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Summer Office Schedules

When to contact school and district offices, school health center

School is out for summer, but you can still get in touch with a school or the district before school resumes in September. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, school buildings and offices are closed to the public. However, staff are working remotely.

Most central office staff work year-round. High school office staff work on a limited schedule during the summer. Elementary and middle school offices close for part of the summer, but staff return to work well before the start of school.

Register for school during summer months

High Schools 

Churchill, North Eugene, Sheldon, South Eugene, ECCO
High school offices continue operating through the summer. Contact your high school secretary for general assistance, or the registrar to register for school, during the summer months.
High school registration

Middle Schools
Closed for the summer. Offices resume operations in mid-August.
Middle school registration

Elementary Schools
Closed for the summer. Offices resume operations in late August.
Elementary school registration

School-Based Health Centers

Health Center at Churchill High School
1850 Bailey Hill Rd., 541-790-5227
Starting July 27, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The health center at Churchill High School is closed June 29–July 24. It will reopen on July 27.

The health center at North Eugene is closed for the summer.

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Summer Courses Available for High Schoolers

4J teachers offer innovative, short summer courses for students entering grades 9–12 

Let’s continue the learning! Eugene School District 4J’s new summer intensive program provides students who will be in grades 9–12 next year an opportunity to extend their learning into the summer months.

The one- to two-week online courses are designed and led by 4J teachers to engage students in innovative learning that includes meaningful experiences outside of a traditional classroom setting.

Course offerings explore exciting and timely topics of global and national importance, and include cultural exploration and culturally diverse themes, as well as the arts and sciences. Most of the courses offer credit upon successful completion.

The 15 courses cover a wide range of topics, including Infectious Disease & You, Advanced Physics Electives, Critical Analysis and Race in America, Equity Leadership & Action, Exploring Native Art & Culture, Watercolor Painting, and Beekeeping Basics.

The courses will be taught virtually via Zoom. The district can provide students with a loaned laptop and help with internet access, if needed.

The first courses begin July 20. Check course descriptions for dates and times.

Summer Intensive Courses:
Information, Course Descriptions and Registration

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4J Nurse Receives Top State Award

Nichoel Fry is Oregon School Nurse of the Year

One of Eugene School District 4J’s outstanding healthcare providers has won the state’s top accolades. Nichoel Fry was named the 2020 School Nurse of the Year by the Oregon School Nurse Association.

Nurse Nichoel Fry has cared for the physical, mental, emotional and social health needs of 4J students for the past six years. She currently serves students at Adams Elementary School, and Camas Ridge Elementary School and Spencer Butte Middle School. Previously she cared for students at Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School and Cal Young Middle School.

Ms. Fry said she was humbled and honored to receive the award and attributes her success to the families she works with and her co-workers. “I really think this award is more of a team award than just being about me,” she said.

Ms. Fry’s passion for student success extends beyond the health room. She has worked with staff to prepare and give presentations on anxiety and suicide prevention in classrooms, as well as to parent and employee groups. She has helped identify ways to address students’ food insecurity concerns and can often be found supporting students in affinity groups during lunch.

Her volunteerism and initiative includes organizing district events and initiatives to address the needs of LGBTQ+ students and with Basic Rights of Oregon’s Fierce Families Leadership Team, a network of families who support transgender children, grandchildren and other relatives.

“Nichoel is an effective collaborator who helps us build systems that align education and health services at our school. Her values, her depth of skill and experience, her comprehensive knowledge and thirst for learning, her sense of humor, and her work ethic make her a vital part of the success of three schools in our district,” Spencer Butte Principal Peter Tromba said.

Ms. Fry will be recognized by the National Association of School Nurses during its (virtual) annual convention this summer.

“We are so proud of your accomplishments and know that you exemplify the best of school nursing,” wrote Laurie Combe, the national association’s president. “Your students, faculty, and families are fortunate to have you serving in their community.”

