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Walk-In Vaccine Clinics Continue Through August

4J continues COVID-19 vaccine clinics at schools for all community members age 12+

As the COVID-19 delta variant grows more prevalent in Lane County, Eugene School District 4J will continue to make vaccines available at schools two days a week through August.

Lane County Public Health has partnered with the district to provide vaccine clinics at 4J school sites. The twice-weekly vaccine clinics are open to all community members as well as to 4J students, families and staff.

COVID-19 vaccines are provided at no cost and are currently authorized for all Oregonians age 12 and up. The clinics are open to drop-ins; advance appointments also are available.

When: Every Wednesday in August, 4–6 p.m.
Where: Churchill High School cafeteria, 1850 Bailey Hill Rd.

When: Every Friday in August, 4–6 p.m.
Where: North Eugene High School glass lounge, 200 Silver Lane

Appointment or walk-in: Appointments are available and may reduce wait times. Walk-ins also are welcome at LCPH vaccine clinics. Schedule Appointment

Parent consent: Youth under age 15 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian or bring a signed consent form.
Consent form in English (PDF | Word) and Spanish (PDF | Word)

Learn More

COVID-19 Vaccines in Lane County
COVID-19 Vaccines in Oregon

Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Information Sheet

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State to Resume Requiring Masks Indoors for All K–12 Schools

Governor: All students and staff in Oregon must wear face coverings when they return to full-time, in-person learning this fall

The State of Oregon will require face coverings to be worn indoors by all students and staff when school resumes in the fall.

Gov. Kate Brown on July 29 announced that Oregon will return to requiring masks for everyone indoors in K–12 schools statewide, to help slow the increased spread of COVID-19, and to help keep students in school rather than out of classrooms due to quarantine. The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority will create rules for Oregon schools. Previously the state had shifted to strongly advising, not mandating, that school districts should require face masks indoors at least for unvaccinated individuals, as a key element of a layered protection strategy.

The governor’s directive follows the sharp uptick in COVID-19 cases around the state, including those involving the highly contagious delta variant. The change aligns with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recently updated guidance that all staff, students, and visitors to K–12 schools should wear face masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

“The science and data are clear: the delta variant is in our communities, and it is more contagious,” Gov. Brown said. “My priority is to ensure our kids are able to safely return to full-time in-person learning this fall, five days per week and with minimal disruptions. With many children still ineligible to be vaccinated, masks are an effective way to help keep our kids safe in the classroom, the learning environment we know serves them best.”

Currently, children under the age of 12 are not eligible to receive vaccines to protect against COVID-19; testing is underway but no vaccine is yet authorized for younger children. The Oregon Department of Education said the universal use of face coverings inside schools is necessary to protect students under age 12, individuals who are not vaccinated, and those with underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to complications from COVID-19, as well as to minimize the disruption of student education in schools because of exposure to a case of COVID-19.

Eugene School District 4J will implement any changes required when further detailed guidance is received from state officials. The district currently requires all students and staff to wear face coverings indoors when students are present.

Learn More

Statement from Gov. Kate Brown
CDC Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Back to School In-Person, Full-Time This Fall
Face Coverings Lifted for Outdoor Activities
Walk-In Vaccine Clinics Continue Through Early August

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School Board Welcomes Community to Public Meetings

Community members can attend and testify in-person at board meetings starting Aug. 4 • Requests must be submitted in advance due to limited space

Eugene School District 4J’s Board of Directors will resume meeting with community members attending in-person for the first time in more than a year, starting on Wednesday, August 4, with a work session scheduled at 5:30 p.m. and the regular board meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

Community members interested in attending the sessions in-person must submit a request in advance, as seating is limited due to COVID-19. 4J’s physical distancing protocols will remain in effect during upcoming board meetings. If more people request to attend the meeting in-person than can be accommodated, priority will be given to individuals who have not recently attended a board meeting in-person.

