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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – November 2019 – Issue 315

Eugene Education Association - EEA

Prepared by Jamie Myers • 541-790-7682 • myers_j@4j.lane.edu • November 13, 2019 • Issue Number 315



Last school year, I walked backwards into a post. It’s difficult not to laugh, but I whacked my head pretty hard. I continued with my day because it didn’t seem like an emergency, even though my head really hurt. I would have liked a medical assessment, but didn’t want to take the time or incur the expense to go to the Emergency Room. Also, who would have covered my class?

Since we all could experience a minor injury at work, it is helpful to know about MedExpress. This service run by Cascade Health Solutions will deliver EMTs and paramedics to your workplace to treat minor injuries or illnesses.   It isn’t as fast as calling an ambulance, so if you need emergency care, call 911. Here are some of the illnesses/injuries that MedExpress could treat:

  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Minor to moderate bleeding
  • Minor burns
  • Fractures/dislocations involving head, forearms or feet
  • Falls, including head trauma when the patient is conscious
  • Mild to moderate pain

If called to your school, MedExpress will assess the severity of your injury, treat your injury, and transport you to a physician, if needed.

To access MedExpress at work, call 541-228-3111.



All 4J licensed employees are eligible to set up an account under the 403(b) Plan. You may begin, change, and/or cancel deferrals in the 403(b) Plan at any time, subject to payroll deadlines. You may begin participating in the 403(b) Plan by establishing an account with an Active Payroll Slot Vendor: http://www.ncompliance.com/guest_employervendors.aspx?EmployerID=12

Then, you must complete and submit the Licensed Salary Reduction Agreement to 4J Payroll.

4J Retirement Plan A eligible employees (hired into a licensed position before July 1, 1998 and continuously a bargaining unit member) do not receive a TSA contribution from 4J, but may still contribute with a payroll deduction.

4J Retirement Plan B eligible employees (hired into a licensed position on or after July 1, 1998) are eligible to receive a TSA contribution from 4J:

  • First year of eligibility – $50 / month
  • Third year of eligibility – $75 / month
  • Sixth year of eligibility – $100 / month
  • Tenth year of eligibility – $150 / month
  • Thirteenth year of eligibility – $175 / month

403(b) Contribution Limits for 2020:

  • Elective Deferral Limit: $19,500.00*
  • Age 50 Catch-up: An additional $6,500.00, for a total of $26,000.00* (Applies to Employees Age 50 or over by 12/31/2020)
  • 403(b) Special 15 Years of Service Catch-up: Up to an additional $3,000, for a total limit of up to $22,500.00* or $29,000.00* (depending on age) for eligible** employees with at least 15 years of full-time service with Eugene 4J by 12/31/2020

*Note: Contributions to the plan above cannot exceed employees’ total compensation.

**Please contact CCC to verify eligibility and limits available under Special Catch-up.



The Eugene Education Association manages the Sick Leave Bank (SLB), the purpose of which is to grant hours to eligible members in cases of long-term absence necessitated by illness or injury.

The Sick Leave Bank provides relief for members who are dealing with serious health conditions. Unfortunately, the SLB has had to provide support more frequently than in the past, so the support of donors has become more critical than ever. To maintain active membership, a minimum donation of one day (prorated for part-time members) must be made every two years. For those of you who donated during this fall’s enrollment period, your next required donation will be in the fall of 2021. However, members are allowed to donate a maximum of 16 hours per school year.

During the SLB fall 2019 enrollment period (August 27 – October 31), 194 licensed employees made donations of one or two days, twenty-two of them for the first time. Thirty-four donors gave the maximum allowed, including two members who work less than full time. Thank you SLB donors, for your incredible generosity!

There will be a second SLB enrollment period this school year from February 1 – April 3, 2020. E-mail reminders and donation forms will be sent at that time.