Nichoel Fry’s previous recognitions include the Carol A. Lindeman Award for Excellence in Nursing, Innovative Leadership, and Vision for Health Care in 2013. In 2019, she was one of several 4J nurses to receive an Excellence in Public Health Award from Lane County Public Health.

4J Health Services

 

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Virtual View: Soar Through Edison School Design

3D virtual tour through new Edison building reflects design development concepts • Entry arch and some other elements will evolve 

The vision of the new Edison Elementary School is coming into focus. Edison’s current 1926 building is the oldest and in the poorest condition among all 4J school buildings. Soon a new building will be under construction, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2018 school bond measure.

Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects completed initial design development for the new building this spring. Responsive to community input, the architects have created a school design to prioritize green space, fit the neighborhood in scale, and reflect traditional and northwestern styles.

Now community members are invited to take a 3D tour of the draft school design. The building depicted in this video is an architectural rendering of design development concepts. The final building design will vary somewhat from what is shown here. Click play, and we’ll take you on a virtual tour through the new Edison building.

Evolving Entryway

The final school design will be presented this fall. One notable design change will be the entryway.

Reflecting a common theme heard in community feedback on design development in spring 2020, the architects will revise the school entry design from the slightly splayed arch that was presented in the draft design, to a more classic, vertical arch shape.

Original draft and revised design of Edison Elementary School entryway arch

Next Steps

Minor pre-construction work at the Edison site will begin in July. The original Edison building will be removed later this year, and construction of the new building in the same location will begin in early 2021 to be completed in summer 2022.

Edison staff and students will move to the Willard site for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 school years, until the new building is completed.

 

Edison pre-construction projects begin
One Last Look: Video visit to old Edison building
Edison Elementary School project page
Willard swing school project page
School bond measure news
About the school bond measure 

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Preliminary Work to Begin at Edison Site

Activity to prepare for construction of the new school starts in July

Preparation for construction of the new Edison Elementary School is about to begin. Starting next week, some minor pre-construction work will begin in the neighborhood. Minor traffic interruptions should be expected. The first pre-construction projects are rerouting the sewer line that runs under Edison and connecting it to one in Onyx Street, and placing a gravel pad at the school site.

In early July, contractors will make small, exploratory holes on 22nd Avenue and Onyx Street to ensure there is no existing subsurface construction to conflict with the proposed path of the sewer line. This work will create minor traffic interruptions for a day or two.

The work to reroute the sewer line will begin on or about July 21. This project will require excavation of 22nd Avenue from Onyx Street to the alley between Onyx and Emerald. Full or partial street closures will be necessary for public safety, but local access to properties will be maintained.

Also in mid-July, gravel will be delivered to the school site and laid in the grassy field area. The addition of this gravel pad for equipment will reduce mud and mess at the school site and in the neighborhood during construction. The gravel is being delivered now, in advance of construction, to save costs by relocating excess gravel from the Willard project site without multiple haulings and storage fees.

Later this year the original Edison building will be removed, and construction of the new building in the same location will begin in early 2021 to be completed by summer 2022.

Edison Elementary School replacement
School bond measure news

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Planning for Return to School

Oregon schools may have online or on-site learning, or a blend of both • Full online option available for 4J students

Oregon students’ return to school in the fall may look different, such as a blend of on-site classes and online learning, with smaller groups, physical distancing and other precautions.

Eugene School District 4J is in the process of developing a comprehensive plan for returning to school in the fall, in alignment with requirements and recommendations from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority.

The district’s plan will address a variety of issues, including how to ensure students can engage effectively in teaching and learning, how to safely distance students and staff when they are at school, and how students will get to and from school.

The state released guidance in mid-June to inform school districts’ planning for welcoming students back in the fall. The guidance describes detailed requirements and recommendations for returning to school either on-site, fully online, or using a hybrid approach. Each district and school will complete and submit by mid-August an Operational Blueprint for Reentry that is informed by local resources and needs, and addresses eight essential elements, including public health protocols, instruction, equity, and outbreak response.

