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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – February 2019 – Issue 310

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4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • February 12, 2019 • Issue Number 310

SELF-CARE: TOOLS TO BUILD RESILIENCE

The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Cascade Health, is offering a free Self-Care: Tools to Build Resilience wellness class to 4J employees. The class will take place:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Education Center Auditorium

Do you know that making yourself a priority is not selfish but actually a requirement for healthy living? Building a strong foundation of self-care will help you handle whatever life throws your way. Come to this workshop to:

  • Learn what self-care is and what self-care is not
  • Discover the benefits of a commitment to self-care and the consequences of not making this a priority
  • Create a personalized self-care plan that you can implement immediately

To sign up, please respond by Friday, March 8th to Julie Wenzl: wenzl@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7682.

ARE YOUR VACCINES UP TO DATE?

Each year, tens of thousands of Americans die of diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines—and most of those fatalities occur in the very young and in older adults. The immune system weakens as we age, making recovery from illness difficult, which is why vaccines are so important for older adults. Flu and pneumonia vaccinations are especially vital because those infections are leading causes of death among older Americans.

The vaccination recommendations below are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and they apply to healthy older adults. If you have one or more chronic conditions or an illness, your doctor may recommend a different vaccination schedule tailored to your health needs. Your doctor will also factor in your age, lifestyle, job, and travel itinerary; past vaccinations; and childhood disease history.

Vaccinations – who should get them and how often:

  • Influenza (flu) • Everyone ages 6 months and older; once a year at the start of the flu season (early fall, winter).
  • Pneumonia (pneumococcal polysaccharide) • Two types of pneumococcal vaccine are available. Everyone ages 65 and older should get both one dose of PCV13 and at least one dose of PCV23. Adults 19-64 should receive the vaccine depending on their health.
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap) • If you were never vaccinated against these diseases, get one dose of Tdap. All adults ages 19 and older should receive a Td booster every 10 years. Women should get one dose during every pregnancy.
  • Herpes zoster (shingles) • Two types of zoster vaccine are available. You should get two doses of recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) at age 50 or older (preferred) or one dose of zoster vaccine live (ZVL) at age 60 or older, even if you had shingles before. People with a weakened immune system should not get ZVL.
  • Varicella (chickenpox) • Anyone who has never had chickenpox; two doses during your lifetime.
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) • For adults born in 1957 or later who have not had these childhood diseases; one to two doses per lifetime. People born before 1957 are likely to have immunity from the measles.
  • Hepatitis A • Anyone at risk if they’ve never been vaccinated, such as travelers to regions where hepatitis A is common; two doses per lifetime.
  • Hepatitis B • Anyone at risk if they’ve never been vaccinated, such as travelers to high-risk areas, adults with multiple sex partners, partners of infected people, healthcare workers; three doses per lifetime. A combination hep A and B vaccine is available.
  • Meningococcal • For some overseas travelers and certain other at-risk groups. Two types of meningococcal are available; you may need one or both depending on your health; one or more doses per lifetime.
  • Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) • Anyone with certain medical conditions, including persons who don’t have a spleen, have sickle cell disease or HIV, or have had a bone marrow transplant.

MEASLES

Measles is a highly contagious, potentially severe viral infection that in rare cases can cause encephalitis (infection of the brain), pneumonia, and low birth weight in babies born to infected women. The symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. Measles typically begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth.

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104°. After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.

The MMR vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination. The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93 percent effective. Children may also get MMRV vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). This vaccine is only licensed for use in children who are 12 months through 12 years of age.

In addition to vaccination, community members can help prevent the spread of measles by staying home if they’re sick – the measles virus can linger in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the area. Be sure and cover a cough or sneeze, wash your hands frequently, and dispose of tissue paper used for coughing or sneezing.

In order to decrease exposure to others, anyone who might be showing symptoms of measles should call for medical advice before going to an emergency department, doctor’s office, urgent care office, or the Public Health Department.

