroom learning environment.”

4J students in some elementary school grades will begin hybrid transition and orientation a week earlier than previously planned. The new statewide timeline otherwise is very similar to what was already planned for our students’ return to school buildings in 4J.

Change for Grades 2–5 

Grades 2–5 had been planned to begin returning to school buildings the week of April 5. Now, students in second, third, fourth and fifth grade will begin hybrid on-site transition and orientation during the week of March 29, and the full regular hybrid schedule the week of April 5. 

No Change for Grades K–1 or 6–12 

There is no change in the timeline for other grades.

Students in kindergarten and first grade will have hybrid on-site transition and orientation next week (the week of March 15) and begin the full regular hybrid schedule the week of March 29. 

Grades 6–12 are still planning to welcome students to school buildings the week of April 12.

What to Expect

Eugene School District 4J will continue to center the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community in planning for on-site learning.

Comprehensive distance learning will continue to be provided for families who have chosen to keep learning online from home.

More information about your student’s schedule and the transition to hybrid learning will come from your school.

Expected Timeline

• March 12: Elementary asynchronous day, teachers prepare for hybrid transition
• March 15: Elementary classroom changes
• March 15 week: Grades K–1 hybrid transition and orientation
• March 20–28: Spring break
• March 29: Middle and high schools begin Trimester 3 
• March 29: Grades K–1 begin full hybrid learning schedule
• March 29 week: Grades 2–5 hybrid transition and orientation
• April 5: Grades 2–5 begin full hybrid learning schedule
• April 12: Grades 6–12 begin hybrid learning model

Back-to-Buildings Update

Sports Update: Some Spectators Allowed Soon 

Lane County’s improving risk level will allow a limited number of spectators on-site  

Student athletes are back on the field. Soon, some spectators will be back on the sidelines as well.

Public health conditions have improved thanks to community efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The State of Oregon has announced that Lane County’s designation will be lowered from High Risk to the Moderate Risk category effective this Friday, March 12. The state also has loosened some spectator restrictions. 

Counties designated as Moderate Risk may allow some spectators at athletic events. The state has established limits for the maximum number of people who can be in a gym, on the field and in the stands. 

Given these requirements, the number of spectators who can attend high school games will be limited and will vary by site and sport in compliance with state rules.

High schools’ athletic directors are developing plans for accommodating a limited number of spectators at games. Student athletes' families should watch for details to come from their team or school.

Games will continue to be livestreamed online for an unlimited number of families and friends to watch.

Sports Spectators Update

High School Games Streaming for Free 

Viewers now can watch livestreams of high school contests for free, both home and away

Families, friends and fans can watch free livestreams of their 4J high school teams in action, whether they’re playing at home or away in neighboring districts.

Eugene School District 4J already was livestreaming home games played at North Eugene, Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene, at no cost to online viewers.

Now, the Bethel and Springfield school districts also have purchased access to free streaming for online spectators to watch games at Springfield, Thurston and Willamette high schools, so fans can cheer on their 4J team when they play away games against their crosstown rivals. Viewers will need to create an account on the NFHS Network streaming platform to watch these away games, but will not have to enter credit card information or purchase a subscription.

All varsity games and many junior varsity games are being livestreamed to provide virtual access during the season, as on-site spectator access is restricted for families and fans due to state COVID restrictions. Links to game schedules and video streams are shared on the district website.

High School Sports Livestreaming
OSAA Sports Information

What's Happening Now in 4J?

Register Now for Kindergarten This Fall

Kindergarten welcome events through April 16

Do you know a child who will turn 5 years old by September 1? Now is the time to register to start kindergarten in the fall. Kindergarten orientation events will be held virtually at every 4J school between March 9 and April 16.

Join us to learn about your school's kindergarten program and enrollment process, meet teachers and staff, and have an opportunity to ask questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Kindergarten Information

4J ACE Awards: Nominate Today

Recognize a deserving 4J teacher, classified employee or administrator by April 15

Nominating a valued 4J educator for the ACE Awards is a wonderful way to honor their talent and dedication, especially in this year of unprecedented challenges. Nominations are accepted in three categories: teachers & licensed specialists, classified staff and administrators & supervisors. 

Nominations are due by Thursday, April 15. One nominee in each category will be named the 2021 ACE Champion, and every nominee will be recognized in an awards ceremony in June. We appreciate our excellent educators, even from a distance!

ACE Awards

Interdistrict Transfer Requests Accepted

Live outside of 4J? Apply this month to enroll in the district

Families who live outside of Eugene School District 4J may apply to transfer to the district and enroll in a 4J school that is open to requests. Apply online by Wed., March 31 to be included in the annual interdistrict transfer lottery for the 2021–22 school year.

Interdistrict Transfers

Parent Coffee Chats

Monthly talks centered on wellbeing and support

Check in and chat! Parents and guardians are invited to join in monthly virtual coffee chats with 4J social worker Maria Covernali. These casual conversations will explore a different topic every month around emotional wellness, parenting and community resources. Coffee chats are held in Spanish on Wednesdays and in English on Thursdays, 6–7 p.m.

Parent Coffee Chats

Free Bus Rides

No pass required for students

Students ride for free! Lane Transit District (LTD) will continue allowing students in grades K–12 to ride free without a pass until school starts in the fall. Just let the driver know you are a 4J student as you board. 4J students will be offered a free student pass next school year.

For help planning school commutes by foot, bike, bus, or other active or shared modes, contact 4J Safe Routes to School.

Students Ride Free
Safe Routes to School

Coming Up in 4J

3/1–4/15 ACE Awards Nominations
3/9–4/16 2021 Kindergarten Welcome
3/10 Cafecito de Apoyo: Churchill
3/11 Free COVID-19 Testing (UO)
3/11 Coffee Chat: Churchill region
3/11 Equity Committee Meeting
3/11 Camas Ridge Plan Feedback Due
3/13 Free COVID-19 Testing (LCPH)
3/15–19 K–1 Hybrid Transition Week
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
3/22–26 No School: Spring Break
3/29 Grades K–1 Hybrid Schedule
3/29–4/2 Gr. 2–5 Hybrid Transition
4/5 Grades 2–5 Hybrid Schedule
4/12 Grades 6–12 Hybrid (tentative)

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More Upcoming Events

Apply for 4J Jobs

Teachers & Licensed Specialists: Chinese Bilingual Fifth Grade TeacherSchool PsychologistSchool Psychology Intern Elementary Teacher Pool Secondary Teacher PoolSpecial Education Pool

Classified Staff: Programmer AnalystElectriciansElectrician SpecialistHVAC Refrigeration Technician Human Resources GeneralistCustodians, Limited DurationEvening Custodians: Howard, Monroe, RooseveltCustodial / Maintenance CoordinatorElementary Educational AssistantSpanish Bilingual Educational AssistantSpecial Ed Educational Assistants: Student Services Dept., Twin Oaks, South Eugene

Administrators & Professional Staff: Financial Management AnalystElementary Principal PoolMiddle School Assistant Principal Pool Middle School Principal Pool • High School Assistant Principal PoolHigh School Principal Pool

Coaches: Girls Basketball Assistant

Substitutes: Athletic TrainersBus AidesBus DriversCustodians Educational AssistantsFood ServiceNon-Instructional SupportSpeech and Language SpecialistsTechnology Support Specialists

4J Job Openings

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