Thank you for your patience and grace as schools across Oregon navigate how to safely and effectively return to school in the fall. The district will keep families informed when details are determined. We look forward to seeing our students back in school as soon and as much as possible given the evolving public health circumstances.

More information:

Parent Feedback Survey / Encuesta en español
(open through Sunday, June 28)

Eugene Online Academy: Grades K–12

Oregon Guidance for 2020–21: Ready Schools, Safe Learners

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Congratulations, Class of 2020

Seniors “walk” in virtual graduation ceremonies, now viewable online 

They’ve learned. They’ve grown. And now they’ve graduated, cheered on by their parents, peers, families and friends both locally and around the world.

The Class of 2020 has graduated and been celebrated in virtual graduation ceremonies for each high school. These virtual commencements were broadcast live online on Thursday, June 11, and will remain available online for several months for friends and family members to watch. In-person traditional graduation ceremonies will be offered at a later point when large group gatherings can again be held.

Congratulations to every one of our 2020 graduates from Eugene School District 4J. Your perseverance and success are inspiring.

Churchill High School

North Eugene High School

Sheldon High School  

South Eugene High School

ECCO/Eugene Education Options

Eugene International High School

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

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Goodbye, Silver Lea: Last Look at School Building

Virtual tours give one last look at school building that housed Corridor and Yujin Gakuen elementary schools 

It’s time to say farewell to the former Silver Lea Elementary School building, which for the past few decades has housed Corridor and Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School. The Silver Lea building will be removed soon and the new North Eugene High School building will be constructed in its place.

The five-minute virtual tours below have been created to give one last look to staff, families and neighbors who have been a part of Corridor’s and Yujin Gakuen’s history in recent decades—or Silver Lea Elementary School before that—since an in-person commemoration event can’t be held due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Click play and join us for a five-minute tour of each side of the school building. (Videos will play on Facebook.)

Local voters approved a bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements across the district and replace North Eugene High School and two elementary schools with high-quality facilities built for school safety, modern seismic standards, sustainability, and 21st century education.

Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School will move this summer to the Kelly Middle School building, where the middle school grades of the Yujin Gakuen Japanese immersion program are already located. Corridor had been planned to move to a wing of the existing North Eugene High School building, but, facing significantly changed economic circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school board decided to close the small alternative elementary school at the end of the 2019–20 school year.

The new North Eugene High School building, an unprecedented investment in the North Eugene region and the first new high school building constructed in the Eugene–Springfield area in more than half a century, will open in 2023 thanks to voters’ approval of the bond measure.

 

About the bond measure 

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – June 2020 – Issue 321

Eugene Education Association - EEA

4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Jamie Myers • 541-790-7682 • myers_j@4j.lane.edu • June 11, 2020 • Issue Number 321

MEDICAL PLANS FOR 2020-21

4J licensed employees and retirees will have an additional health care option this fall: Kaiser Permanente. The Joint Benefits Committee has chosen to keep all three of the current Moda Medical Plans (2, 3, and 4), and to include Kaiser Medical Plan 2 as an additional option.

Kaiser

Kaiser Permanente uses its own Provider Network. If you choose Kaiser, you must see an in-network provider, or the visit will not be covered. Consider this carefully, and check to see if your provider contracts with Kaiser by visiting kp.org. Many PeaceHealth providers in the Eugene/Springfield area have contracts with Kaiser, and the 4J Wellness Clinic has just finalized its partnership with Kaiser, so the Clinic will remain an option for Kaiser members.

If you select Kaiser for yourself and your covered dependents, your first step will be to select a provider and register by visiting kp.org/newmember. Once registered, you will be able to:

  • Speak with a Kaiser Permanente doctor on the phone or over video.
  • Get treatment, including prescriptions, via an e-visit.
  • Get your non-urgent medical questions answered via secure email.
  • Schedule routine, in-facility appointments and view lab test results online or through the Kaiser Permanente app.
  • Get most prescriptions mailed directly to you with no-cost shipping

Moda

There have been no changes to Moda Medical Plans 2, 3 and 4. If you select a Moda Plan, you will need to decide which plan design works best for your healthcare needs. Each plan will continue to use the Connexus Network of providers, and will offer both a coordinated care and a non-coordinated care option for you, and each of your covered dependents.