People are considered immune to measles if any of the following are true:

  • You are a pre-school age child with one MMR vaccine
  • You are a school-age child (K-12) or adult who has had two MMR vaccines.
  • You were born before 1957.
  • You have had measles disease (diagnosed by a health care provider and confirmed with a lab test).
  • You have had a blood test that shows you are immune to measles.

Persons vaccinated during 1963 – 1967 with vaccination of unknown type may have received inactivated vaccine and should check with their health care provider to see if they should be revaccinated.

MODA VACCINE COVERAGE

You can receive immunization services at select network pharmacies through your Moda Health pharmacy benefit. One of the many vaccines covered is the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. People who are born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine. Lane County currently has a good supply of this highly effective vaccine.

If you have questions about your measles immunity, work with your health care provider. If your provider recommends a blood test (titer test), Moda Health will cover the test at the standard lab benefit level.

To learn more about your Moda Health pharmacy benefit, please visit: https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/members/pharmacy.shtml

4J BLOOD DRIVE RESULTS

On January 24, 2019, 4J hosted the Lane Bloodworks bloodmobile for a blood drive. 18 donors registered to donate, three for the first time, and Lane Bloodworks was able to collect 16 units of whole blood. Since each unit of whole blood is separated into the different components (red cells, platelets, and plasma,) the 4J efforts will benefit as many as 48 patients in hospitals served by Lane Bloodworks.

To learn more about the blood needs in our community and the donation process, please visit: http://lanebloodcenter.org/.


The information in this newsletter has been summarized. It is presented as information – not advice or counsel. In all instances, the benefits, conditions, and limitations as outlined in the 4J Master Contracts prevail over this representation. Please refer to your Benefits booklet or master contracts available at the District offices for additional information regarding your benefits plans.

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Bond Update: What’s Next for New Schools

District holds school rebuild info sessions  

Three of 4J’s aging school buildings will be replaced in the next few years, thanks to voters’ approval of the school bond measure in November 2018. Design work for the new schools will begin soon.

Parents, students, neighbors and other community members are invited to come hear about the school design and construction process, get answers to their questions about what to expect, and learn how to stay informed and engaged as each of the upcoming school replacement projects is underway.

North Eugene High School 
200 Silver Lane, Eugene
Monday, March 4, 6 p.m.

Camas Ridge Elementary School 
1150 E. 29th Ave., Eugene
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Edison Elementary School
1328 E. 22nd Ave., Eugene
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

Community engagement and input is part of each step of the school design and planning process. Up next, the district will hold a series of public workshops to develop community guidance on key values for school design in March and April.

Bond measure information

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Measles Information for Families

Serious disease outbreak in Portland area, no local cases yet 

A significant outbreak of measles is occurring in the Portland area. There are more than 50 confirmed cases of measles across the river from Portland, in southwestern Washington, and 4 on the Oregon side. There are known exposures to the disease in Portland and Bend.

We do not currently have any confirmed cases of measles in Lane County.

What will happen if this measles outbreak spreads to Lane County? 

If an unimmunized student is exposed to measles, Lane County Public Health will exclude them from school or childcare to protect them and reduce exposure to others. (This includes students who have an exemption from immunizations on file.) The exclusion is usually days 7 through 21 after exposure, and this may be extended if there are further cases.

Lane County Public Health also will advise any unimmunized staff members to stay home if there is an exposure.

What does measles look like?

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed by a red rash that usually begins on the head or face and spreads to the rest of the body. People are most contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.

Measles is highly contagious 

Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

There are several hundred students in 4J schools who have not been immunized and are susceptible to measles. If exposed, these students are at very high risk for contracting and communicating the disease.

The virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area.

Measles is serious

Measles is not a minor or routine childhood illness—it is a serious disease. It causes high fever and rash, and can cause severe long-term impacts such as hearing loss, pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and premature birth and low birth weight for infants. About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized, and 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

People at highest risk for severe illness and complications from measles include infants and children under 5, adults over 20, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems, such as from leukemia and HIV infection.