One of the many wellness programs available through OEBB is an online program called Total Brain. Through the app, members can work on growing their brains in five areas of focus:

  • Reducing stress and staying calm
  • Becoming more resilient
  • Improving memory
  • Increasing positivity
  • Achieving focus

The app is available for free, and can be downloaded to your phone or tablet. It is research based, and may improve your brain function in as few as 10 minutes a day. Plus, the games are fun!

To get started, visit




With the arrival of Autumn comes a wide variety of winter squash. The bright orange and yellow flesh of these versatile veggies is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. When shopping:

  • look for squash that is heavy for its size and firm.
  • check to see that it has a hard and blemish-free rind with the stem intact.

For those of you who are ready to move beyond pumpkin, here is a simple recipe to try. Bon Appétit!

Squash, Corn, & Black Bean Salad

2 ½ cups diced butternut squash

1 ½ cups corn kernels, fresh, frozen, or canned

2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

¼ tsp salt, plus more to taste

¾ tsp chili powder

1 cup wild rice

1 (15 – oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed

juice of 1 lime

4 oz queso fresco, crumbled or diced

pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Toss the squash and the corn with 1 Tbsp of olive oil, along with salt and chili powder. Spread the seasoned veggies in a thin layer over a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 25-35 minutes, until golden, tossing half-way through.
  2. While the veggies are baking, cook wild rice according to package directions and drain excess water.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked wild rice with the roasted corn and squash. Toss with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning (salt and pepper) as needed.

*Recipe reprinted from Tufts University Health & Nutrition Newsletter.


PCP 360

It’s not too late! Call 866-923-0409 to select yours, and opt into coordinated care.

The information in this newsletter has been summarized. It is presented as information – not advice or counsel. In all instances, the benefits, conditions, and limitations as outlined in the 4J Master Contracts prevail over this representation. Please refer to your Benefits booklet or master contracts available at the District offices for additional information regarding your benefits plans.

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Grant Will Fund School Safety Improvements

$370,000 grant will support emergency planning, safety assessments, visitor access management

Eugene School District 4J has been awarded a significant federal grant to support school safety. The grant will provide $370,289 over two years to improve safety and emergency preparedness throughout the district.

The grant will primarily fund three districtwide safety initiatives:

  • Comprehensive school vulnerability assessments at every building
  • Updated emergency operations plan, individualized for each school
  • Improved visitor management systems to better control access to schools

Eugene School District 4J was the only entity in Oregon to be awarded the School Violence Prevention Program grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The first districtwide safety improvement project—comprehensive school vulnerability assessments—will include gathering data at 38 different sites to gain an understanding of each school’s and building’s safety and security improvement needs. Once established, each need will be prioritized based on best practices. Examples could include things like entrance security, windows, internal door locking, adequate signage, and drop-off and pick-up procedures.

“We’re looking for proactive solutions to help improve safety and security in a world where we don’t have a lot of extra funding,” said Kari Skinner, 4J’s Director of Public Safety. “This will help identify a list of priorities at each school, with the expectation that we will be able to make some improvements readily and can tackle more costly improvements one by one as funds are available.”

The second project the district aims to accomplish with the grant funding is establishing an updated emergency operations plan. The updated plan will detail incident response procedures and what steps to take when various emergencies occur. It will be crafted in collaboration with community partners such as police agencies and city and county emergency management.

Some examples of information to be included in the incident response plans are what to do in a lockdown procedure, how to use the phone system to alert others of a potential intruder, who to call if a student doesn’t arrive home safely, and where student and parent reunification will take place following an emergency.

Every school and district building will have a copy of the updated plan, with key information presented in a simple, color-coded flip chart so that it’s easy to navigate quickly. The district already has emergency response information compiled in this way, but it needs to be updated and individualized for each school.

The third major improvement to be funded by the federal safety grant is a more efficient and effective visitor management system at all 38 school and district buildings.

