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Back to School: Hybrid Return Updates

Grades K–1 to begin hybrid on-site orientation week of March 15 • Middle and high school pathway change requests due March 4

We are excited to welcome students back to school buildings in the coming weeks. 

4J students will begin safely returning to school buildings in a hybrid on-site learning model in March. This will start with the youngest grades and add grade levels over time. 

Students in the hybrid model will learn on-site two days a week in alternating groups. 

Extensive health and safety measures will be in place, including face masks worn at all times by everyone at school, physical distancing, hand hygiene, extra cleaning and improved ventilation. 

Free school meals will be provided for all students. 

Please read on for more information about:
• Grades K–1 begin with on-site orientation the week of March 15
• Middle and high school pathway change requests due March 4
• Hybrid schedule for all grade levels: On-site learning Mon/Tue or Thu/Fri

Eugene School District 4J Return to School

Hybrid Timeline: First Grades First 

The youngest grades, kindergarten and first grade, will be the first to return to in-person learning  in a hybrid model, followed by older grades. 

Elementary schools will hold on-site orientation for kindergarten and first grade students during the week of March 15, before spring break, to provide a supportive start with small-group meetings and modeling for our littlest learners. K–1 students will begin a full hybrid learning schedule after spring break, starting March 29. Please watch for specific information to come from your school. 

Older elementary students in grades 2–5 are expected to begin the hybrid learning model the week of April 5, and middle and high schools the following week of April 12, if vaccines are delivered on schedule and our local public health conditions continue to meet state guidelines for reopening schools. 

Expected timeline (*new information and updated dates):
March 4*: Middle and high school learning pathway change requests due
March 5*: Elementary families notified of classroom and cohort assignment
• March 5 & 12*: Elementary asynchronous learning days, teachers prepare for hybrid transition
March 15*: Elementary classroom changes implemented
March 15 week*: Grades K–1 attend on-site orientation events
March 20–28: Spring break
March 29: Trimester 3 begins for middle and high school
• March 29: Grades K–1 begin full hybrid learning schedule
April 5: Grades 2–5 begin hybrid learning model
April 12: Grades 6–12 begin hybrid learning model
Tentative dates are subject to change

Illustration showing some students attending school on-site on Mondays and Tuesdays, other students attending on-site on Thursdays and Fridays 

Hybrid Schedule: On-Site Learning Two Days Each Week 

Students returning to school buildings in a hybrid learning model this spring will learn on-site in alternating groups. Each group of students will learn on-site at school two days a week and online at home three days a week.

Students in Group A will learn on-site at school on Mondays and Tuesdays, and online at home the other days. Students in Group B will learn on-site at school on Thursdays and Fridays, and online at home the other days. On Wednesdays, all students will learn from home.

Middle and high school schedules will be similar to the current distance learning schedule, with high school classes in the morning and middle school classes in the afternoon. Daily class schedules also will remain similar, with live class time for Periods 1, 2 and 3 on Mondays and Thursdays and Periods 4, 5 and 6 / 0 on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Elementary schools will shift to a hybrid schedule more similar to regular school times, with a 5-hour school day starting 7:55 a.m. for schools with the earlier regular start time and at 8:45 a.m. for schools with the later regular start time. 

The district has shifted the hybrid learning schedule to have each group of students attend school on-site two days a week, rather than in alternating weeks as was originally planned, following the recommendation of the Elementary, Middle and High School Operations Workgroups—teachers and specialists working side-by-side with administrators, and listening to teacher voice and parent input. The original plan for alternating weeks was developed when less was known about the coronavirus and the district expected to have students on-site in a hybrid model for most of the school year.

 

Middle & High School: Choose Your Learning Location

There are three learning pathways available to 4J students this school year: 

Same School Hybrid — When 4J schools return to in-person learning, it will be in a hybrid model. Students enrolled in this learning pathway will attend classes on-site at school some days and online at home on other days. This is the right choice for families who want their students to learn in-person at school some of the time. 

Same School Online — Students enrolled in this learning pathway will continue learning 100% online at home with their regular school for the rest of the school year. This is the right choice for families who want their students to keep learning online with their regular school all of the time. 

Eugene Online Academy — The Eugene Online Academy is a separate program providing 100% online, asynchronous (on-demand) learning, supplemented by optional real-time check-ins. Students enrolling in EOA this year will not lose their place at their regular school. This is a choice for families who want their students to learn online with a different curricular program and on their own schedule, without synchronous class time. 