The good news

  • There are no confirmed cases in our area so far.
  • Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles.
  • The vaccine is proven to be safe and highly effective—about 97% effective when both doses are received.
  • Very few people—about 3 out of 100—who get two doses of measles vaccine will still get measles if exposed to the virus, but are much more likely to have a milder illness.

How to protect yourself and your family

Text Equivalent: Measles: It isn’t just a little rash. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. [Illustration of 6 boys and girls of various races] Measles symptoms typically include: High fever (may spike to more than 104° F) Cough Runny nose Red, watery eyes Rash breaks out 3-5 days after symptoms begin [Illustration of a little boy with watery eyes, runny nose and a thermometer in his mouth] Measles Can Be Serious About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage. 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care. [Illustration of a hospital] [Illustration of the brain] [Illustration of many people that symbolize the community, all colored in blue, except 2 that are gray] You have the power to protect your child. Provide your children with safe and long-lasting protection against measles by making sure they get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine according to CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. [Illustration of a mom and her son smiling] www.cdc.gov/measles [logo] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [logo] American Academy of Pediatrics [logo] American Academy of Family PhysiciansImmunization is the most effective measure to prevent the spread of measles. The MMR vaccine is safe and effective, and provides immunization against three diseases: measles, mumps and rubella. There is no shortage of the vaccine. It typically is readily available from healthcare providers and at local pharmacies.

Any person who has not been immunized against measles is at a very high risk for contracting and communicating this serious disease if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

People are considered immune if any of the following is true:

  1. You’ve had your vaccinations against measles—at least one dose for kids 12 months through 3 years, two doses for anyone 4 years or older. The second MMR vaccination dose can be administered anytime at least 4 weeks after the first dose. (If you were vaccinated during 1963–1967 with vaccine of unknown type, you may have received inactivated vaccine and should be revaccinated.)
  2. You’ve been diagnosed with measles in the past (confirmed with a lab test).
  3. You’ve had a blood test “titer” that shows immunity.
  4. You were born before 1957.

If you or your child are not immune, or if you’re not sure, talk with your healthcare provider. Oregon Health Authority has provided tips on how to access your immunization records.

Additional steps to help prevent the spread of measles and other illnesses include staying home if you’re sick, washing hands frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, and disposing of tissue paper used for coughing or sneezing.

Most importantly, if you think you or another person may have measles, STAY HOME! If a person is experiencing measles-like symptoms, they should not go to the doctor’s office. Instead, they should call their provider and ask what to do next.

 

For more information, please visit lanecounty.org/publichealth or www.cdc.gov/measles.

 

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Let’s Get Ready! Kindergarten Orientation Feb. 18–March 7

4J is welcoming new kindergarteners for fall 2019

Kindergarten orientation events are Feb. 18–March 7: Let’s get to know each other! If your child will turn 5 on or before September 1, please come to your school’s kindergarten orientation event (see schedule below). You’ll get to explore your school, meet staff, pre-enroll for fall 2019, and your child will receive a free goodie bag. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have friends or neighbors with kids who will be in kindergarten this fall, please tell them about 4J’s kindergarten orientation events, or invite them via Facebook (links to individual school events are below and on Facebook).

What’s your neighborhood school? Visit www.4j.lane.edu/howtoenroll or click here.

Kindergarten Orientation Events:

