Information for parents and guardians from Eugene School District 4J 

Un mensaje para los padres y tutores del Distrito Escolar de Eugene 4J


First Day of School Delayed to September 21

Some school days will be made up later in the year  

Dear 4J families, 

We have important news about the start of the school year. 

Eugene School District 4J will start school on Sept. 21. This is a delay of one week. 

The McKenzie Wildfire has had significant impacts on our district’s staff, students and families. This emergency affects us all as we care for, worry for, and work to support our families, friends and neighbors. 

Critically, smoke from the fires spreading across our state has made the air quality hazardous and prevented the distribution of student devices needed for learning this year. The smoke forced the cancelation of technology distribution days that were scheduled this week for all elementary schools as well as some middle and high schools. About half of our students do not yet have their student learning devices to access online instruction. 

Next week: Student devices will be distributed by schools next week; your school will schedule and communicate new technology pickup dates soon. School food service will begin next week, with free grab-and-go meals available for 4J students and all youth, when air quality allows outdoor activity. Teachers will use the additional time to prepare for the school year and get teaching and learning off to a great start. 

School calendar: The first day of school for students will be Monday, September 21. 

The school calendar has been adjusted to make up some school days and balance the trimesters. Two school days will be restored, on Presidents Day in February and a previously scheduled teacher planning and professional development day in March. Trimester 2 will start one week later than originally scheduled. Some other changes have been made to reschedule grading days. 

Winter break, spring break, and the end of the school year have not changed; the last day of school for students is still Thursday, June 17. Click here for the revised school calendar

Hybrid learning model: Students may return to school buildings later in the school year for a hybrid of online and on-site learning, with all appropriate health and safety measures in place, when public health conditions allow. The potential start date for hybrid learning has been changed to January 5, after winter break. (The previously planned date was the start of Trimester 2, which now is just one week before winter break.) The district will decide and announce before winter break if on-site learning can begin in January. 

Please, take care of yourselves, and each other. Families displaced or affected by the wildfire can find information about available supports on this McKenzie Fire information page. We also know that families are still working to navigate COVID-19 and all of the complications associated with the virus, as well as a totally new approach to learning. Information about many other resources for families, including employment-related childcare support, can be found on this district webpage.

Thank you for your grace and understanding as our schools and our community work to return to learning in the midst of an ongoing pandemic and now a wildfire emergency. Together we will continue to navigate these challenges and take care of our students and one another.  

Cydney Vandercar
Interim Superintendent
Eugene School District 4J
Start of School Delayed
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Free Internet to Help Students Stay Connected

New program to provide high-speed internet for entire school year

Eugene School District 4J is joining with Comcast to provide qualifying students free internet for the entire school year to support online learning.

Comcast is offering two free months of internet access through its Internet Essentials program for families who qualify, and the district will pay for the additional months of service to keep students learning online for the rest of the school year.  

Students may be eligible for the program if they qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or are eligible for other public assistance programs such as housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps) and SSI, among others.

The Eugene School District is committed to ensuring all students are able to access online learning, to support their academic success and continued connection with their teachers and peers while school buildings are closed.

Internet Access Help

  Eugene School District 4J • 200 N. Monroe St. • Eugene, OR 97402 • USA •

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