The system will use government-issued identification to verify that volunteers and visitors throughout the district are who they say they are. The program will also screen for sex offenders, alert staff to potential custody violations, and provide districtwide tracking of volunteer time.

Information collected by the district will not be shared with immigration officials, law enforcement or others outside of the school district. “Our goal is not to raise barriers but to streamline school check-in procedures, while protecting our students and our staff from potential safety risks,” said Public Safety Director Kari Skinner.

“We cannot stop until every last student goes to school knowing it is a safe place to learn and grow. It saddens me to know this is not the current reality for many young people,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, about the federal grant program. “I’m encouraged by the work of the Eugene School District and other educators who are working diligently to change this narrative and reality.”

4J Public Safety Office 
4J Finance Information 

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Free For All: At 10 Schools, Students Eat for Free

Five more schools are providing free meals this year

No such thing as a free lunch? There is for students at some 4J schools.

Students need a healthy breakfast and lunch to be ready to learn. Eugene School District 4J has introduced changes to the student meal program this year, and many students are giving it a try and liking what they find. The school meal program is now managed in-house with improved menu options, fewer highly-processed foods and heat-and-serve meals, and more fresh, local and scratch-cooked items.

Thanks to a federal program and district support, at several 4J schools those high-quality locally provided meals are now available free to all students every school day. At all other 4J schools, school meals are priced affordably, and many students may apply and qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

The free-for-all meal program is new this year at five school sites: Holt Elementary School, Kelly Middle School, Fox Hollow Campus, Eugene Online Academy, and the ECCO alternative high school program.

These schools have qualified to participate in the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which gives eligible schools the option to offer free school meals to all students, with district support. The schools are eligible because they have enough students who meet the program’s criteria.

Five other schools—Chávez Elementary, Howard Elementary, McCornack Elementary, River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary, and Arts & Technology Academy—have provided free school breakfast and lunch to all students since 2016 and will need to be reassessed and potentially requalified for the CEP program after this school year.

Students at these ten schools are invited to eat school breakfast and lunch at no charge every school day. Their families do not have to pay for meals or submit an application. This offers all students a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, cuts down on paperwork for families and schools, increases efficiencies for the district, and simplifies the lunch line for students.

Separate from this program, free breakfast is provided to all students at all 4J elementary schools. For all other meals, families pay per meal or apply and qualify for free school meals individually.

Local: 4J Nutrition Services, 541-790-7656, nutrition@4j.lane.edu
Federal program: www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision

Online Menus and Nutrition Information

4J Nutrition Services News 


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School Board Meeting Summary: Nov. 6, 2019

November 6, 2019
School Board Work Session and Regular Meeting

NOTE:  This is a quick summary of the topics and actions at a meeting of the school board. It is NOT the official minutes of the meeting. Meeting minutes are posted after they are drafted by the minutes recorder, reviewed and approved by the board at a following meeting. Recordings of meetings are posted the day after the meeting. School Board Meeting Schedule & Information  


On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the school board held a work session followed by a regular board meeting.

Work Session: Superintendent Goals

The board held a work session to review and discuss the draft superintendent goals for 2019–20.

Draft Superintendent Goals
Superintendent Evaluation Process

Board Meeting

The school board’s regular business meeting followed the work session.

Information Items (no board action is expected to be taken)

Received an update on Student Success Act Needs Assessment and Continuous Improvement Plan process: Staff provided an update on the district’s Student Success Act process. Each school district must develop a plan for how to invest funding from the Student Investment Account, with a focus on equity and with community engagement including input from staff, students and families from historically underserved communities. The District Needs Assessment and Continuous Improvement Plan will be presented for board review at the next meeting on November 20. Eugene School District 4J plans further community engagement beyond what is prescribed, with a second phase of engagement in November regarding potential investments to support student success, informed by the input received in the first phase in September. This second phase of staff and community forums will begin next week. The district’s investment plan and Student Investment Account grant application will then be developed informed by this community input and a review of student data. The district’s application will be presented for community review and board consideration and approval prior to its submission in March 2020.