School Address Date Time
Adams Elementary 950 W. 22nd Ave. Wed., Feb. 27 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Awbrey Park Elementary 158 Spring Creek Dr. Tue., Feb. 26 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary 1500 Queens Way Tue., March 5 5:30–6:00 p.m. English
6:00–6:30 p.m. Español
Camas Ridge Elementary 1150 E. 29th Ave. Thu., March 7
6:00–7:15 p.m.
Charlemagne French Immersion Elementary 3875 Kincaid St. Wed., March 6 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Chávez Elementary 1510 W. 14th Ave. Tue., March 5 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Chinese Immersion Elementary 1155 Crest Dr. Thu., March 7 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Corridor Elementary 250 Silver Lane Tue., March 5 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Edgewood Elementary 577 E. 46th Ave. Thu., March 7 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Edison Elementary 1328 E. 22nd Ave. Thu., March 7 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Family School Elementary 1155 Crest Dr. Tue., March 5 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Gilham Elementary 3307 Honeywood St. Tue., Feb. 26 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Holt Elementary 770 Calvin St. Tue., Feb. 26 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Howard Elementary 700 Howard Ave. Tue., March 5 6:00–7:00 p.m.
McCornack Elementary 1968 Brittany St. Wed., Feb. 27 5:00–6:00 p.m.
River Road/El Camino del Río Spanish Dual Immersion Elementary 120 W. Hilliard Lane Wed., Feb. 27 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Spring Creek Elementary 560 Irvington Dr. Wed., Feb. 27 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Twin Oaks Elementary 85916 Bailey Hill Rd. Wed., March 6 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Willagillespie Elementary 1125 Willagillespie Rd. Wed., Feb. 20 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary 250 Silver Lane Wed., March 6 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Learn More:

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Wondering About Weather?

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When winter weather makes conditions hazardous, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. School districts decide early in the morning whether there is a need to change the school schedule or bus routes. These decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

There are several ways to find out if there is a change on snowy or icy days:

If there is a school closure or other change, the school district will announce it before 6:30 a.m. If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

Parents of students who ride school buses that have alternate snow routes have been informed of what to do. Snow route information is available on the snow routes page.

If school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored.

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Weather: Morning School Buses on Snow Routes (Tuesday, Feb. 5)

Autobuses escolares en rutas de nieve

Eugene School District schools are open on their regular schedules, but morning school buses will use snow routes today (Tue., Feb. 5). Please travel with caution, and please be patient with buses that are also traveling cautiously and may run behind schedule.

Los buses en la mañana están activados para las rutas de nieve en el Distrito Escolar de Eugene hoy (martes, el 5 de febrero). A los estudiantes que usan el bus escolar se les ha informado como usar la rutas de nieves escolares.

Some school bus routes in higher elevations and hilly areas have special routes they use in hazardous weather. Copies of snow route information were sent home this fall to families whose students ride those particular buses. Most school bus routes have no need for snow routes, and operate normally, even during winter weather.

On any day when inclement weather is a concern and school is in session, families and staff are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance will be honored. Staff members have various leave provisions they can use when they believe they are unable to get to work safely.

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter January/February 2019 Issue #4

Published by:

Arthur Hart, Classified Benefits Coordinator

Phone: 541-790-7679 e-mail: hart_a@4j.lane.edu

Greetings Classified Staff

My name is Arthur Hart, and I am your new Classified Benefits Coordinator. I started my relationship with 4J at 4 years of age attending Lincoln Elementary, was a graduate of South Eugene High School in 1993, married my high school sweetheart in 1996, and after various adventures returned to work at 4J Transportation in 2012. I hope my next 20 years with 4J will be as great as the first!

I am looking forward to my next adventure– helping you utilize your benefits to the fullest. Please contact me with any questions or concerns that you have regarding your benefits.

A hearty thank you to Diana McElhinney who has left some big shoes to fill, and has worked very hard to make this a great transition for me!

My office is located at The Ed Center. Office hours are 8:00-12:00 &1:00-5:00 daily. Contact me at 541-790-7679 or hart_a@4j.lane.edu.

-Art

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP provides services to help employees privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family, and other important areas of life. As an OEBB member, there is no cost to you or your family members for using EAP services.