If you and/or your covered dependents choose coordinated care, you will need to select a primary care provider, or PCP 360. Each covered family member can select whether or not to enroll in coordinated care, and if so, their own PCP 360.

Choosing coordinated care offers the following benefits:

  • A lower deductible
  • A lower out-of-pocket maximum
  • Lower cost for office visits, specialist visits, and alternative care visits.

The monthly premium is the same whether or not you choose coordinated care, and you are not required to have a referral to see a specialist. You may opt into coordinated care at open enrollment, or at any time throughout the 2020-21 plan year.

Enrollment

Open enrollment will be from August 15 – September 15, 2020. This year, you will NOT be required to participate in open enrollment unless you want to make a change.

Log onto MyOEBB during open enrollment if you want to:

  • Add or drop a dependent
  • Add, drop, or change a plan

DO NOT log onto MyOEBB if you want to:

  • Keep everything exactly the same

If you do nothing, all of your plan elections and dependents will remain the same for 2020-21.

Monthly Premium Rates

One thing will change for all Medical/Vision/Dental plans, and that is the monthly premium cost. Rates are being finalized, and will be posted on the 4J Benefits webpage as soon as the process is complete. Please be sure to check the rate sheets as part of your health coverage decision-making process.

 

DENTAL & VISION PLANS

For the upcoming plan year, 4J employees and retir- ees will again be able to choose from Delta Dental Plan 5 (which includes orthodontia), Delta Dental Plan 6 (which does not include orthodontia), and the Willamette Dental Group (WDG) plan (which also includes orthodontia). There are no changes to the 2020-21 Delta Dental or Willamette Dental Group plans. It is important to note, however, if you are enrolled in Delta Dental Plan 5 for 2019-20, and have been unable to visit the dentist this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will not lose your incentive level for 2020-21.

The VSP Choice Plus plan will continue as the vision plan offering in 4J. There are no changes to the VSP vision plan for 2020-21.

 

MID-YEAR FSA CHANGES ALLOWED

4J has amended its Health FSA and Dependent Care FSA Plans with Pacific Source, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, to allow changes without a qualifying event. The following changes can be made to the Health FSA Component and/or the DCAP Component on a prospective basis during the current benefit year:

  • stop/revoke an election;
  • start/make a new election, or
  • make a change by decreasing or increasing an existing election.

Participants may not reduce their election to an amount that is less than the amount for which they have already been reimbursed and/or contributed. All changes will be effective with the start of the pay period after the change is requested. For example, a form that is turned in during June will be processed for the July 31st paycheck.

Participants may also use amounts remaining in their Health FSA or DCAP Component accounts at the end of the plan year to pay for service and dependent care expenses incurred through December 31, 2020. The request for reimbursement process remains the same. The mid-year change form can be found on the 4J website at https://www.4j.lane.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FSA-Change-Form.pdf. Submit completed forms to hr_benefits@4j.lane.edu.

 

MID-YEAR CHANGES TO BENEFITS

The IRS has issued a new notice, IRS Notice 2020-29.

 Due to COVID-19, this notice allows members certain prospective mid-year changes if OEBB supports the change. See below for changes supported by OEBB.

You have until June 30, 2020 to take advantage of this one-time offering. Once enrolled, coverage cannot be altered unless you have a qualifying mid-year event or make changes during open enrollment.

Health Coverage Election Change

  • You may newly enroll in an OEBB medical, vision and dental plan if you had previously waived coverage.
  • You may add dependents to your OEBB medical, vision, and dental plan.

The correct form to process this change can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OEBB/Forms/IRS-Notice-Midyear.pdf. This form should be submitted to hr_benefits@4j.lane.edu for processing no later than June 30, 2020.