Each family situation is unique. Some families are eager for students to return to in-person learning, while others are concerned about making this change soon.

4J is offering families one more opportunity to change their choice of learning pathways before beginning on-site learning in the hybrid model. Elementary families had the opportunity to change between hybrid and online enrollment options in February. Now, middle and high school families may change their student’s pathway for the final trimester. 

Middle and high school families will receive an email and text today with their student’s ID number and current enrollment pathway.

If you want to change your student’s learning pathway for the third trimester, please complete the online request form by Thursday, March 4.

Please make the best choice for your student based on whether you want them to learn in-person at school some of the time, keep learning all online, or learn all online independently, asynchronously and separately from your regular school.   

Families only need to respond if they want to make a change. No action is needed if you want to continue with your student’s current choice. 

Thank You

Thank you for your continued engagement and support throughout this challenging year.

We all look forward to being able to safely reopen 4J school buildings and welcome students back into classrooms as soon as possible. Our priorities remain the health and safety of our students, staff and families, and our students’ academic growth and social emotional wellbeing.

Middle & High School Learning Pathway Change Form
Caminos educativos: Solicitud de cambio para estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria

 

Learn More

Recent Updates:
February 18
February 9
February 4
January 20
January 7

More Information: 
State Metrics for Hybrid Return
Current Case Rates by County
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Health & Safety for On-Site Learning
4J Return to Learning FAQs 

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Interdistrict Transfers: Non-Residents Apply in March

Live outside of 4J? Apply March 1–31 for district transfer lottery

Apply online March 1–31

In Eugene School District 4J, we have a long history of school choice. We welcome all students and families to attend our schools. Students who live anywhere in the district may request to attend a school other than their neighborhood school, provided there is space available to meet the student’s needs. Families who live outside of the district also may request a transfer to 4J.

Lotteries are held each spring to determine the order in which requests are granted. Families who live outside of the district boundary must apply online between Monday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 31, to be included in the annual interdistrict transfer lottery.

Out-of-district families will be asked to indicate which 4J schools they prefer, among those open to requests. Transfers will be offered in an order determined by lottery, pending release from the student’s district of residence.

Many 4J schools are open to requests from out-of-district students. Other schools are not open to requests from out-of-district residents because they will not have spaces left after 4J residents are accommodated.

Students seeking a transfer to 4J may request to enroll at the following schools:

Returning seniors: Currently enrolled juniors at a 4J high school who have moved out of district and want a transfer to continue in 12th grade, please contact schoolchoice@4j.lane.edu.

Learn More & Apply Online

Application period
Monday, March 1–Wednesday, March 31

Apply online
4j.lane.edu/schoolchoice

More information
4J School Choice
Out-of-District Transfers

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Free COVID-19 Testing • Pruebas Gratis de COVID-19

Sábado: Pruebas de COVID-19 gratis para la comunidad latinx y para todos • Free COVID-19 testing offered every other Saturday

Learn more and pre-register (not required)
Más información y registración (no es requerido)

Eugene School District 4J has partnered with the University of Oregon and is hosting free COVID-19 testing for 4J families and staff and community members every other week.

Pruebas de COVID-19 gratis para la comunidad el 27 de febrero, 2021

The next COVID testing event is Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., at the 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.

Testing is free and available to everyone regardless of insurance or immigration status. It is offered on a first-come, first-served basis; no appointments will be available. Preregistration is recommended, but not required: blogs.uoregon.edu/osjp/registro.

The testing is provided by the University of Oregon and is a self-collected shallow nasal swab. Results will be available within 2–4 days.

If you have questions, please see the information at the registration link or email c19MAP@uoregon.edu.

Free COVID-19 Testing Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at the 4J Education CenterFree COVID-19 Testing

Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Where: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
Who: Everyone is welcome
For more information & to register: blogs.uoregon.edu/osjp/registro

Upcoming dates:
March 13 & 27
April 10 & 24
May 8 & 22
June 5 & 19
July 3, 17 & 31
August 14 & 28

Other Free COVID-19 Testing Options

University of Oregon — various dates and times, pre-registration required
Lane County Public Health — various locations and dates

More Information

COVID-19 After Testing Guide/COVID-19: Después de la Prueba
Lane County Public Health: Coronavirus Information

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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – February 2021 – Issue 324

Eugene Education Association - EEA

4J BENEFITS AND WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
Prepared by Jamie Myers • 541-790-7682 • myers_j@4j.lane.edu •           February 24, 2021 • Issue Number 324

SICK LEAVE BANK OPEN

The second Sick Leave Bank enrollment window of 2020-21 is open, and will remain open until April 2, 2021. If you can’t remember the last time you donated, shoot me an email, and I will let you know the date of your last donation, whether or not you are an active member, and when you will need to donate another day to keep your membership current.