EAP services include:

  • 24-hour Crisis Help – Toll-free access for you or a family member experiencing a crisis.
  • Confidential Counseling – Face-to-face counseling sessions for each new issue, including family, relationships, stress, anxiety, and other common challenges.
  • Confidential Telephonic Counseling – Telephonic counseling sessions for each new issue, including family, relationships, stress, anxiety, and other common challenges.
  • eAccess – Convenient access to online consultations with licensed counselors.
  • Childcare Referral Services – Childcare professionals provide information and support on parenting, school issues, adoption, college planning, teenager challenges, summer camps, daycare, and other important issues for parents.
  • Eldercare Referral Services – Adult and eldercare specialists assist in finding quality information and services including transportation, meals, exercise, activities, prescription drug information, in-home care, daytime care, and housing.
  • Financial Services – Call to speak with a professional regarding your budget, credit, retirement, investment, tax or other financial questions.
  • Home Ownership Program – Free support and information about making smarter choices when shopping for a new home, making financing and/or refinancing decisions, relocating, or selling a home.
  • Identity Theft Services – Support in planning the recovery process for restoring your identity and credit after an incident.
  • Legal and Mediation Services – Legal services include a free, half-hour consultation, by phone or in person, followed with a 25% discount in legal fees. (Legal services are not provided for any employer related issues.) Mediation services include free consultations for personal, family, and non-work related issues such as divorce, neighbor disputes, or real estate. A discount of 25% is available if a professional mediator is retained.
  • Wills & Other Legal Forms – EAP includes easy, free, online legal forms.

When you call EAP, you just need to provide 4J District as your employer and basic contact information. During a crisis, you can call to speak with a counselor 24 hours a day.

Call the EAP at 1-866-750-1327 or go online

www.myrbh.com – use access code: OEBB.

It’s Flu Season Again

What to do to stay healthy and prevent flu?

  • Get vaccinated. Vaccines are tested by the FDA for safety and are effective at preventing the flu. The influenza vaccine CANNOT cause flu!
  • Wash hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol after contact with any surface that could be contaminated, including hands, desks, pens, door knobs, etc., and especially before touching your face or eating.

How to protect others who are vulnerable, like the elderly and very young:

  • Get vaccinated. If you have infants at home, or care for an elderly parent, you can protect them by preventing the flu in yourself.
  • Stay home if you have a fever, and for 24 hours after the fever resolves.
  • Wear a mask if you have a cough and fever and must be around others.
  • Tamiflu can be used to prevent flu if given early after exposure. Discuss this with your health care provider to see if it is appropriate.

How do you know if you have the flu?

  • Flu usually hits hard and fast. Children often initially get a fever and vomiting. Adults get a fever, sore throat, ache all over, dry cough, weakness, runny nose.

What to do about the flu?

  • Most people will recover with rest, fluids and medicine for fever, cough and aches and pains. Sometimes the flu can cause another infection like pneumonia or ear infections, and other serious illnesses. Antiviral medicine is available, Tamiflu, that helps shorten the course of the flu by a day or two, and can help reduce the severity of the illness, but it has drawbacks too. Talk this over with your health care provider if you get the flu.

Where can you get vaccinated or treatment for influenza (flu)?

  • 4J Wellness Clinic: For employees eligible to access the 4J Wellness Clinic, please call 541-686-1427 to schedule a quick MOA appointment for a flu shot.
  • Moda Health Members: If you have Moda insurance, you can receive a flu shot at a network pharmacy without a copayment. Call ahead of time to make sure the pharmacy has the vaccine you need. Show your Moda Health ID card to the pharmacist for billing before receiving a vaccine, otherwise it may not be covered. Call Moda Health Pharmacy Customer Service at 866‐923‐0411 for a complete list of network pharmacies.
  • Kaiser Permanente Members: Kaiser offers drop-in flu shot clinics every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) at the downtown clinic office located at 100 W. 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402. No copayment is required for the vaccine. Please call 1-800-813-2000 for more information.

Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter

As we integrate new technologies into our daily lives, it changes how we interact with information. With this in mind, we are moving away from the mass paper copy distribution of this newsletter. Starting with the next edition, we will be distributing paper copies only to worksite break areas to be shared. The Newsletter will be emailed to all Classified Staff, and published on the 4J website.

This adjustment is not just about saving paper. Focusing on electronic publications will also allow us to make more use of website links and other tools that will allow the reader to quickly gain more information on subjects that interest them. If a paper edition is still the best for you, it will be in your break area.

