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Coronavirus: Student and Family Resources

Eugene School District 4J and our community partners are sharing resources to help students and families navigate the medical, emotional and financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Student Healthcare

The school-based health center at Churchill High School is closed for part of the summer and will reopen on July 27 to provide healthcare to 4J students. The health center can bill private insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will also provide treatment for those unable to afford medical care. Please call 541-790-5227 to schedule an appointment.

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, is offering 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. The service is available Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., at 541-246-2342.

Churchill High School’s health center and Lane County Behavioral Health are available to aid students who have mental health concerns and need support. The health center can be reached at 541-682-1915, and Lane County Behavioral Health can be reached at 541-682-7253 (English or Spanish).

The following resources are available 24/7 for students in immediate crisis:

15th Night is also offering 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 providing phone or virtual services.

The Child Center helps children, youth and families through mental and/or behavioral health issues via telehealth with some limited in-person appointments.

White Bird Clinic is providing updated information on the status of community resources in operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Self Care & Prevention 

Everyone can do their part to help slow the spread of illness. Gov. Kate Brown has ordered all Oregonians to stay at home as much as possible. They should only go out for essential business, including shopping for groceries and going to work and medical appointments. When out in public, people must stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not a member of their immediate household. (Governor’s Executive Order)

Symptoms of coronavirus, which develop 2 to 14 days after exposure, include fever, cough and shortness of breath. More information about the disease is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. If you have questions or concerns about your or your child’s health, please contact your healthcare provider. (CDC information on COVID-19 symptoms)

Living in social isolation during a pandemic of this scale can take a physical and emotional toll on you and your family. The CDC offers the following wellness tips:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. Walking and hiking outdoors is encouraged as long as you continue to keep your distance.
  • Connect with others by phone or text. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Additional wellness tips from the CDC

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Financial Assistance

Rent Assistance: Applications for rent assistance for Lane County renters open on Wednesday, July 15, at 9 a.m. and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22.
Lane County rent assistance

Utilities: Electric, water, gas and phone utility companies are offering varying levels of assistance to help people impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Utility providers offering financial assistance, less expensive services, or extra services at low or no-cost include:

Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB)
Springfield Utility Board (SUB)
• Emerald People’s Utility District (EPUD)
• NW Natural Gas
• Comcast Internet Essentials (free or low-cost internet access)
CenturyLinkVerizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and others

Unemployment benefits: If you’ve lost your job, you may be eligible for financial benefits.

Oregon Employment Department

Emergency assistance: Numerous community organizations may be able to help if you’re unable to pay the rent, require emergency shelter or are in need of clothing or other essential goods.

Lane County list of emergency assistance providers

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT): The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Education have announced that families with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals or attend a school/program that provides free meals for all students will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school.

The so-called Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) of $5.70 per school day during the closure is intended to offset the cost of meals for students, even if they have been accessing meals from schools during the closure.

If you were receiving meal benefits prior to the pandemic or your student attends a school/program where meals are free for all students, look for a message from DHS to activate benefits.

If you are eligible for free and reduced-price meals, but have not yet applied for benefits, you can apply online. You may also request a paper application to be mailed to your home by emailing nutrition@4j.lane.edu. Your P-EBT benefits will start at the beginning of the month you qualify.

Please note that the 4J is not involved in fund disbursement. If you have questions, call the state helpline at 2-1-1 or the local DHS office at (541) 686-7878.

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More Information

Reliable information and ongoing updates from public health officials are available online, including:

Helpful resources for families include:

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updated July 13, 2020