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Wondering About Winter Weather?

IMPORTANT: School closure alerts are NOT posted on this page.
Go to the homepage, www.4j.lane.edu, to check for closure information.

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Winter weather is on its way! Here is some key information families need to know.

When hazardous weather is a concern, decisions regarding schedule changes are made in the early morning, before school, when current weather conditions can be assessed. Decisions are made districtwide and are the same for every 4J school.

Our main concern is the safety of our students and staff. We also believe students and families are best served when schools are open. We will always do our best to make the best decision possible, taking into account all of the factors.

How To Find Out: If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes, it will be announced in several ways, all normally before 6:30 a.m., including:

  • Text-message alerts will be sent to subscribers via Twitter.
  • Local news media will share closure information on their websites and broadcasts.
  • District website: A notice will be posted on this website’s homepage, www.4j.lane.edu.

NO NEWS = NO CHANGE. If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes due to inclement weather, Eugene School District 4J will announce the change. On days when school is in session and on regular schedule, DO NOT expect the district to make an announcement.

Snow Routes: Parents of students who ride school buses that sometimes use snow routes have been informed of what to do when snow routes are in effect. Snow route information is available on the snow routes page.

LTD buses may also be delayed or detoured when there is ice or snow on the ground. Detour information will be posted on the LTD website, www.ltd.org, and publicized to local news media.

Delayed Starts and Early Dismissal: The district generally will avoid delayed starts and early dismissal due to weather. However, it is possible that unpredictable or sudden weather conditions will require such a decision to be made.

If a weather-related delay occurs on a day that normally would have been a late-start or early-release day, the late-start or early-release schedule will be canceled. The schedule for delayed opening on a normal day will be followed. (Example: Your school day normally starts at 8:30 and ends at 2:45, and on Wednesdays it has an early release at 1:45. If there is a delayed start due to weather, your school day will start at 10:30, two hours later than normal, and will end at 2:45 even if it is a Wednesday.)

Staff Work Schedules: Many staff still report to work when schools are closed. (Information for staff)

Parent Choice: On any day when inclement weather is a concern and school is in session, families are encouraged to consider road conditions in their areas and make their own decisions based on safety. Please call your school if your child will be absent. Parents’ individual decisions about school attendance for this reason will be honored.



Sign Up for Text-Message Alerts

You can sign up to receive alerts about weather-related school closures and schedule changes. This text service is provided via Twitter and is free, except for standard text messaging rates as determined by your mobile phone plan.

  • Sign up for text alerts: Use your mobile phone to send a text message to 40404 that says FOLLOW 4JWEATHER 
  • Confirmation: You will receive a text message confirming your subscription
  • Getting extra messages that you don’t want? Reply SET DISCOVER OFF to stop those messages
  • Want to unsubscribe? Reply STOP — or if you follow other accounts and want to unsubscribe only from 4J weather alerts, reply UNFOLLOW 4JWEATHER

Be aware: It is impossible to guarantee text message delivery 100% of the time, and your alert may be delayed or blocked. If you are concerned about the weather and have not received an alert by 6:30 a.m., check the 4J website, radio or TV for information about closures, delays or snow routes.


More information about using Twitter via your mobile phone is available here.


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