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Supports for Students During School Closure

Free lunches, healthcare services available Mon.–Fri., March 16–20

School is canceled for students beginning Monday, March 16, a week before the scheduled start of spring break, in accordance with Gov. Kate Brown’s directive to temporarily close all K–12 schools in Oregon. School is scheduled to resume for students on April 1 April 28 (extended by the Governor).

Eugene School District 4J will offer key supports this week to help ease the impacts of the school closure on families. Schools are an important source of nutritious meals and other supports for many students. The district will provide free meals every weekday including during spring break. The district’s school-based health centers remain open except during spring break.

Free Meals for Students 

Free grab-and-go meals will be available for students and for all youth 18 and younger at several sites across the district each weekday. Families can choose the location that is most convenient for them, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Dates: MondayFriday 
Hours: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
• Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 West 22nd Ave.
• Awbrey Park Elementary School, 158 Spring Creek Dr.
• ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St.
• Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.
• Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
• South Eugene High School, 400 East 19th Ave. (in back by the cafeteria)

Student Healthcare

School-based health centers at Churchill and North Eugene high schools will remain open the week before spring break, March 16–20, to provide healthcare to 4J students. The health centers can bill private insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will also provide treatment for those unable to afford medical care. Please call the clinics to schedule appointments. Churchill: 541-790-5227 • North Eugene: 541-790-4445

Mental Health & Social Services 

HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools), a community partner that provides mobile crisis response support to 4J and other high schools, will offer mental health support by phone for high school students, families and staff while schools are closed. Staff are able to provide short-term counseling, resource referrals and Oregon Health Plan signup. Available weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 541-246-2342.

The White Bird Crisis Line will continue to be accessible 24/7 by phone at 541-687-4000. 15th Night will also be continuing to offer support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at 541-246-4046. Many other social services in the area are also working on providing phone or virtual services.

Other Resources

Coronavirus COVID-19 information:
Eugene School District 4J (4J)
Lane County Public Health (LCPH)
• Oregon Health Authority (OHA)
• U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Coronavirus COVID-19 questions:
• Lane County Call Center — call 541-682-1380
Oregon 211 — call 211 or text 898211

Resources for financially impacted families: 
Unemployment Benefits and COVID-19
EWEB Customer Care
NW Natural Customer Care
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Food for Lane CountyFood Pantry Sites

Managing stress and talking with children about coronavirus:
Talking to Children About Coronavirus COVID-19 (NASP/NASN)
Talking With Children About Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA)
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA)

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