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Back to School Update: Timeline for Hybrid Learning

Grades K–1 may return to school buildings March 15, grades 2–12 soon after spring break, if vaccines continue to arrive on schedule 

4J schools are getting ready to welcome students safely back to school buildings this spring.

Once the hybrid learning model begins for their grade, students will learn on-site at school some days and online at home on other days. (Students enrolled in an online-only learning pathway will continue learning from home.)

Hybrid learning will start with the youngest grades and add grades over time, after:
• School staff for the grade level have had opportunity to get both doses of vaccine
• Plus two weeks to develop immunity and prepare for transition to hybrid model
• Public health conditions meet Oregon advisory metrics for reopening schools

Coronavirus metrics for Lane County as of February 16, 2021

Hybrid Timeline Update

With more vaccines being distributed to Lane County, many 4J educators have been able to receive their first vaccine dose more quickly than initially predicted.

Middle and high schools may be able to begin the hybrid model sooner than originally estimated, if local COVID case rates keep improving and vaccines arrive on schedule to provide educators’ second dose.

Updated potential timeline (dependent on vaccines and COVID case rates):
March 8: Elementary classrooms shift
March 15: Grades K–1 begin hybrid learning
• March 20–28: Spring break
• March 29: Trimester 3 for middle and high school
April 5: Grades 2–5 begin hybrid learning
April 12: Grades 6–12 begin hybrid learning

Potential timeline for return to school buildings in hybrid learning model

What To Expect Next

Families will be notified at least 2 weeks before hybrid learning starts for their grade.

Elementary School

Elementary schools must assign students to separate classrooms for the hybrid and online options, adjusting for students who changed their choice this month. These classroom changes will be made shortly before hybrid learning begins—the week of March 8 if the hybrid model is beginning for grades K–1 on March 15 as planned.

Elementary schools also must assign students to hybrid groups. Families enrolled in the hybrid pathway will be notified around the end of February whether their students will come to school on-site on Mondays and Tuesdays or on Thursdays and Fridays. Elementary schools will make every effort to assign students from the same household to the same on-site school days.

Elementary hybrid learning schedule

Middle & High School

Teams of middle and high school teachers will continue working with school and district administrators to line out details in preparation for hybrid learning to begin.

Middle and high school families will be invited soon to change their learning pathway for Trimester 3 if they wish. Students have the choice of three learning pathways: Same School Hybrid, Same School Online, or Eugene Online Academy.

Thank You

We look forward to being able to reopen 4J school buildings and welcome students safely back into classrooms soon.


Learn More

Recent Updates:
February 9
February 4
January 20
January 7

More Information: 
State Metrics for Hybrid Return
Current Case Rates by County
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Health & Safety for On-Site Learning
4J Return to Learning FAQs 

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