To maintain active membership, members must donate at least one day (prorated to your FTE) every two years. You may donate up to 16 hours per year even if you don’t need to renew your membership. So if you have days to spare, feel free to send one or two to the Sick Leave Bank.

DISCOVER OLLI – UO

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a membership program available to adults age 50 and up. Its mission is to support lifelong learning through an intellectual and social community of engaged adult learners. Through OLLI-UO, members have unlimited access to lectures, courses, study groups and more, covering a multitude of topics.

OLLI is hosting a free event the week of March 15 – 19, 2021 called “Discover OLLI.” This is a great opportunity to check out what OLLI has to offer, and see if it might meet your needs and interests. You can find more information about Discover OLLI – UO at https://osher.uoregon.edu/index.php.

 HEART HEALTH HABITS

❤︎ 150 minutes of exercise each week ❤︎ Eat lots of fruits and veggies every day ❤ ︎Get an annual well check ❤︎ Sleep for eight hours each night ❤︎ Decrease stress ❤︎ Brush and floss your teeth regularly ❤︎ Know your family’s heart health history ❤︎ Stop smoking

WELLNESS WEBINAR SERIES

The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Reliant Behavioral Health, is offering a series of free seminars to 4J employees & retirees throughout the 2020-21 school year.

Our next seminar is Empathy on Empty: Compassion Fatigue. Even the most empathic person can become so overwhelmed by the chronic stress associated with caregiving that negative attitudes start to take over. This concept, known as compassion fatigue, is particularly common among those in helping professions. During this session, we’ll explore the root causes and symptoms of compassion fatigue as well as provide strategies for overcoming it.

The class will take place:

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Via Zoom Meeting

To register, please contact Jamie Myers by Tuesday, March 9th: myers_j@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7682.

Looking ahead, April’s seminar will be Calm Down: Meditation and Relaxation Guide.

April 20, 2021 • 5:00 p.m.

NEED MEDICAL CARE?  TRY THE 4J WELLNESS CLINIC!

Who can use the Clinic? Insurance-eligible 4J employees and their dependents, as well as OEBB insurance-enrolled retirees and their OEBB enrolled dependents (age 4 and above) may receive care at the 4J Wellness Clinic.

What to Expect:

  • COVID safety protocols are in place, including:
    • Temperature checks at the door.
    • Outdoor space for symptomatic patients and COVID testing
  • When you call, Clinic Staff will assess whether to schedule an in-person or telehealth visit.
  • Behavioral health patients are all being seen virtually.
  • Be prepared to present your medical insurance card. Although you will not receive a bill for services, the Clinic will bill your insurance for the visit.
  • 4J Wellness Clinic: 541-686-1427
  • Clinic Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., except holidays. The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

COVID ARM, ANYONE?

Okay, you received your first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and breezed through the sore arm phase. Maybe you had a headache, or felt a bit fatigued for a few days. No big deal. Then, about a week after you were vaccinated, your arm starts to itch where you got your shot. You check it out, and it’s a little red, and feels warm to touch. You have COVID Arm.

It is actually called delayed cutaneous hypersensitivity, which means your skin had a delayed reaction to the injection. Other than mild discomfort, however, COVID Arm is nothing to worry about. 4J Wellness Clinic practitioner Shannon Micheel recommends treating it with cortisone cream or an antihistamine for the itching, and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain. The reaction should subside after a day or two. If you’re concerned, then give the Wellness Clinic a call and schedule a telehealth appointment. I actually had COVID Arm, and a quick telehealth visit was convenient and very reassuring.

Experiencing this unusual side effect from the Moderna vaccine does NOT mean you should skip your second dose. You should, however, register at https://vsafe.cdc.gov/, so you can report your symptoms. And when you do get your second dose…you might want to ask for it in your other arm.