Student Success Act Information
Student Success Act Overview – Nov. 6
Student Success Act Slidedeck – Nov. 6

Received a school/program update: Nutrition Services: Eugene School District 4J is going local, bringing our school food service program in-house after decades of contracting with large food services management companies. On July 1, the district began self-management of the school meal program provided to students through USDA Child Nutrition Programs. Staff provided a progress report on developing systems and managing operations for in-house provision of school meals, including staff changes, menu development, and procurement of food and smallwares (cookware, utensils, trays, etc.).

Nutrition Services Transition Information
Nutrition Services Update Overview – Nov. 6
Nutrition Services Update Slidedeck – Nov. 6

Board Actions

Appointed two community members to the budget committee: By Oregon law, the school district’s budget committee is made up of the district’s 7-member board of directors and and an equal number of district residents appointed by the board. The budget committee reviews the proposed budget, listens to comments from community members, asks questions, and approves the budget total and tax rates to forward to the school board for adoption. Two positions on the budget committee became open this fall as members’ 3-year terms expired. District residents were invited to apply between September 19 and October 9 at 5 p.m. to be considered for appointment. There were 12 qualified candidates for the budget committee openings. The board balloted and identified Mr. Juan Carlos Valle and Ms. Maya Rabasa as the preferred candidates, and then unanimously approved their appointment to the budget committee for three-year terms that run through June 30, 2022. Although only two could be appointed to the committee, the board shared its thanks with all those who volunteered to serve our community in this role.

Budget Committee Candidate Information
Recording of Candidate Interviews

Approved policy updates: The board approved policy revisions, additions and deletions to conform to changes in state law and updates to policy best practices:

AC Nondiscrimination (revision)
AC-AR Discrimination Complaint Procedure (addition) (informational, board approval not required)
IKF Graduation Requirements (revision)
JFCF Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Hazing, Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Violence (revision)
JFCJ Weapons in Schools (revision)
KL Public Complaints (revision)

Set Board Priorities for the 2020 Oregon Legislative Session

• Approved items on the consent agenda: Approved purchase of school buses. Approved minutes from Aug. 14 board retreat, Sept. 11 listening session and work session, Oct. 2 board meeting.

Items for Future Action (board action is expected at a later meeting)

• Considered proposed policy update: The board considered a potential revision to Board Policy JHC Student Health Services to include the provision of menstrual products in restrooms at middle and high schools.

Proposed Policy Revision

Discussed Oregon School Board Associations (OSBA) Elections: The Oregon School Boards Association is organized as one general state association with up to 21 elected representatives established across 14 geographic regions to support member participation and representation. Member school boards elect the OSBA Board of Directors and Legislative Policy Committee. At At the November 20 meeting the board will ballot to identify individual board members’ preferences and then confirm the board’s collective vote for these OSBA positions.

OSBA Candidates

Suggestions by the Board for Consideration of Items at a Future Meeting


Public Input

20 people provided public comment to the board, including comments regarding:

• Menstrual products
• Student assessment
• School board zones
• Equity and diversity
• Baseball fields in South region
• School board appointment
• Relocation of Yujin Gakuen to Kelly Middle School
• Student Success Act funds and supports for students with special needs
• Student Success Act funds and supports for universal design and inclusion
• School transportation site
• Climate change education

Agenda and Materials

Nov. 6 agenda and materials
Nov. 6 work session recording
Nov. 6 board meeting recording


NOTE:  This is a quick summary of the topics and actions at a meeting of the school board. This document is NOT the official minutes of the school board. Official minutes are posted after they are drafted, reviewed and approved by the board. Recordings of meetings are posted within two days after the meeting. 