Senate Bill 1067 (SB 1067)

SB 1067 is a bill relating to government cost containment measures. It will begin affecting OEBB plans on October 1, 2019.You may be affected by this bill if you have other family members (spouse, domestic partner, or children) eligible for OEBB or PEBB benefits. For more information please watch the recorded January 30th Double Coverage webinar.

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This newsletter is reviewed and edited each month by the District 4J and OSEA representatives of the Classified Joint Benefits Committee (JBC).The information in this newsletter is summarized, and is not intended as advice or counsel.

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Special Education Parent Symposium Wednesday, Feb. 5

Learn about the transition to next school year

Parents and guardians of students receiving special education services are invited to a bimonthly series of events to learn more about 4J services, share your thoughts, and meet, network and collaborate with other families, 4J staff and community members. This event will focus on preparing for your student’s spring transition IEP meeting.

Special Education Parent Symposium 
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6–7 p.m.
4J Education Center
200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
RSVP or invite your friends 

Agenda: 
• Welcome and introductions
• Presentation: Transition (Meladie Sorensen, Sheldon High School’s Transition Education Network)
• Overview of service levels and how placement works between levels
• Breakout session: Preparing for your child’s spring transition IEP meeting.

We’ll cover these commonly asked questions and more: How much does your student know about their disability? How will my child participate in electives and extracurriculars? What do schedules look like at the next level and how does the schedule affect services?

For more information or to request language interpretation services, please email Kathy Anthony at anthony_k@4j.lane.edu.

Mark your calendars! Future symposiums will be held on:
• Tuesday, April 2, 6–7 p.m. (RSVP or invite your friends)
• Tuesday, June 4, 6–7 p.m. (RSVP or invite your friends)

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Join Team Eugene: Special Educator Interview Day Feb. 2

Pre-apply or drop in to interview 

Special education teachers and specialists—we want YOU to join Team Eugene!

Eugene School District 4J will hold a special day for special educators on Saturday, Feb. 2, conducting interviews in the following areas:

• Special Education Teachers
• School Psychologists & Interns
• Speech Pathologists
• Behavior Specialists

Special Educator Interview Day
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, 9 a.m.–Noon
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

To be pre-scheduled for an interview, please go to www.4j.lane.edu/hr/jobs, click the Browse Online Job Listings button, and apply to the active postings. You may apply to all positions of interest. In order to receive an interview, you must have a completed application.

Walk-ins are welcome, and computer stations will be available for walk-in applicants to complete an application and apply to the postings on the spot. For more information or for assistance applying, please contact 4J Student Services Department at 541-790-7867.

Do you know other special educators who may be interested in joining Team Eugene? Please invite your friends!

About Eugene School District 4J:

Eugene School District 4J is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity and valuing the cultural, educational, and life experience of each student and employee, as well as equitable outcomes for all students.

As a student-centered district, we focus on creating a strong educational experience for every child. We do that in a culture that also nurtures educators and encourages them to collaborate, innovate and share with each other. We’re proud of the opportunities we provide to learn and grow—for both students and educators. Come join us in Team Eugene!

RSVP (optional!) or invite friends 

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School Choice Deadline Is Coming Up

Thursday is last day for 4J residents to enter lottery

Learn More  |  Apply Online by Jan. 31  

In Eugene School District 4J, families may choose their school, provided space is available. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school or request a different school. Lotteries determine the order in which requests are accepted.

Options include language immersion programs in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and French, as well as other alternative and neighborhood schools.

All students wishing to enroll in a school that is not their neighborhood school must submit an application, including younger siblings of current students, students who have moved out of the school neighborhood, and students progressing to middle school or high school.

Enrollment in Eugene International High School at Churchill, Sheldon and South Eugene also requires a school choice application. (North Eugene HS is an International Baccalaureate World School and all students take IB classes.)

Don’t miss the deadline! 4J residents must apply between January 1–31 to be included in the annual school choice lottery. Families who live outside 4J apply later, March 1–31, and should be aware of changes in state laws this year.

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