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Coffee with the Superintendent

District leader invites community for coffee and conversation

Coffee With the Superintendent
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Cal Young Middle School library, 2555 Gilham Rd.
(invite your friends!)

Drop-in on Wednesday evening for a cup of coffee and casual conversation with 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas!

This informal gathering is an opportunity for parents, students, staff and other community members to talk with the superintendent, learn about important things happening in the district, ask questions and share your ideas and feedback.

Several “Coffee With the Superintendent” events are held throughout the school year.  This is the third coffee event this year and later meetings will be held at different locations around the district. Times will vary between mornings and afternoons to accommodate differing schedules.

Whether you have a specific question or idea, or simply want to hear more about the district’s biggest priorities, challenges and successes, please consider joining us at an upcoming coffee chat.

RSVP or invite your friends 

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CLC Transition: Parent Info Night Jan. 18

Let’s talk about your student’s transition to middle and high school!

Parents of students receiving Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC) special education services, mark your calendars! You’re invited to come talk with 4J special education administrators and teachers about your child’s upcoming transition to the next steps in their education.

On Thursday, January 18, 4J’s Student Services Department will hold a transition info night to provide important information for parents of students receiving CLC services who are about to progress to middle school or high school.

5th Grade Parents: 5:15–6:15 p.m. We’ll cover:

  • Middle school schedule
  • Access to general education
  • Service delivery models
  • Transition activities
  • Location selection process
  • …and more.

8th grade parents: 6:15–7:15 p.m. We’ll cover:

  • High school programs
  • Types of credits
  • Graduation requirements
  • Diploma options
  • Post-grad offerings
  • Location selection process
  • …and more.

Location: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Tower Room

Childcare provided.
Spanish interpretation provided.
Light refreshments served.

RSVP (optional!) or invite your friends

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Healthy and Safe Schools

Eugene School District 4J provides safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play.

The district has developed a plan in accordance with Oregon law to maintain safe and healthy school facilities for all students. This plan covers all school buildings and addresses areas including radon, lead in drinking water, lead paint, and integrated pest management. All Oregon school districts must annually provide a statement regarding the Healthy and Safe Schools Plan.

The district’s Healthy and Safe Schools Plan is up to date and all required testing has been completed.

In 2017 the district completed its comprehensive testing for lead in all water taps used for drinking water and food preparation and mitigation where elevated levels of lead were identified. Proposals were solicited for future radon testing. The old buildings for River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School and Arts & Technology Academy (former site of Jefferson Middle School) were demolished; new school buildings opened and comprehensive testing of water sources in the newly constructed buildings was completed.

To see the Eugene School District’s healthy schools plan and the results of water testing, please see:

The person responsible for maintaining and implementing the district’s Healthy and Safe Schools Plan is Ryan Spain, Facilities & Maintenance Manager, 541-790-7400, spain_r@4j.lane.edu.

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It’s School Choice Time

Come see what our schools offer!

Learn More  |  Apply Online Jan. 1–31  

In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request enrollment in a different 4J school, provided there is a place available. Out-of-district residents also are welcome to apply for a transfer on a different schedule.

School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery. To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by Wednesday, January 31, at midnight. This is an earlier deadline than in previous years.

Non-district residents must apply between March 1 and Friday, April 1, at midnight.

All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings, students who have moved out of the neighborhood or district but want to stay enrolled at their current school, and incoming high school students seeking to enroll in an International High School program.

If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about 4J’s many wonderful schools and their school choice options!

School Visits
When: January 
Where: All 4J schools
What: Events and tours provided for parents to visit schools
Schedule: School tours and info nights

Elementary School Showcase
When: Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Where: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
What: One-stop school choice information fair: Learn about the school choice process. Talk to representatives from every 4J elementary school. Spanish interpretation provided.

School Choice Information Meetings
When:
• Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Offered during the School Showcase
• Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.: School choice parent info night for all families
• Tuesday, Mar. 13, 7 p.m.: Open enrollment info night for out-of-district families
Where: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
What: Get answers about the school choice process. Spanish interpretation provided.

Learn more:
www.4j.lane.edu/choice

Apply online January 1–31: 
4Jschoolchoice.com

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Superintendent Community Meeting: 4J Vision 20/20

Come discuss our roadmap for the future—the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan

Parents, students, staff and community members are invited to meet with 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m., to learn about the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan, ask questions and provide feedback. Please join us and invite your friends!