School Board Meeting Schedule & Information  

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Board Appoints Budget Committee Members

Juan Carlos Valle and Maya Rabasa selected for budget panel

The school board has appointed two 4J residents, Juan Carlos Valle and Maya Rabasa, to serve on the district’s budget committee. Both will serve three-year terms expiring in 2022.

The budget committee consists of seven appointed community volunteers and the seven elected school board members. The community members continuing their terms in 2019–20 are Josh Burstein, Bob Chandler, Liz Price, Merri Steele and Jennifer Winters Francois.

The budget committee reviews annual budget proposals to ensure that the district is planning to spend money in furtherance of district goals. The committee examines the proposed budget, listens to comments from community members, asks questions, and then approves the budget to forward to the school board for adoption. Positions are non-partisan, unpaid, and are not connected to any specific region within the district.

Mr. Valle and Ms. Rabasa were selected from among 12 qualified candidates for the budget committee openings. Although only two could be appointed to the committee, the board shared its thanks with all those who volunteered to serve our community in this role.

Budget Committee Candidate Information
Recording of Candidate Interviews

About the 4J Budget Committee 

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Student Success Act: Weigh In on Investments for Success  

District developing plan for $12 million in funding • Community forums November 13–25

New funding is coming to 4J schools. Oregon’s Student Success Act is expected to provide Eugene School District 4J about $12–13 million per year starting with the 2020–21 school year—about a 5% increase in the district’s general fund budget.

The district is engaging staff, families and community members to inform the planning for how to spend these funds to best support student success. You’re invited to join the conversation.

Community Conversations
Childcare, light refreshments, and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
• Wed., Nov. 13, 7–8 p.m., Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Road
• Tue., Nov. 19, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
Spanish/Español: Tue., Nov. 19, 7–8 p.m., Churchill High School, 1850 Bailey Hill Road
• Thu., Nov. 21, 7–8 p.m., North Eugene High School, 200 Silver Lane
• Mon., Nov. 25, 5:30–6:30 p.m., South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.
• 4J staff forums are scheduled on Nov. 12 and 13

Student Success Act funds must be targeted to increase academic achievement, reduce disparities among student groups, and meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs. The funds may be spent in four broad categories: increasing learning time, addressing student health and safety needs, reducing class size / increasing classroom staffing, and expanding well-rounded learning opportunities.

In September, the district gathered input from families, staff and other community members to assess current needs. Now, in a second phase in November, the district is engaging community dialogue and input on potential investments to support student success. Later in the month, an online survey will be posted to gather input from community members who aren’t able to attend an in-person forum or prefer sharing their thoughts in another format.

This community input will help guide the district’s investment plan to support our students’ success.

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Coffee With the Superintendent

Dr. Gustavo Balderas invites community for coffee and conversation

Coffee With the Superintendent
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:00 a.m.
Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
RSVP or invite your friends

You’re invited: Drop in for coffee and informal conversation with 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas and members of the Eugene School Board.

A series of drop-in coffee chats are being held each month throughout the school year, at different locations around the district. Times will vary between mornings, afternoons and evenings to accommodate people’s varied schedules.

Community members are invited to sit down for informal conversations with district leaders to share ideas, express concerns, ask questions, and hear about important things happening in the district.

The first two coffee chats were on Sept. 30 and Oct. 16. The next several dates are:

Whether you have a specific question or feedback, or simply want to hear what others have to say, please drop in. The coffee’s on us!

RSVP or invite your friends
Coffee With the Superintendent

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Measles Information for Families

Lane County has a confirmed case and local exposures to measles   

Eugene School District 4J is sharing information to ensure all of our families and staff are informed about measles, also known as rubeola.

Measles has returned to Oregon, and Lane County currently has one confirmed case of the disease. This is part of a statewide investigation of measles cases related to international plane travel. There are multiple known exposures to the disease in Eugene. Currently, there are no known links to schools or childcare facilities, but the public health investigation is ongoing.

