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Coronavirus: Teaching and Learning While School Buildings Are Closed


Eugene School District 4J is working hard to help meet the needs of students and families while school buildings are closed, including implementing remote learning in phases. We appreciate your patience while all Oregon school districts work to adapt our instructional delivery models virtually overnight.


 

Student Home Technology Support 

We are working to remove barriers and ensure that all 4J students can have regular access to curriculum materials and learning opportunities and can remain connected to their teachers and schools.

The district can provide support if needed, with the loan of a student device or help accessing the internet at home. More than 4,000 school laptops and tablets have been loaned to students for use at home so far.

Please contact your school if you need help with technology for your student to access learning. If Spanish-speaking school staff are not readily available, Spanish-speaking families may leave a message at 541-790-7531. A bilingual staff member will follow up to help with accessing technology support.  

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Home Learning Enrichment Activities

4J educators have compiled educational activities and strategies, organized by grade level, that families can use to keep students engaged in learning at home while their school building is closed. These do not replace classroom instruction, but provide families some free, optional, easy-to-implement activities to provide structure, help students stay engaged and prevent learning loss during an extended break.

Families can partner with their children to complete these activities, which cover multiple subject areas and include consideration for students’ special needs and physical and mental wellness. Resources for students receiving special education and English language learning supports are included. Some activities include learning with devices and technology, while others do not—similar to the student experience during a typical school day.

Online Resources

Printable Packets

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Remote Supplemental Education (started April 6)

Our teachers are reconnecting with students starting April 6 to prepare for distance learning and provide remote supplemental education that reviews, extends and enriches previous content.

Supplemental education activities will be developed by teachers and designed to be done at home. Some activities will be online, others may be paper and pencil, and still others will be more physical in nature. 

Please watch for more information to come from your school about how, where and when to connect with learning from home.

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Distance Learning for All (starting April 13)

In new guidance issued March 30, the Oregon Department of Education noted that it foresees a potential that our students may not return to classrooms this year, and pivoted from advising Oregon public schools to provide short-term supplemental learning and review, to directing that schools provide more substantive, graded, credit-bearing distance education for all students.

This is a major transition. While it will be challenging to implement substantive distance learning on a short timeline and as equitably as possible, our district is already working to develop and implement a plan.  

Starting the week of April 13, 4J schools will begin the transition to comprehensive distance learning, with elementary school students shifting from review to learning new content, and middle and high school students beginning new spring term courses. Distance learning does not mean only online education, and will likely include a blend of teaching modes, including online instruction and offline methods such as paper assignments and phone calls. It will not look like a regular in-school day. We are working to meet the varying needs of all learners across all grades as best we can.

The transition will take time and will not be perfect. There are significant barriers and challenges to changing our education delivery model almost immediately and overnight. We ask for the support, patience and flexibility of all of our families, students and staff, as we shift to a new model of educating students from afar. Thank you for your understanding and grace during this major transition.

Distance Learning for 4J Students
State Distance Learning Guidance
ODE: Family Guide for At-Home Learning 

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State Tests Canceled  

The State of Oregon has announced that it is suspending state tests—the statewide summative assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3–8 & 11 and science in grades 5, 8, & 11—for the 2019–20 school year. In this exceptional situation, the U.S. Department of Education has allowed a waiver to federal requirements for statewide assessments and accountability.

The Essential Skills requirements for high school graduation, which most students meet by showing proficiency on statewide assessments, also will be suspended for the 2019–20 school year.

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High School Graduation

We are committed to ensuring that our high school seniors’ hard work and accomplishments over 12-2/3 years of school are not diminished by an unprecedented closure during the last few months of your final school year. It may be devastating news that our 2020 seniors won’t have the traditional opportunities to celebrate in person with your classmates and close this special chapter in your lives. We will work to reimagine year-end experiences such as proms and graduation ceremonies. We want all of our students to have the opportunity for connection, belonging and optimism. We will ensure our seniors have opportunities to be seen and honored for your accomplishments.

On April 8, along with the Governor Kate Brown’s announcement that school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year, came a new plan for high school graduation requirements for students set to graduate in June 2020. There is no change to the number of credits required to graduate, but Essential Skills and Personalized Learning Requirements are suspended. Oregon high schools will be using a Pass / Incomplete grading system for the distance learning period. Additionally, third trimester course credits will be based on the senior’s course progress prior to the school closure (March 13). The purpose of this is to recognize progress and award credits towards the 24-credit Oregon Diploma requirement even though school is closed. The goal is to not penalize any senior for this crisis.

While we are still digging into the details of this new guidance, we are working to ensure that every member of the Class of 2020 can access supports for their well-being, ongoing learning, high school completion and transition to career and college. We will focus our resources to support students to graduate and then prepare all graduates for the next steps in life.

For those seniors who don’t have enough credits yet, we will create individualized plans to help them earn credits to stay on track with the Class of 2020. As we evaluate the new graduation guidance, your high school will communicate additional details directly to you, and high school seniors will receive individual guidance on next steps.

This is a global crisis, and national and international organizations also are making changes in elective tests and programs, including:

We will continue to provide updates as more information is available.

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updated April 11, 2020