A PIECE OF PERS: IAP REDIRECT

PERS retirement benefits are made up of two parts: a member’s lifetime, monthly pension and the Individual Account Program (IAP). Each month, 4J has been contributing 6% of members’ salaries to their IAP. This is not a deduction. It is in addition to the monthly salary.

Effective July 1, 2020, a portion of most members’ 6%-of-salary contribution to their IAP is being redirected to an Employee Pension Stability Account (EPSA). Each member’s EPSA will help fund their defined benefits provided under Tier One/Tier Two and OPSRP. The redirect applies to all active members who earn at least $2535 per month in salary.

Tier One/Two members:

  • 5% of your salary goes into your EPSA.
  • 5% of your salary goes into your IAP.

OPSRP members:

  • 75% of your salary goes into your ESPA.
  • 25% of your salary goes into you IAP.

All active PERS members have the option of making a voluntary, after-tax contribution to their IAP if they wish to keep their monthly contribution at 6%. Log onto your Online Member Services (OMS) account through PERS if you wish to make this voluntary contribution.

  • Tier One/Two members may contribute 2.5%.
  • OPSRP members may contribute 0.75%.

Resources: PERS – 888-320-7377

PERS IAP Voluntary Contribution FAQs:

https://www.oregon.gov/pers/MEM/Documents/SB1049-Voluntary-Contributions-FAQs.pdf

Oregon PERS Website:

https://www.oregon.gov/pers/Pages/index.aspx

FAST FACTS ON INDIVIDUAL LEAVE

Sick Leave:

  • 96 hours (12 days) of sick leave are earned each year (pro-rated for FTE).
  • An unlimited number of sick leave hours may be accumulated.
  • Up to 40 hours of sick leave may be used to care for an ill family member.
  • You may take sick leave to go to medical appointments.
  • You do not have to use sick leave in increments of 4 or 8 hours.

 Personal Leave:

  • 16 hours (2 days) of personal leave are granted each year (pro-rated for FTE).
  • Unused personal leave days may be accumulated up to a total of three days.
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Virtual Meeting: Camas Ridge School Design Begins

Community invited to online presentation about school design process

Design work is beginning for the new Camas Ridge Elementary School. Thanks to voters’ approval of the 2018 school bond measure, three new school buildings will be built to replace aging facilities and other capital improvements will be funded at every 4J school. The new North Eugene High School and Edison Elementary School are beginning construction and on track for completion. Now, the architect team has been selected and the design process is starting for Camas Ridge Elementary School.

Pivot Architecture is beginning the schematic design phase for the new Camas Ridge building. The new school will be designed for safety and security, efficiency and sustainability, and modern teaching and learning.

Join families, neighbors and other community members for a virtual presentation on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. to learn about preliminary planning for the design of the new school: Meet the architects. Preview the design process. See the preliminary site plan. Share your feedback after the presentation.

Camas Ridge School Design Virtual Presentation
Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Click this link to join the meeting at the scheduled time: zoom.us/j/91375913757
RSVP and invite friends: www.facebook.com/events/340201413974385
Learn more: www.4j.lane.edu/bond/projects/camasridge

Site work and construction will begin in 2022 and the new building will open in 2024. The new Camas Ridge Elementary School will be a high-quality learning environment for students now and for generations to come. 

Learn more

New Camas Ridge Elementary School
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School Meal Schedule Changes

Meal service shifts to 4 days a week as schools prepare for hybrid learning

Eugene School District 4J has been providing youth with free to-go meals since school buildings closed due to the pandemic nearly a year ago. Now, the district is preparing to return students to school buildings in a hybrid model and is adjusting the meal distribution schedule while nutrition services staff work to get school kitchens ready to again feed students in school buildings.

Starting the week of February 22 and until further notice, all meal service will be closed on Wednesdays. Two days of free breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will be provided on Tuesdays for pick-up and delivery.

Free meals are now available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for delivery and pick up between 10:45 a.m.–2 p.m. at 10 school sites across the district to all 4J students and youth 18 and younger. There is no income requirement or need to qualify. Students do not need to be present to receive a meal. The delivery of school meals is available to families who live within 4J boundary and are not near a meal pickup location or need assistance accessing meals.

Stay tuned! When the hybrid model begins, which may be as soon as March 15, the meal distribution schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the return of students to school buildings. Free meals will be provided at least through the end of the school year.