The board will hear public testimony from community members both in-person and virtually via Zoom. Up to 10 people will be scheduled to provide public comment, whether in-person or virtually, at each regular meeting. To ensure a diversity of voices, priority will be given to residents who have not provided public comment in a recent meeting. Board members also read written comments sent to board@4j.lane.edu.

Requests to provide public comment or attend a board meeting in-person must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the Monday before the meeting.

School Board Meeting Request Forms
Attend In-PersonProvide Public Comment

School board meetings will continue to be open to the public in real-time via video stream on Zoom, audio stream on the district website, and radio broadcast on KRVM 1280-AM. Audio recordings of board meetings also are posted online within 48 hours following the meeting.

Members of the school board resumed meeting in-person in March, after holding virtual sessions for more than a year to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders during the height of the pandemic. Community members were able to listen and watch the proceedings virtually during this time.

For more information about school board meetings, see 4j.lane.edu/board/meetings. For meeting agendas and additional information, see tinyurl.com/4jboardmeetings. Meetings are listed by date and the agenda and materials for each board meeting are posted on the Friday afternoon before the meeting.

Learn More

School Board Meetings
Live Zoom Video Stream
Live Audio Stream
School Board Members Sworn In

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New Edison Building Steeled for Next Phase

New South Eugene neighborhood school is once step closer to reality

The temperature is not the only thing rising on the Edison construction site. Construction crews have been hard at work on the site creating the new state-of-the-art building for the neighborhood school, with construction manager / general contractor John Hyland Construction leading the work.

With the foundations, stem walls, first-floor slab, underground utilities and gymnasium walls in place, crews are able to focus on erecting the “skeleton” for the new building. The gym is concrete but the rest of the building is constructed with steel framing.

Currently, the building is shaping up with the installation of steel framing for the second floor and roof structure. As the second floor comes together on the eastern side of the site, crews will begin erecting steel steadily towards the west. Workers are following the framing crews and putting down steel decking in preparation for pouring the 2nd-floor concrete slab.

The following are a collection of photos taken from winter to early summer, showcasing the hard work of local construction contractors creating the new school building at the Edison site.

 

While construction of the new school continues, Edison teachers and students have relocated to the former Willard school site at 29th & Lincoln for two years. After the new Edison building is completed and opens in fall 2022, Camas Ridge Elementary School will occupy the swing school for two years during the construction of the new Camas Ridge building.

Voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed the school bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements for 4J schools. In addition to constructing a new building for Edison Elementary School, bond funds will be used to construct new school buildings for North Eugene High School and Camas Ridge Elementary School, expand Gilham Elementary School, and make other capital improvements across the district. Every school will benefit.

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Engaging Summer Courses for Middle Schoolers

4J teachers lead fun, enriching short classes for students entering grades 6–8

Program Details & Registration

Eugene School District 4J is offering fun and educational classes for middle schoolers to dance, climb, cook, sew and wrestle their way through the dog days of summer with their peers.

The district is offering free summer enrichment courses led by 4J educators, with nearly 30 classes tailored specifically for students entering grade 6–8.

The classes provide 4J middle schoolers with an opportunity to engage their brains and re-engage with peers in person over the summer with interesting subjects and creative activities.

Middle school summer courses span a wide range of topics including robotics, creative writing, court and net sports, track and field, dancing, sewing, art, t-shirt printing, fiber arts, band, event planning and management, culinary arts, mariachi music, wrestling, rock climbing and photography. In a patchwork quilt class, students will make quilts for St. Vincent de Paul’s emergency shelter for unhoused families.

The first classes start next week and others are scheduled throughout August. Courses range from 1 day to 3 weeks, with most running 3–5 days. Some of the initial list of courses have filled, while others are still accepting registrations.

The courses will be taught in person and are open to students who will be in grades 6–8 at a 4J middle school during the 2021–22 school year. Students may take courses offered at any location, regardless of which 4J middle school they attend. Register today!