At this community meeting, the superintendent will share and discuss key elements of the 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan and the efforts underway in our school district to meet its goals.

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, 6–7 p.m.
Roosevelt Middle School, 500 E. 24th Ave.
(RSVP or invite friends on Facebook

The Eugene School District’s 4J Vision 20/20 strategic plan was developed in partnership with the community and adopted last year by the school board. The plan is a roadmap to guide the school district’s efforts and resources for the next three to five years.

Vision: Every Student Connected to Community and Empowered to Succeed.

  • Goal I:  Educational Excellence with Equitable Access and Outcomes for Every Student
  • Goal II:  Multiple Pathways to Student Success
  • Goal III:  Communication and Connection with Community
  • Goal IV:  Diverse World‐Class Workforce
  • Goal V: Stable, Sustainable Stewardship

Learn more about the 4J Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan.

Additional community meetings with the superintendent on different topics will be held throughout the school year.

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – December 2017 – Issue 300

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4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • December 11, 2017 • Issue Number 300

MINDFUL LIVING WORKSHOP

The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Cascade Health, is offering a free Mindful Living wellness class to 4J employees. The class will take place:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cal Young Middle School Library

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn what mindfulness is and how it can improve your sense of well-being
  • Practice strategies to become more mindful through guided exercises
  • Explore how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, January 2nd to Julie Wenzl: wenzl@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7682.

QUICK WELLNESS ACTIONS

Sometimes a small action can have a big impact. If you are looking for a wellness boost, consider the following:

  • Take five deep breaths, inhale slowly and exhale.
  • Write down three things you are thankful for today.
  • Set a physical activity goal for today and do it.
  • Crank up your favorite tunes and rock on!
  • Dance around while you are doing your work.
  • Go to be early today and get 8 hours of sleep.
  • Invite a friend to take a walk after work today.
  • Volunteer to help a friend today with something.
  • Eat your lunch outside with a friend (weather permitting of course).
  • High-five 3 friends today!

Thanks to Rachel Farkas for sharing some fun and easy wellness ideas!

DELTA DENTAL PLAN 4 TO PLAN 5

If you moved from ODS Dental Plan 4 to Delta Dental Plan 5 during this fall’s open enrollment, you should have received incentive credit on your new Plan 5 based on your previous utilization history. Moda credited you with 10% for each year you received dental services on Plan 4. Based on your previous utilization, you should be on either the 70, 80, 90, or 100% incentive level. Please note that incentive level will apply to Preventive and Restorative services only. All other services on Plan 5 will be paid at the Plan’s appropriate constant benefit level.

Simple extractions, oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, fillings, and inlays are all considered “Restorative” or “Basic Restorative” type services. All of these services are paid at the member’s incentive level.

If you believe you may not have been placed on the correct incentive level, please contact Moda Dental Customer Service directly at 866-923-0410.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

The holiday season is a great time for seeing family and friends and appreciating the relationships we share. Long-running traditions also give us something to look forward to, as if we have a built-in photo album of happy memories. New research says that those memories might actually be able to reduce our stress – just in time for the holiday season! Take a moment to remember the good times and find a happy place.

Researchers at Rutgers University recently conducted a study on memory recall and brain activity. Two groups of participants plunged their hands into ice-cold water; one group was asked to recall a positive memory, the other was asked to recall a neutral memory. When their levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone,” were studied, the people who recalled a positive memory “experienced a surge just 15 percent of what those in the first group suffered.” The positive memories actually kept their stress lower than the other group. Brain scans for the happy memory participants also revealed increased activity in the area of the brain that is associated with reward processing.

As it turns out, we may have a built-in tool for relieving our own stress – and holiday nostalgia may actually serve a great purpose. To put your happy memories into practice, find a quiet moment to concentrate on your memory. (For context, the study participants thought about their memories for just 14 seconds.) Another way to tap into your past experiences is to write them down, paying attention to the details, and doing a bit of “mindful writing.” Try writing down your memory as if you were telling it as a story, in third person, which can help you step back from a stressful situation. Do your best to focus only on the memory – how you felt, what you saw, what you heard, even how it smelled and what the temperature was. What were you wearing? Who was there? Recalling a fond memory can get you out of your head for a while and help you reconnect to the people you love.

