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Return to Learning Update: New Metrics for Schools

A message from Superintendent Cydney Vandercar  

Getting students safely back to school in-person is a high priority for Oregon and for Eugene School District 4J.

Display of state public health metrics for returning to on-site learning in schools. Open the linked PDF for screen-readable format. Governor Kate Brown has released updated health metrics and guidance, developed in conjunction with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE), that must be met for schools to return to teaching and learning on-site.

Those interested in the details will find more information here:
ODE Announcement
• New Metrics Overview
Current Case Rates
Ready Schools Safe Learners Guidance

This change does not mean that local students will be returning to school buildings right away. Most schools in our region have been unable to bring students back to school buildings, except for some limited in-person individual supports, given our local COVID-19 public health conditions. Lane County still does not meet the minimum requirements to return to school buildings, either for the elementary grades or for all students. Our coronavirus case rates are too high.

It does make it more likely that our students will be able to resume in-person learning in a hybrid model after winter break, as our district has planned.

These changes are new for all of us. Over the coming days and weeks, we will take time to review the new guidance and evaluate what it will mean for our district’s shift to a hybrid model of online and on-site learning, starting as early as the beginning of January, if public health conditions allow.

Our priorities remain the health and safety of our students, staff and families, and our students’ academic growth and social emotional wellbeing.

We can all help in the effort to get kids back to school by following basic public health practices—including foregoing social gatherings, staying 6 feet apart, wearing masks in public, washing hands frequently, staying home if we’re not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19, and cooperating with contact tracing if contacted by public health officials.

Thank you all for doing your part to reduce the spread.

Cydney Vandercar
Interim Superintendent
Eugene School District 4J

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