 

Food Resources for Families
Menus, Nutrition & Allergen Information
Back-to-School Update

Eugene School District 4J is an equal opportunity provider

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Back to School Update: Timeline for Hybrid Learning

Grades K–1 may return to school buildings March 15, grades 2–12 soon after spring break, if vaccines continue to arrive on schedule 

4J schools are getting ready to welcome students safely back to school buildings this spring.

Once the hybrid learning model begins for their grade, students will learn on-site at school some days and online at home on other days. (Students enrolled in an online-only learning pathway will continue learning from home.)

Hybrid learning will start with the youngest grades and add grades over time, after:
• School staff for the grade level have had opportunity to get both doses of vaccine
• Plus two weeks to develop immunity and prepare for transition to hybrid model
• Public health conditions meet Oregon advisory metrics for reopening schools

Coronavirus metrics for Lane County as of February 16, 2021

Hybrid Timeline Update

With more vaccines being distributed to Lane County, many 4J educators have been able to receive their first vaccine dose more quickly than initially predicted.

Middle and high schools may be able to begin the hybrid model sooner than originally estimated, if local COVID case rates keep improving and vaccines arrive on schedule to provide educators’ second dose.

Updated potential timeline (dependent on vaccines and COVID case rates):
March 8: Elementary classrooms shift
March 15: Grades K–1 begin hybrid learning
• March 20–28: Spring break
• March 29: Trimester 3 for middle and high school
April 5: Grades 2–5 begin hybrid learning
April 12: Grades 6–12 begin hybrid learning

Potential timeline for return to school buildings in hybrid learning model

What To Expect Next

Families will be notified at least 2 weeks before hybrid learning starts for their grade.

Elementary School

Elementary schools must assign students to separate classrooms for the hybrid and online options, adjusting for students who changed their choice this month. These classroom changes will be made shortly before hybrid learning begins—the week of March 8 if the hybrid model is beginning for grades K–1 on March 15 as planned.

Elementary schools also must assign students to hybrid groups. Families enrolled in the hybrid pathway will be notified around the end of February whether their students will come to school on-site on Mondays and Tuesdays or on Thursdays and Fridays. Elementary schools will make every effort to assign students from the same household to the same on-site school days.

Elementary hybrid learning schedule

Middle & High School

Teams of middle and high school teachers will continue working with school and district administrators to line out details in preparation for hybrid learning to begin.

Middle and high school families will be invited soon to change their learning pathway for Trimester 3 if they wish. Students have the choice of three learning pathways: Same School Hybrid, Same School Online, or Eugene Online Academy.

Thank You

We look forward to being able to reopen 4J school buildings and welcome students safely back into classrooms soon.

 

Learn More

Recent Updates:
February 9
February 4
January 20
January 7

More Information: 
State Metrics for Hybrid Return
Current Case Rates by County
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Health & Safety for On-Site Learning
4J Return to Learning FAQs 

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High School Sports Warming Up 

Football, soccer, volleyball and cross country season starts Feb. 22 

Local high schools are gearing up for school sports. Teams have already been engaging in no-contact training and conditioning activities. Now, additional sports have been given the green light, and the football, soccer, volleyball and cross country season is about to begin. 

The Eugene, Bethel and Springfield school districts have collaboratively agreed to opt in to permit high school football beginning February 22, with games tentatively scheduled to begin the week of March 4. Volleyball teams also are expected to be able to play if local COVID rates continue to improve. 

The Oregon School Activities Association adjusted the athletics calendar this year to allow sports activities for all seasons to take place on a delayed and abbreviated calendar. Traditional fall sports begin February 22, spring sports are tentatively scheduled to begin in April and winter sports in May.

Full-contact sports were prohibited until recently, when Governor Kate Brown announced Feb. 10 that schools would be allowed to opt in to outdoor contact sports providing that health and safety protocols are put in place. “School sports play an important role in fostering students’ mental, emotional, and physical health,” Governor Brown noted. Sports designated moderate or low contact, including soccer and cross country, were already permitted. 

Participating high schools must be providing limited in-person instruction and be aiming to return to on-site learning in a hybrid model sometime this school year, as 4J high schools are.

While Lane County remains in the Extreme Risk or High Risk category, the required protocols must include on-site COVID testing, contact tracing and quarantining, and a waiver identifying health and safety risks. No spectators are allowed. 