Learn More

Middle School Summer Program Info & Registration
Summer Enrichment Offerings for All 4J Students

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Summer Construction Projects In Progress

Facility improvement projects are underway, preparing schools for students’ return in fall 2021

School’s out for summer, and construction crews are hard at work across the district making improvements to school facilities while students are out of school.

In addition to the annual summer work of deep cleaning, groundskeeping and maintenance projects, the 4J facilities team is tackling more than 20 school improvement projects including painting, classroom improvements, and building renovations such as replacing bleachers, remodeling locker rooms and installing a new readerboard.

Schools, fields and other facilities will receive some TLC this summer, including:

  • Classroom renovations — multiple sites
  • Entrance renovation — Twin Oaks Elementary School
  • Restroom renovation — Fox Hollow Campus
  • Modular classroom design — Kelly Middle School
  • Turf replacements — Sheldon and Churchill high schools
  • Track topcoat/striping — Churchill, North Eugene and South Eugene high schools
  • Exterior painting — Kennedy Middle School, district office and other sites
  • Readerboard installation — South Eugene High School
  • Bleacher replacement — Kennedy and Monroe middle schools
  • Locker room remodel — Churchill and Sheldon high schools

Work also is continuing this summer on the Gilham Elementary School expansion and the new buildings for Edison Elementary School and North Eugene High School.

Many of these improvements are possible thanks to the bond measures approved by voters in 2013 and 2018. Thank you, voters, for investing in our community’s future.

Learn more:

Bond Measure Projects
New Edison Elementary School Building
New North Eugene High School Building
Gilham Elementary School Expansion

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Back to School In-Person, Full-Time This Fall

Students are expected to return to school on-site five days a week in fall 2021

Eugene School District 4J is delighted to be welcoming students back to school this fall to attend classes on-site full-time, five days a week, after more than a year of distance learning and hybrid on-site / online learning.

Thank you for your partnership in navigating the changes and challenges of supporting students’ safety and success during the pandemic. 4J schools will continue to partner with families to support students’ needs as we resume more regular school schedules and activities.

The district will continue to offer an online option for families who prefer all online learning. However, resources will need to be focused in our on-site school programs and there will not be an online program tied to individual schools like the Same School Online option that was offered last year.

4J schools will continue to take preventive measures for the health and safety of our students, families and staff. While we anticipate a return to more normal school schedules and activities, there likely will be some requirements that will continue at the start of the school year, such as the use of face masks, physical distancing, and staying home when sick or exposed, to help keep the coronavirus from spreading in schools. These details are in development. More information will be shared later this summer.

For families planning dates in advance, the 2021–22 school calendar is available now. We look forward to welcoming our students back in the fall!

Enroll Your Student Today

2021–22 School Calendar Dates

Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority:
Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year

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4J Wins National Award for Distance Learning Initiatives

District named Smart Cities North America Award winner for keeping students connected to learning during pandemic

Eugene School District 4J has won a national award for providing students with the wide-ranging technology and support they required to learn from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

In June, IDC Government Insights named 4J one of two finalists in the education category for its fourth annual Smart Cities North America Awards. This week, the orgnaization announced that 4J had won the award in the education category as determined by public voting.

The awards, given in 11 different categories, recognize U.S. municipalities that have implemented smart city projects—public initiatives that use technology and data-gathering to offer new services and economic opportunities and improve residents’ quality of life. Winners include cities, counties and universities, such as Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Harris County (TX), and Arizona State University.

IDC Government Insights recognized Eugene School District 4J, and in particular its Technology Department, for essentially outfitting students with a digital classroom at home when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly closed Oregon school buildings on March 16, 2020. All 4J students learned remotely for a full year until March 2021, when students began to return to school buildings in a hybrid on-site/online learning model. Nearly one-third of families elected to have their students continue all-online learning through the end of the school year.

To keep students learning, the district’s technology team moved quickly to purchase more devices, distributed a laptop or tablet to each of 4J’s nearly 16,000 students, and implemented an additional web filtering platform to better protect students when using technology remotely. The team deployed the Zoom video conferencing platform and Canvas and Seesaw learning management systems, so students and educators could connect each school day and students could receive and complete assignments online.

