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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: 
• State Testing: Tests reduced, scheduled outside of regular class time  
• COVID-19 Vaccines: Vaccine clinics offered for students age 16+  
• Looking Ahead: Full school schedules planned this fall
School Calendar: Key dates for 2021–22 
• Get involved: Job openings, upcoming events and more 

State Testing Planned to Avoid Class Time

Testing scheduled outside of regular live class times • Parents may choose to participate or opt out • Please respond by April 30

Response Form: Participate or Opt OutEspañol: Participar o Declinar

Public schools conduct state testing each year for students in grades 3–8 and 11. State tests measure students' proficiency in learning standards, and test results provide important information for parents, teachers, schools and districts.

State testing is different during the pandemic. Last spring, state tests were canceled, with a waiver from the federal government. This spring, testing will be reduced.

Oregon schools will give about half the usual number of tests this spring. Most grades will have tests in just one subject. Each test will be much shorter than usual.

4J schools will conduct state testing on Wednesdays in May, outside of regular class times. To avoid taking up the limited time teachers have with students, testing will not be conducted during in-person hybrid learning time.

Students who participate in state testing will complete the tests on-site at school. School bus transportation and meals will be provided for participating students.

Families have three options:
• Complete state tests as scheduled
• Opt in to complete additional tests for other subjects
• Opt out and not complete state tests this year 

Families are asked to respond by Friday, April 30 regarding their students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11, so the district can plan for transportation and testing supports. (No response is needed for students in grades K, 1, 2, 9, 10 or 12, because there is no state testing for their grade.)

A note for high school students: Oregon’s graduation requirements for essential skills in reading, writing and math—which most students meet through state tests—have been suspended for 2020, 2021 and 2022. This year's 11th graders are exempted and do not need to complete state tests to meet diploma requirements.

Response Form: Participate or Opt Out
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Vaccine Clinics for 4J Students

All Oregonians age 16 and over are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, although supplies are limited. Vaccines are not yet approved for children under 16, but testing and approval processes are underway.

Eugene School District 4J is partnering with community healthcare providers to plan vaccine clinics for 4J students. More student vaccine clinic dates are coming soon.

Appointments available this weekend 

Lane County Public Health is holding a free vaccine clinic this weekend for youth.

When: April 24–25, appointments available 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 
Where: Lane Community College
Who: Youth age 16+ 
Vaccine Type: Pfizer/BioNTech 
Appointment Required: Schedule appointment at lanecounty.org/vaxclinics

Schedule Vaccine Appointment
4J COVID Vaccine FAQs

Look Ahead: Full School Schedules This Fall 

4J planning for regular school schedules • School calendar approved

The school board has approved the academic calendars for 2021–22. 

The first day of school will be different this fall. Traditionally 4J begins school on the Wednesday after Labor Day. In 2021, this falls during Rosh Hashanah. While the district does not close schools during the year for major religious holidays, by policy and practice the district seeks to avoid scheduling important unique events for students on such days.

Students in selected grades will start the school year with a transition day on Thursday, Sept. 9, to support their transition to the new year and in-person school after more than a year of distance learning and hybrid on-site learning. The first day of classes for all grades will be on Friday, Sept. 10. We look forward to welcoming our students back in the fall!

2021–22 Key Dates for Students: 

• Transition Day for Selected Grades: Thu. Sept. 9
• First Day of Classes for All Grades: Fri. Sept. 10 
• Winter Break: Dec. 20–31 + Mon. Jan. 3 (potential makeup day) 
• Spring Break: March 21–25 
• Last Day: Fri. June 17 (or later if makeup days are needed) 

With students back in school in a hybrid learning model this spring, the district is looking ahead to next year. While the future community health situation and state guidance for schools are still uncertain and there is a lot still unknown about next school year, the district is planning for a return to in-person learning in the fall.

4J plans to have full-day, in-person classes, five days a week for all students. The district will follow all guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority, which may include protocols such as physical distancing of less than 6 feet, wearing face coverings, and frequent handwashing.

For families who prefer all online learning to meet their student's needs, 4J's Eugene Online Academy programs will be available. The district does not expect to continue the Same School Online option that was offered during this exceptional year.

Hybrid & Online School Schedules
2021–22 School Calendar

Apply for 4J Jobs

Teachers & Licensed Specialists: Elementary Summer School Teachers School Psychologist School Psychology Intern Elementary Teacher PoolSecondary Teacher PoolSpecial Education PoolSubstitute Teacher Pool

Classified Staff: Warehouse Operations Assistant • Evening Custodians: Roosevelt, South Eugene • Hybrid Utility SupportBilingual Summer School Office SupportSummer School Educational Assistants Limited Duration Custodians

Administrators & Professional Staff: Director of Transportation Elementary Principal PoolMiddle School Principal PoolMiddle School Assistant Principal PoolHigh School Principal PoolHigh School Assistant Principal Pool

Coaches: Basketball Assistant Coach

Substitutes: Athletic TrainersBus AidesBus DriversCustodians Educational AssistantsFood ServiceNon-Instructional SupportSpeech & Language SpecialistsTeachersTechnology Support Specialists

4J Job Openings

Coming Up in 4J

4/26 Budget Committee Meeting
5/5 School Board Meeting
5/7 No School: Middle & High School
5/10 Budget Committee Meeting
5/13 Equity Committee Meeting
5/19 School Board Meeting
5/31 No School: Memorial Day

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