If you think the holidays are getting to you, think of a happy time. A sweet blast from the past might be just the medicine you need!

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT REIMBURSEMENT DEADLINE

You have until December 31, 2017, to submit receipts for unreimbursed health related or dependent care expenses incurred during the October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017, plan year.

Up to $500 of remaining funds in your FSA for unreimbursed health related expenses will rollover automatically after December 31, 2017. Any unused money left in your FSA for dependent care expenses at the end of the plan year will be forfeited, as per IRS regulations.

If you have any questions, the PacificSource Administrators Customer Service number is 541-485-7488. You can access the PSA website at http://psa.pacificsource.com/PSA/.

MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE

Vaccinations not only protect adults and children from developing a potentially serious disease, but they also protect the community by reducing the spread of infectious disease. If enough people are immunized, diseases are less likely to be transmitted through a population.

Through your Moda Health pharmacy benefit, you can receive immunization services at select network pharmacies.

Among the vaccines available through the pharmacy benefit is the vaccine for meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is a rare but potentially fatal condition that causes meningitis, which affects the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to permanent neurological damage such as hearing loss or learning disabilities and can even progress to death within 24 to 48 hours. It is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions from the infected individual.

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.

The following are some of the network pharmacies that provide vaccines:

  • Rite Aid
  • Fred Meyer
  • Target
  • Bi-Mart
  • Safeway

For a complete list of network pharmacies or if you have questions, please call Moda Health Pharmacy Customer Service at 866-923-0411. Information about Moda pharmacy services, including other vaccinations covered at pharmacies, can be found online: https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/members/pharmacy.shtml

WELLNESS CLINIC CLOSURE

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be closed during part of winter break: December 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018. Please plan ahead if you will need prescription refills during that period. If you have an urgent medical need arise during the clinic closure, please seek care at an urgent care or other primary care clinic.

Regular clinic hours, which resume January 2, 2018, are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The phone number for the clinic is 541-686-1427.

BENEFITS SURVEY – REMINDER

If you have not yet completed the licensed employee survey regarding benefits, please take a few minutes to do so. The Google survey link was e-mailed to eligible employees December 1, 2017. The link will be open through January 5, 2018.

 


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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District Dedicated to Educating Every Child

Superintendent Balderas speaks on students’ behavioral needs

Read the superintendent’s article in the Register-Guard 

This message from Superintendent Gustavo Balderas was published in the Eugene Register-Guard on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

“For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.” –James Baldwin 

The Eugene Register-Guard recently published several articles detailing concerns about an upsurge of behavioral issues at an elementary school in Eugene. This has brought attention to an important issue: the rising incidence and intensity of significant behavior issues, not just at one school, but in schools across our community and across the country.

As educators and community members, we must all come together to help every student succeed.

Behavioral struggles  

Public schools have a moral and legal obligation to educate every child. In Eugene School District 4J we work to provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive learning environment and an excellent education for every student who comes through our doors.

All students begin their education with learning needs, including academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs. Some kids sail through school. Others need specialized support to succeed.

Some students struggle with self-regulating their emotions and behaviors, and may act out when a situation causes frustration, disappointment or anger. These students come from all segments of our community and include general education students and students eligible for special education services.

Significant behavior issues are often related to an emotional behavioral disorder or other disability. They also may stem from underlying factors such as trauma, physical or mental health issues, economic stresses, or other family difficulties.

Students with behavioral needs are not just “undisciplined,” as some have suggested. These students may be bright, talented and personable. They don’t want to have outbursts that disrupt their classrooms and distress their friends and classmates. But they have a hard time regulating their responses when faced with a triggering situation that most other students would work through without much difficulty.

Classroom challenges 

Behavior incidents can be challenging for staff and disconcerting for other students. They can disrupt classrooms and derail a teacher’s carefully crafted lesson plans. They can at times be self harming or be harmful to another student or staff member. And they’re not abstract—these incidents involve real children, both those who have behavioral issues and the other students around them, as well as staff members.

If a student’s behaviors interfere with learning, our schools work together with parents, students and specialized professionals to understand the functions of the behavior and address the needed skills. Just like learning to read or write, students need to be taught how to manage their behaviors

Usually behavioral responses are addressed in the classroom. At other times, a student may need to leave the classroom to access supports to manage their behavior, such as a behavior intervention classroom or time with the school counselor or principal. More rarely, the best approach is to lead other students out of the room and address behaviors after the student has calmed down.