 

EAP EXPANSION

The Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) has been expanded to include all 4J employees and their family members for the remainder of this plan year. Reliant Behavioral Health provides the EAP as part of 4J’s OEBB benefits. At this time, active employees are eligible for this benefit whether or not you are enrolled in 4J health insurance benefits. 4J Retirees, however, must be enrolled in 4J/OEBB retiree health benefits to be eligible for the EAP.

EAP services include counseling, work-life balance, and wellness resources to help people privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family, and other important areas of life.

Some EAP highlights:

  • Up to 5 counseling visits at no cost, per person, per issue
  • 24-hour crisis help: toll-free access for you or a family member experiencing a crisis
  • Mediation services: free consultations for personal, family and non-work related issues (e.g. divorce, neighbor disputes, real estate) – a 25% discount is available if a mediator is retained
  • Financial services: free telephone consultations for financial issues (e.g. debt counseling, budget, college/retirement planning) – a 25% discount is available if a professional is retained
  • Legal services: free will kit with professional review – free half-hour consultation, followed by a 25% discount in fees if the attorney is retained also available. (Legal services are not provided for employer-related issues.)

To access the EAP call 866-750-1327 or go online: https://www.myrbh.com (Access Code: OEBB).

 

COMMUNITY COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE

The 4J Wellness Clinic would like to inform 4J staff about increased community testing for coronavirus COVID-19, now available by drive-through at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in partnership with the University of Oregon.

The testing is available for people with symptoms and a healthcare professional’s order. The required order for the test is easily obtained from one of our nurse practitioners by a televisit, often scheduled the same day.

Patients with new onset of symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are recommended for testing, according to revised guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.

Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • or difficulty breathing

OR at least two of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • chills
  • repeated shaking with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell.

If you think your symptoms meet these criteria, call the clinic to schedule your televisit today, 541-686-1427.  You can access your appointment by smartphone, tablet or computer (with a camera, mic & speaker).

 

SUMMER INFORMATION

Like all teachers, my last workday for this school year will be June 11, 2020. I will be checking my email from time to time, but…

If you have questions about eligibility or enrollment changes, please call OEBB at 888-469-6322.

If you have questions about your Moda medical or dental coverage, please call Moda Health:

  • Medical Customer Service: 866-923-0409
  • Dental Customer Service: 866-923-0410
  • Pharmacy Customer Service: 866-923-0411

If you have questions about your Willamette Dental Group coverage please contact:

  • Appointment Center: 855-433-6825, Option 1
  • Member Services: 855-433-6825, Option 3

If you have questions about your vision coverage, please call VSP:

  • VSP Customer Service: 800-877-7195

Additional contact info:

  • 4J Wellness Clinic: 541-686-1427
  • 4J Human Resources: 541-790-7670 or hr_benefits@4j.lane.edu
  • Reliant Behavioral Health (Employee Assistance Program): 866-750-1327
  • PacificSource Administrators (Flexible Spending Accounts): 541-485-7488

Have a fantastic summer! Be well!

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Fond Farewell to Edison Elementary School Building

Last look at Edison’s 1926 building shared in virtual tour

Edison Elementary School has a long and well-loved history in the south university neighborhood. Edison will continue on, but it’s time to say farewell to the school’s 1926 building with its well-known brick entry facade. The school has the oldest and poorest condition building in the school district and soon will have a new building under construction, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2018 school bond measure.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the school can’t hold a traditional farewell event for student and staff alumni to visit the old school building one last time. We’ve created a virtual tour instead, so staff, families and neighbors who have been a part of Edison’s history over the past 94 years can get one last look.

Click play, and we’ll take you on a five-minute tour through the old Edison building, just as it was on one day in May.

The original Edison building will be removed later this year, and construction of the new building in the same location will begin in early 2021 to be completed by summer 2022. Edison staff and students will move to the Willard site for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 school years, until the new building is ready to move in.

About the new Edison building  

About the school bond measure 

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