The district also distributed nearly 800 mobile WiFi hotspots to students without internet connection and worked with an internet provider to provide free broadband access to low-income families, so they too could remain connected to their educators and peers. Safe internet hubs at school facilities were made available for the small number of students who could not gain internet access at home due to geography.

In addition, the technology team provided a tremendously increased amount of tech support for students, families and staff with a help desk available in English and Spanish via an online form, email and phone, as well as creating a myriad of how-to and troubleshooting guides to support self-help.

“The winners of our fourth annual SCNAA represent the most innovative and forward-thinking municipalities across North America, dedicated to making cities more livable and uncovering new ways to offer services and economic opportunities for all its citizens,” said Ruthbea Yesner, Vice President, IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities and Communities Strategies. “We are proud to shine a spotlight on these successful smart city initiatives and encourage the next generation of change makers for the greater good of our communities.”

Eugene School District 4J, along with the other award winners, will be honored at the Smart Cities Connect conference near Washington, D.C. in October.

More information:

Smart Cities North America Awards Winners
IDC Government Insights

4J Student Technology: Keep or Return?
4J Technology Support for Families

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School Board Members Sworn In

Two newcomers, one returning member elected to school board 

Three school board members who were elected May 18 have been sworn in to serve 4-year terms on the Eugene School District 4J board of directors. The three board members took the oath of office and began their four-year terms on July 1, 2021.

Judy Newman was elected to continue serving as a member of the Eugene School Board for the 2021–2025 term. Ms. Newman has served on the school board since 2017.

Laural O’Rourke and Maya Rabasa are newly elected to the board. They replace Anne Marie Levis and Jim Torrey, who opted not to run for reelection in 2021.

The Eugene School Board has seven members, elected from the district at large. The other four positions will be on the ballot in May 2023.


Pictured above: Maya Rabasa, Laural O’Rourke and Judy Newman being sworn in as 4J board members on July 7, 2021.

More information:

About the 4J school board
Additional election information

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Free Weekly Food Boxes Available in July

Starting July 7, free meal boxes for youth can be picked up Wednesdays at ATA, Cal Young, Madison and South Eugene

Eugene School District 4J is offering free food boxes for 4J students and other youth every Wednesday in July and early August. Food box pickup times and locations will change starting July 7.

Meal boxes can be picked up on Wednesdays, 12–1 p.m., at four school sites across the district: Arts & Technology Academy, Cal Young Middle School, Madison Middle School and South Eugene High School. Any remaining food boxes not distributed on Wednesday will be available for pickup at the back of the district office on Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., while supplies last.

The weekly food box is filled with fixings for seven days of breakfasts and lunches—including fruits, vegetables, milk, sandwich makings, and breakfast foods such as scones or cereal. Vegetarian, made-without-gluten, and soy milk options are available.

Families can pick up meals at any location regardless of where they live or attend school. Free food boxes are provided for all 4J students and all youth age 18 and under. There are no income requirements and no application or pre-registration process.

Weekly food boxes will be available for pickup through mid-August, ending the week of August 18. There will be a brief break in meal service at the end of the summer, as 4J’s nutrition services team prepares for the fall return to school.

Since March 2020, Eugene School District 4J has provided more than two million free nutritious meals to local youth. Free meals also will be available to all students in 4J schools throughout the 2021–22 school year, thanks to the extension of a federal program that makes it possible to provide free meals without application requirements.

When:

Youth food box pickup
Wednesdays 12–1 p.m.
July 7–August 18

Where:

  • Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
  • Cal Young Middle School, 2555 Gilham Road
  • Madison Middle School, 875 Wilkes Drive
  • South Eugene High School, 400 E. 19th Ave.

Second Chance: Any remaining food boxes will be available for pickup behind the district office, 200 N. Monroe St., on Thursdays between 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., while supplies last.

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