Problematic behaviors do not go unnoticed or unchecked. School staff work with students individually and address every behavioral incident that occurs. They teach skills and establish systems to help students learn to navigate the frustrations of their daily environment without behavioral responses that interfere with their own and others’ learning.

A growing concern 

Behavior issues are on the rise here in Eugene, in other school districts, and across the U.S.

It is not a new phenomenon to have students with challenging behaviors. Over time, though, we have seen more students coming to school with emotional and behavioral difficulties, and more complex, verbal and aggressive behaviors.

Students with behavioral needs may require significant support to learn to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors. At the same time, they also must have academic and social learning opportunities.

Educating every child 

Whatever their behavioral or other learning needs, every child deserves the opportunity to learn. By federal law, every child has the right to a free and appropriate public education, provided in the least restrictive educational environment, to the maximum extent appropriate for that student’s learning needs.

As much as possible, students with disabilities learn in classrooms alongside their nondisabled peers, aided by specific instruction and accommodations to allow them to access their education. We know from educational research and experience that inclusion in general education classrooms results in better outcomes for students.

That does not mean that every student is best served in the same learning environment.

Many students with behavioral needs do best when they learn primarily in the classroom with their peers, combined with some time in a specific program to address their particular learning needs. For a small number of students, the appropriate placement may be a special school, to provide the learning environment the child needs to build the necessary skills to participate with general education peers.

Each child is complex and unique. A team of the student’s parents, teachers and professional specialists works together to determine the appropriate educational placement and supports for a student with special needs.

We can do better 

Oregon schools have limited resources, but we are making improvements within the means we have.

Schools need to have a web of interventions to identify students with behavioral or academic needs and give them the support they need to succeed. In 4J we are establishing a more comprehensive system of supports for students with different levels of need.

Our educators do amazing work with our students under challenging circumstances. They implement systems to support positive behaviors among all students, and interventions for students who need more help. We are focused on expanding, strengthening and aligning these systems to best serve all students and support our educators in their work.

Every 4J school works to achieve a positive, safe and welcoming school climate for all students.

Many schools have established schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), in which expectations for students are predictable, directly taught, consistently acknowledged, culturally responsive, restorative in nature and actively monitored.

Restorative justice practices are being explored to support individual growth and positive climates for all schools. Restorative justice shifts from solely punishing individuals for wrongdoing to holding people accountable for their actions and focusing on repairing harm and preventing its recurrence.

Social emotional learning is another area of focus. This proactive approach builds resiliency and skills that help avoid behavior issues, by helping all students learn self-awareness, social awareness, relational skills, responsible decision-making and self-management.

Even within a very tight budget, we are devoting more resources to address the increasing frequency and intensity of student behavior issues. We have established full-time counselors at every elementary school, added educational assistants to provide behavioral supports, and worked to reduce class sizes of both general education and behavior classrooms where we can. We offer staff training including trauma-informed care, de-escalation and functional behavioral assessment. Additional supports are targeted where they’re most needed; when behavior incidents rose significantly in one school this fall, we provided extensive support, added staffing, gave additional training and made other adjustments to help stabilize behaviors.

Safe schools for all 

We are committed to keeping all of our students and staff safe and able to learn, with the learning environment and educational services they need to succeed.

We strive to ensure our staff and students have the skills and resiliency to teach and learn in an inclusive learning environment with students with a variety of strengths, challenges and backgrounds.

We will not blame or shame our struggling students, their caring families or our devoted educators.

People in our community care deeply about children and public education. In Eugene School District 4J, we have more than 17,000 students who are incredible, inspiring and unique. We have active and supportive parents who care deeply about their children and their peers, and about what we are doing to help them succeed. We have devoted staff members who give their all to serve our students. We have a community that cares about teaching and learning and believes in the importance of public education.

The widespread rise in behavior concerns is not only a school issue, it’s a challenging and complex societal issue. There are no easy answers, no easy fixes, but in Eugene we have a strong foundation in our community. We value our community partnerships to continue the hard work of meeting all students’ needs—both students who struggle with behavior and their peers. We are in this work together.