This additional step toward returning to familiar routines and activities is a positive one for our student athletes as coaches, teammates and physical activity play an important role in students’ overall health and well-being. 

The overall success of all on-site athletic and academic opportunities is dependent upon everyone doing their part to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community. This includes wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance as much as possible, practicing good hand hygiene, and continuing to follow other recommendations for public health—both on the field and off.

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4J Employee Receives Top Latinx Educator Award

Vanessa Vasquez named 2021 Distinguished Latina Educator

One of Eugene School District 4J’s outstanding employees has been named one of Oregon’s top Latinx educators.

The Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) has recognized Vanessa Vasquez, the district’s translation and interpretation services coordinator, with its Distinguished Latina Educator Award. She is the first classified employee to receive the award in its 15-year history.

OALA board president, Sarita Amaya, expressed appreciation of Ms. Vasquez’s passion and dedication to 4J’s students and families, saying, “Thank you for your commitment to empowering and uplifting students, identifying ways to increase access to high-quality instruction and services. Thank you for your commitment to empowering and uplifting families by tapping into cultural and linguistic resources and identifying ways to weave community funds of knowledge into the fabric of the educational system in Eugene School District 4J.”

4J interpretation and translation coordinator Vanessa Vasquez holds her award

Ms. Vasquez, who has worked for 4J for 18 years, manages the network of more than a dozen interpreters and translators who help 4J students and families remain connected to their learning and to the news and events in their school community. She also serves as a school district liaison with the Latinx community. Since the coronavirus pandemic closed school buildings nearly a year ago, Ms. Vasquez also has taken a leadership role in the district’s wraparound program that provides food, other essential items and resources to roughly 120 4J families weekly.

“I’m passionate about helping families, and I enjoy doing my job,” said Ms. Vasquez, noting the work wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of her co-workers. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition.”

Misael Flores Gutierrez, 4J’s equity administrator, praised Vasquez for her tireless work connecting students and families with essential items and services to meet their needs during this challenging time. “I can’t think of a better person to receive this award. This year has been increasingly difficult for families, but especially for our Latinx community. Vanessa has gone above and beyond to ensure that our district wraparound program serves our 4J families’ needs.”

Pointing out that Ms. Vasquez is the first classified employee to win the award, Ms. Amaya explained, “We felt it was so important to honor our classified staff as they have been instrumental in keeping our culturally and linguistically diverse families closely connected as we navigate virtual learning and now a gradual transition to the re-opening of schools.” Ms. Amaya added, “Administrators and teachers couldn’t do the educational equity work required for opportunity and access to a high quality, culturally responsive education without exceptional individuals like Vanessa.” 

OALA presents the award each year to a Latinx educator who has exhibited leadership in education and has implemented strategies and activities aligned with its mission, purpose and goals in the awardee’s district. Ms. Vasquez was recognized on February 5 during the association’s annual conference, which was held virtually this year.

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Local Architect Chosen to Design New Camas Ridge

Eugene firm joins the Camas Ridge Elementary School project team

Planning for the new Camas Ridge Elementary School is underway and the project’s architect team has been selected. The chosen architect has extensive local experience including designing four Eugene School District 4J school buildings.

Local architect firm Pivot Architecture has leveraged over 60 years of experience to design and build projects across Lane County, Oregon, and beyond. Pivot’s numerous recognizable local projects include the Aurora building in downtown Eugene, the City of Eugene’s Willamette Street fire station and police headquarters, McKenzie Ranger Station, and Lane Community College’s Center for Learning. The district worked with Pivot to design the new Howard and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary Schools, which opened in 2016 and 2017, and Holt and Chávez Elementary Schools, which opened in 2004.

The firm’s proposal was ranked highest by the selection committee after a review of proposals from several firms and interviews with top candidates. Contract negotiations were completed successfully and the school board approved awarding the contract to the selected architect team.

With the architect identified, the district will next bring on a construction manager/general contractor to kick off the project. The district, architect, and construction manager/general contractor will work as a team throughout the design and construction process with subcontractors selected through a publicly advertised, competitive solicitation process.

The new Camas Ridge Elementary School building is funded by the 2018 school bond measure. Voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed the bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements for 4J schools including the construction of three new school buildings for North Eugene High School, Edison Elementary School, and Camas Ridge Elementary School. Bond funds will be used to repair schools, improve security, update technology and learning materials, support career technical education, and more. Every school will benefit.

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