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New Standard School Schedules (2018)

4J schools have new daily schedules for 2018–19
Learning time: Enough, equal, consistent

Eugene School District 4J is moving to a consistent calendar and standard schedules for all schools in 2018–19 to provide enough, fair and equal instruction time for students, consistent schedules for families, and coordinated collaboration time for staff.

New Schedules (starting Sept. 5, 2018)


Friday Early Release

Recess / Lunch / Break / Passing Time

Annual Instruction Hours

(minus any non-academic assemblies, etc.)

Elementary Schools 

Camas Ridge 
Spring Creek 
Twin Oaks

7:55 a.m.–2:25 p.m. 1:10 p.m. every Friday 60 minutes on regular days

50 minutes on early release day


Awbrey Park 
Buena Vista 
Chinese Imm.
Family School
River Road
Yujin Gakuen 
8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m. every Friday

Middle Schools 

9:00 a.m.–3:35 p.m. 2:35 p.m. every Friday 54 minutes 935.2

High Schools 

8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. every Friday 57 minutes 1009.6


What Is Changing

Previously each 4J school has had a different calendar and schedule, which was inconsistent for families and led to significant differences in the amount of learning time for each student and active teaching time for each teacher.

The change to standard calendars and schedules will:

  • ensure schools provide enough instruction time for students and meet state standards
  • provide fair and equal learning time and increase learning time for most students
  • provide consistent, predictable schedules for families, and
  • enable coordinated time for staff collaboration and professional development.

The specific school schedules were developed through a community engagement process. The final schedules were published in May 2018 and parameters were affirmed by the school board in June 2018.

To align schedules across the district, every school will have some changes from its previous schedule.

Calendar = Year
Schedule = Day & Week

Annual calendars: Starting in fall 2018, all schools at each level will have the same calendar, without extra no-school days and half-days at individual schools.

Calendars also will be more similar between elementary, middle and high schools, with nearly the same school days, no-school days and half-days at all school levels.

2018–19 Annual School Calendars

Daily schedules: Daily and weekly school schedules also will be aligned across the district.

Previously, schools had different starting and ending times, different school day lengths, and different early-release, late-start and no-school days.

Starting in fall 2018, schools will have consistent start and end times, coordinated to provide equitable learning time and allow for efficient student transportation. All schools will have the same early-release days for staff planning, collaboration and professional development.

2018–19 School Schedules

Why This Matters

Standard calendars and schedules will benefit students, families, staff and community:

Students: Enough and equal learning time, no matter which school they attend

Families: Predictable, consistent, coordinated, clearly communicated school calendars

Staff: Equitable teaching and prep time for teachers at each school level; coordinated opportunities for collaboration and professional development

Community: Childcare, events, enrichment programs and other opportunities can be aligned to district-wide no-school and early release days

Efficiency: Systems streamlined for school supports, such as coordinated transportation routes (previously schools had 12 different start times and 13 different end times for regular school days, as well as 243 special one-day bus schedules last year)


Eugene School District 4J had been discussing changing to a consistent calendar and schedule for more than a year before final schedule decisions were made.

The school district and our teachers’ union negotiated an agreement in fall 2017 to allow standard calendars and schedules for all schools to provide enough, equal and fair teaching and learning time for students and teachers and consistent schedules for families.

To develop the standard school schedules, a first draft schedule was published in March 2018 for staff, parent, student and community input. The district considered the input received from staff and families in developing the second draft schedule, which was published in April for further stakeholder review and input. The final proposed schedule included adjustments responsive to the input received from more than 2,500 parents, students, staff and community members. The school board approved the final schedule parameters such as instruction time on June 6.

School-Based Decisions 

The change to consistent calendars and standard schedules is about the time and amount of instruction, not about how instruction is provided during the school day.

Decisions about many aspects of teaching and learning schedules within the school day and week are site-based and include teachers’ and parents’ input.

Schools will continue to decide how to schedule recess, lunch, and breaks within the school day, now with parameters for the amount of non-instructional time to ensure students get enough classroom learning time.

Elementary schools will have 60 minutes of recess and lunch time within the regular school day (a moderate increase for most schools and grades) and 50 minutes on early release days. Middle and high schools will have a similar amount of time for lunch, breaks and passing periods.

Public Input

Questions or comments? Whether you are a student, parent, staff member or other community member, your input about school schedules and other important issues is welcome.

community input form was available online April 24–May 9 for community members to share their thoughts on school schedules.

community forum was held on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30–6:30 p.m., at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., for community members to talk with school board members, learn more about the draft schedules under discussion, and provide feedback. A second community forum was held on May 9, after the second draft schedule had been published. Spanish interpretation was provided.

Public comment also was invited at every regular school board meeting and the school board and superintendent received emails sent to board@4j.lane.edu

More Information

School Calendars
Time to Learn: Instruction Time Counts
New School Schedules Approved (June 2018)
What Changed: Previous School Schedules, Proposed Drafts and Final Standard Schedule