Measles is a serious disease and is highly contagious to people who are not immunized or are not fully immunized. You may be underimmunized if you do not have records that you received two doses of measles vaccine, or if you were vaccinated during 1963–1967. The measles vaccination is safe and effective and is readily available from many local pharmacies and healthcare providers.

Where might people have been exposed?

Four public sites have been identified in Lane County so far where people may have been exposed to measles at specific times. (These locations are not ongoing exposure risks.)

• Monday, October 21
– 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Creswell Bakery, 182 S. 2nd Street, Creswell
– 12:00 p.m.–4 p.m., Bier Stein, 1591 Willamette Street, Eugene

• Wednesday, October 23
– 4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Blu Mist, 1400 Valley River Drive, Suite 130, Eugene
– 6:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m., North Fork Public House, 2805 Shadowview, Eugene

What will happen if this measles outbreak spreads to schools? 

If an unimmunized student is exposed to measles, Lane County Public Health will exclude them from attending school or childcare to protect them and reduce exposure to others. (This includes students who have an exemption from immunizations on file.) The exclusion is usually for 21 days after exposure, and this may be extended if there are further cases.

Lane County Public Health also will advise any unimmunized staff members to stay home if there is an exposure.

What does measles look like?

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed by a red rash that usually begins on the head or face and spreads to the rest of the body. People are most contagious with measles for four days before and four days after the rash appears.

Measles is highly contagious 

Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 9 out of 10 people around them will also become infected if they are not protected.

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left. An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing they have the disease, starting about four days before developing the measles rash.

There are several hundred students in 4J schools who have not been immunized against measles. If exposed, these students are at very high risk for becoming infected with measles and spreading it to others.

Measles is serious

Measles is a serious disease—it is not a minor or routine childhood illness. It causes high fever and rash, and can cause severe long-term impacts such as hearing loss, pneumonia, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), premature birth and low birth weight for infants, and even death.

About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized, and 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care. Measles is especially dangerous for babies and young children, pregnant women, and people who have compromised immune systems (such as from cancer, HIV or organ transplants).

The good news

  • There is only one confirmed case in our area so far.
  • Most Oregonians have been vaccinated against measles.
  • The vaccine is proven to be safe and highly effective—about 97% effective when both doses are received.
  • Very few people—about 3 out of 100—who get two doses of measles vaccine will still get measles if exposed to the virus, but they are much more likely to have a milder illness.

How to protect yourself and your family

Text Equivalent: Measles: It isn’t just a little rash. Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. [Illustration of 6 boys and girls of various races] Measles symptoms typically include: High fever (may spike to more than 104° F) Cough Runny nose Red, watery eyes Rash breaks out 3-5 days after symptoms begin [Illustration of a little boy with watery eyes, runny nose and a thermometer in his mouth] Measles Can Be Serious About 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage. 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care. [Illustration of a hospital] [Illustration of the brain] [Illustration of many people that symbolize the community, all colored in blue, except 2 that are gray] You have the power to protect your child. Provide your children with safe and long-lasting protection against measles by making sure they get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine according to CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. [Illustration of a mom and her son smiling] www.cdc.gov/measles [logo] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [logo] American Academy of Pediatrics [logo] American Academy of Family PhysiciansImmunization is the most effective measure to prevent the spread of measles. The MMR vaccine is safe and effective, and provides immunization against three diseases: measles, mumps and rubella. There is no shortage of the vaccine. It typically is readily available from healthcare providers and at local pharmacies.

Any person who has not been immunized against measles is at a very high risk for contracting and communicating this serious disease if they come into contact with someone who is contagious.

People are considered immune if any of the following is true:

  1. You’ve had your vaccinations against measles—at least one dose for children 12 months through 3 years, two doses for anyone 4 years or older. The second MMR vaccination dose can be administered anytime at least 4 weeks after the first dose. (NOTE: If you were vaccinated during 1963–1967 with vaccine of unknown type, you may have received inactivated vaccine and should be revaccinated.)
  2. You’ve been diagnosed with measles in the past (confirmed with a lab test).
  3. You’ve had a blood test “titer” that shows immunity.
  4. You were born before 1957.