Our schools should be places where every student, every staff member, and every family feels safe, welcome and successful.

These are all our children.

–Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent
Eugene School District 4J

 

Read the superintendent’s article published in the Register-Guard 

 

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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter December 2017 Issue #4

Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter
Diana McElhinney, Classified Staff Benefits Coordinato
Phone: 541- 790-7679 e-mail:  mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu                   

Jasper Mountain Holiday Drive            November 20 – December 14

OSEA is sponsoring our Annual Holiday Donation Drive to benefit the children residing at Jasper Mountain Child Center.   Jasper Mountain is a residential treatment program that provides a loving, nurturing, and stable environment for children who have experienced severe abuse and neglect.

Please consider donations when shopping for your own family.  OSEA members are providing boxes at building sites for donation collection.  Donations may also be brought to the Ed Center in the main hall outside of Financial Services.

Wish List for students and residents ages 6-13 yrs. old:
Sports Equipment:  4-square balls, basketballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, soft balls (nerfs, etc.) and footballs.
Art Supplies:  Gel pens, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, coloring books, colored pencils/markers, puzzles (50 to 100 pc), arts and crafts kits, games (math/reading), sketch/drawing pads, Hot Wheels cars/trucks, Legos, books, and playing cards.
Clothing:  Flannel PJ’s/pants, socks/underwear, snow gloves, knit mittens, hats, and long & short sleeved t-shirts (colored)

Mindful Living Workshop

The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Cascade Health, is offering a free Mindful Living wellness class.  The class will take place:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
  • 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cal Young Middle School Library

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn what mindfulness is and how it can improve your sense of well-being
  • Practice strategies to become more mindful through guided exercises
  • Explore how to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 2nd to Diana McElhinney:  mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7679.

Flexible Spending Account Reimbursement Deadline and Rollover Information

You have until December 31, 2017, to submit receipts for unreimbursed health related or dependent care expenses incurred during the October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017 plan year.

Up to $500 of remaining funds in your FSA for unreimbursed health related expenses will rollover automatically after December 31, 2017.  Any unused money left in your FSA for dependent care expenses at the end of the plan year will be forfeited, as per IRS regulations.

Need your rollover amount sooner than January 1, 2018?  PacificSource will grant requests of funds to roll early; however, once the funds roll the member can no longer submit claims for the 2016/17 plan year.  Please be advised that any early roll requests take 7-10 days to complete.  For assistance contact PacificSource at 541-485-7488.

Salmonella Infections Linked to Small Turtles

Since 1975, the FDA has banned selling and distributing turtles with shells less than 4 inches long as pets because they are often linked to Salmonella infections, especially in young children.  All turtles, regardless of size, can carry Salmonella bacteria even if they look healthy and clean.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet turtles.

The CDC recommends that households with young children do not keep turtles or other reptiles as pets.  If you do have turtles, handwashing is the best way to prevent illness.  Wash your hands with soap and water right after handling or caring for small turtles or their tanks.  If properly cared for, turtles have a long life expectancy.

Wellness Clinic Closure

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be closed for during Winter Break:  December 25 to January 1.

Note:  If you need a prescription refilled over winter break, please plan ahead.

Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  The phone number for the clinic is 541-686-1427.

Flu Prevention 101

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.  While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Germs spread this way.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Meningococcal Vaccine

While medical personnel confirm that meningococcal disease is uncommon, we still hear about cases reported such as the recent accounts at Oregon State University.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but potentially fatal condition that causes meningitis, which affects the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.  It is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions from the infected individual.

Vaccinations are some of the most important tools available for preventing disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Through your Moda Health pharmacy benefit, you can receive immunization services at select network pharmacies.  One of the covered vaccines is the Meningococcal vaccine and will cost you nothing if received at a network vaccination pharmacy.

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.  The following network pharmacies provide vaccines:
Rite Aid ∙ Fred Meyer ∙ Target ∙ Bartell Drugs ∙ Safeway

For a complete list of network pharmacies, or if you have questions about eligibility, call Moda Health Pharmacy Customer Service at 866-923-0411.  A complete list of covered vaccinations can be found at: https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/members/pharmacy.shtml

Pharmacy Support Online

Moda’s personalized member website offers you help for your pharmacy care.  Some of the information you can access at myModa includes seeing your prescription history, checking medication costs, finding a pharmacy, reviewing claims and more.  While there, check out all the member online health tools.   To access your myModa account:

  1. Start on the Moda website for OEBB members: https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/.
  2. Log into your myModa account.  If you cannot remember your user name and/or password, please click the link for Forgot your password or Forgot your user name.

