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Parent Checklist: 15 Things to Do Before Back-to-School

Get ready for back-to-school with bus routes, school schedules, immunizations, and more 

The start of school is just around the corner—we can hardly wait!
• Thursday, Sept. 9: Transition day for grades K, 6 and 9
• Friday, Sept. 10: First day of classes for all grades

Eugene School District 4J is excited to be welcoming students back to school this fall to attend classes on-site full-time, five days a week, after more than a year of distance learning and hybrid on-site/online learning.

Here are some quick, easy and important things parents can do to get ready for your student’s first day.

Enroll Your New Student: If you have a child who will be new to a 4J school this year and is not yet enrolled, please contact your school as soon as possible!
How to enroll 

Mark Your Calendar: School begins after Labor Day and ends in mid-June. Get dates on your calendar now for winter break, spring break and other days when students will be out of school. 
2021–22 school calendar

Review School Start & End Times: 4J schools have consistent calendars, schedules and early release days, so that students get enough and equal learning time, families experience consistent school schedules, and staff have coordinated collaboration time. Check school start and dismissal times:
School schedules

Make Your Bus Plan: Many school bus routes and times have changed this year due to a bus driver shortage. You’ll want to check your bus stop and pickup and dropoff times before the first day of school. Go to the Find My Bus Stop web app, enter your home address and student’s grade, and find your route number, closest bus stop and times. Questions? Contact your school office or call 541-790-7474 and select option 4. Note: All students also can ride for free on LTD buses. Check with your school for LTD bus pass information.
School bus stops & times / Walking, biking route assistance / Students ride free on LTD

Check School Supply Lists: The district is providing standard school supplies for elementary schools this year thanks to additional funding for COVID-related needs. Some elementary schools may send families a request for additional specific supplies, to bring along with their personal water bottles and backpacks. For middle and high schools, please refer to the school supply lists.
2021–22 school supply lists

Get Comfortable Wearing a Face Mask: The State of Oregon requires that face masks be worn indoors at all times by all students and staff, and outdoors when 6 feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained. Students are encouraged to have an extra face covering or two in their backpack or locker in case it’s needed. If your student arrives at the bus stop or school without a face mask, one will be provided so they can get on the bus or come into the school.
Face mask do’s & don’ts / Other health and safety measures

Sign Up for COVID-19 Screening Testing: 4J is pleased to partner with the Oregon Health Authority and the University of Oregon to offer free COVID-19 testing to all 4J students during the 2021–22 school year. The program provides voluntary weekly screening testing for students in grades K–12 via a take-home saliva test. This is an optional program, so interested students must opt-in.
COVID-19 testing for students

Check Up on Student Health: Make sure you’re on track with required routine immunizations and medical examinations (including sports physicals)—both available from 4J’s school-based health centers. Students must meet routine immunization requirements to attend school, such as measles and pertussis. (COVID-19 vaccines are currently available and recommended but not required for students age 12 and older.) If your child has any special health issues, contact your school well before classes begin. Contact your child’s school nurse if you have questions.
Student health information / School-based health center appointments

Update Contact Info: Be sure your school has your current and complete contact information, including your cell phone designated as a mobile number, to communicate with you about emergencies and important school information.
Check contact info in ParentVue

Get Ready for Kindergarten: We’re excited to welcome our new kindergarteners to school on September 9! Kindergarten is a full-day program in 4J. All elementary schools start the first week of school with “Kinderzone,” a child-centered and welcoming introduction to set our new students up for school success. For some suggested steps to help your child get ready for kindergarten, 4J’s Kindergarten Handbook is available online or at your school.
Kindergarten Handbook (y en español) / Kinderzone information

Download the Canvas & ParentVue Apps (grades 6–12): If you have a student enrolled in middle school or high school, you can use Canvas and ParentVue in your web browser or mobile app to securely access your student’s information. Through Canvas you can view course assignments and grade progress and communicate with your student’s teachers. With ParentVue, you can check attendance, review class schedules, view their mid-term and final grades, and more. Your student can provide you with their Canvas pairing code, and your school can provide a ParentVue activation key (and a Canvas pairing code if needed) to set up an account if you do not already have one.
ParentVue: Getting Started / Web Browser Login / Apple iOS app / Android app
Canvas: Getting Started / Web Browser Login / Apple iOS app / Android app

Download the Seesaw Parent and Family App (grades K–5): If you have a student enrolled in elementary school, you can use Seesaw Parent and Family in your web browser or mobile app to securely access your student’s information. Through the Seesaw Parent and Family app you can view and communicate with your student’s teachers. Your school can provide additional information needed to set up an account if you do not already have one.
Seesaw Parent and Family / Apple iOS app / Android app

Get a Library Card: A library card is the most powerful school supply a student can have! Now all students in 4J schools can get a Eugene Public Library card for free—whether or not they live within the Eugene city limits.
Eugene Public Library cards

Be Safe, Feel Safe, Bookmark SafeOregon: To help students feel safe and be safe, 4J schools are offering the SafeOregon tip line as another way to report any student or school safety concern. The tip line is always open. Learn more: www.safeoregon.com
Submit a tip: Online / Email / Text or call / Apple iOS app / Android app 

Eat for Free! All 4J students, regardless of family income, will receive free breakfast and lunch meals at school this year, through June 2022, thanks to the extension of a federal nutrition program. Students may participate in free school meals through ONE of two ways: daily school meals when attending onsite, OR weekly meal boxes when learning from home.
School meal information / Sign up for weekly meal boxes 

Follow 4J on Social Media: Stay connected with 4J. Learn what’s happening in the school district and see photos and news from our schools.
Follow 4J on FacebookTwitter / Instagram

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