If you or your child are not immune, or if you’re not sure, talk with your healthcare provider. Oregon Health Authority has provided tips on how to access your immunization records.

Additional steps to help prevent the spread of measles and other illnesses include staying home if you’re sick, washing hands frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, and disposing of tissue paper used for coughing or sneezing.

Most importantly, if you think you or another person may have measles, STAY HOME! If a person is experiencing measles-like symptoms, they should not go to the doctor’s office. Instead, they should call their provider and ask what to do next.


For more information, please visit lanecounty.org/publichealth or www.cdc.gov/measles.


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Contractor Sought to Build New High School

Proposals invited for North Eugene High School construction manager/general contractor 

Voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed the school bond measure in November 2018 to construct new school buildings for three schools with aging facilities and fund other capital improvements for all 4J schools.

The new North Eugene High School will be designed by the architect team of Rowell Brokaw Architects and Opsis Architecture. Now, we’re seeking proposals from contractors to build what the architects design.

The district is selecting a construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) at the beginning of the design process so that the contractor can work with the architects and the district to analyze building systems, provide cost estimates, develop construction schedules, help to plan for the anticipated months of construction, and help ensure that the school replacement project will be completed on time and within budget.

CM/GC proposals from construction firms will include a competitive bid for their fee, a guaranteed maximum price to complete the project, and other information requested by the district, including a recommendation of how to fulfill the school board’s statement of values regarding community benefits of construction projects.

The district, the architect team, and the selected construction firm will all be active members of the project team throughout the design and construction of the new North Eugene High School. Subcontractors will be selected through a publicly advertised, competitive solicitation process.

CM/GC proposals for the new North Eugene High School are due November 13 at 11 a.m.

Request For Proposals: Construction Manager / General Contractor Services for North Eugene High School

North Eugene Project Updates 
CM/GC Contracting Process 
4J Bond Measure News 

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School Board Work Session Summary: Oct. 23, 2019

October 23, 2019
School Board Work Session 

NOTE:  This is a quick summary of the topics and actions at a meeting of the school board. It is NOT the official minutes of the meeting. Meeting minutes are posted after they are drafted by the minutes recorder, reviewed and approved by the board at a following meeting. Recordings of meetings are posted the day after the meeting. School Board Meeting Schedule & Information  


Work Session: Board Goals

The Eugene School Board annually reviews and affirms or revises board goals.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, the school board held a work session to discuss planning and next steps regarding the board’s goals for the year.

The board’s priority goals for the 2019–20 school year were developed in a board retreat on August 14 and approved by unanimous vote of the board on September 18, 2019.


Eugene School Board Goals 2019–20

Implement the components of the Student Success Act.
• Community outreach
• Stakeholder engagements
• Incorporate into FY 2020-2021 Budget

Improve communication and transparency with the community.
• Hold meetings in regional settings and differing start times
• Hold drop-in community forums
• Participate in the Superintendent coffee meetings
• Review website accessibility and functionality for board related information

Address policies and practices on student assessments
• Increase instructional time
• Focus legislative relief for the essential skills tests for high school seniors.

Improve graduation rates and 3rd grade reading results.
• Focus on 3rd grade reading result
• Focus on key academic transitions—5th to 6th and 8th to 9th grades
• Develop a dashboard data presentation to track key indicators


Agenda and Materials

Oct. 23 board work session agenda and materials
Oct. 23 work session recording


NOTE:  This is a quick summary of the topics and actions at a meeting of the school board. This document is NOT the official minutes of the school board. Official minutes are posted after they are drafted, reviewed and approved by the board. Recordings of meetings are posted within two days after the meeting. 

School Board Meeting Schedule & Information  

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