If you have not yet set up a myModa account, you will need to Create an account.  To create an account you will need your Subscriber ID that is listed on your Moda Health medical card.  For assistance with your myModa account, contact Moda Health at 866-923-0409.​

Delta Dental Plan 4 to Plan 5

If you moved from Delta Dental Plan 4 to Delta Dental Plan 5 during this fall’s open enrollment, you should have received incentive credit on your new Plan 5 based on your previous utilization history.  Moda credited you with 10% for each year you received dental services on Plan 4.  Based on your previous utilization, you should be on the 70, 80, 90, or 100% incentive level.  Please note that incentive level will apply to Preventive and Restorative services only.  All other services on Plan 5 will be paid at the Plan’s appropriate constant benefit level.

Simple extractions, oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, fillings, and inlays are all considered “Restorative” or “Basic Restorative” type services.  All of these services would be paid at the member’s incentive level.

If you believe you may not have been placed on the correct incentive level, please contact Moda Dental Customer Service directly at 866-923-0410.

Dementia Prevention: About one-third of dementia cases could potentially be prevented by improving nine modifiable risk factors.  The nine ways to reduce risk are to increase education, physical activity, and social engagement and prevent or treat hearing loss, hypertension, obesity, smoking, depression, and diabetes.

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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.

“December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come” – Fennel Hudson

Diana McElhinney, Classified Staff Benefits Coordinator
Phone: 541- 790-7679 e-mail:  mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu                     

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School Choice Season Is Coming

Earlier deadline: Visit schools and apply Jan. 1–31 

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The school choice period for the 2018–19 school year is coming soon: January 2018.

In Eugene School District 4J, every 4J school offers students excellent educational opportunities. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request to enroll in a different 4J school if space is available. School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery.

To be included in the annual school choice lottery, 4J residents must apply between January 1 and January 31, by midnight. This deadline is earlier than in past years. Non-district residents apply later, between March 1 and April 1.

Families are invited to explore their school choice options, including their neighborhood school, during the January school choice period. All 4J schools will hold tours and other opportunities to visit in January. The district will hold an Elementary School Showcase with all elementary schools on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Elementary School Showcase
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene

  • One-stop school choice information fair!
  • Learn about the school choice process
  • Talk to representatives from every 4J school
  • Spanish interpretation provided

School Choice Information Meetings
Saturday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (during the Elementary School Showcase)
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
4J Education Center, 200 North Monroe St.

  • Get answers about the school choice process
  • Spanish interpretation provided

School Tours and Events
January 2018

Learn More  |  Español

 

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Bridging the Digital Divide: Free Devices Help Students

4J partners with Sprint to provide smartphones and internet access to support student achievement

This is the digital age—and some of our students are facing a digital divide. Eugene School District 4J is partnering with Sprint to help bridge this divide.

As the use of technology has become more integrated into classrooms, the need for students to have internet access has increased. Nearly two-thirds of students use the internet at home to complete their homework and school-related activities. However, many 4J students do not have adequate internet access at home. These students suffer from a “homework gap,” impacting their ability to succeed.

The digital divide also is an obstacle to parent engagement. Many 4J schools and teachers use online grading and communication systems, so parents need internet access to stay informed of their child’s academic progress.

To help support students and parents, a team from Eugene School District 4J researched opportunities and wrote a successful grant for the Sprint 1Million Project.

Over the next five years, 4J will provide free smartphones or other wireless devices and high-speed internet connectivity to eligible high school students, while supplies last. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a 4J high school and lack adequate internet access at home.

4J is distributing 300 smartphones to eligible students this school year. In the 2018–19 school year, the district will have an additional 200 devices to distribute to eligible students.

Sprint covers the costs, providing the devices at no cost to the district, and providing service at no charge while the student is enrolled in high school. Students get to keep their phone or other device after they complete high school.

Getting connected is easy! Parents simply fill out an application (English or Español) and return it to the school. For more information, contact your school’s finance office.

For more information about the program, see Sprint 1Million Project.

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