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The Eugene 4J School District needs bus drivers and it is offering a boost in pay as incentive. 



Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

On Monday, the deadline for Oregon educators to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Eugene 4J School District said the vast majority of its staff is in compliance.

Brian Bull / KLCC


Oregon’s temporary emergency substitute teacher license allows schools to hire subs who don’t have a college degree. Area officials confirm they’re pinched for substitute help. 

Oregon Health Authority

The Corvallis School Board decided Thursday night not to become the first district in Oregon to require COVID-19 vaccines for all eligible students.


Hanin Najjar / OPB

Portland’s Reed College has reported only four positive COVID-19 cases since its fall semester began in late August.

Low case numbers seem to be a trend at many of Oregon’s private colleges and universities, even as thousands of students have returned to campuses in person.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene’s 4J School Board unanimously approved a motion on Wednesday to increase compensation for transportation employees. 


A new emergency rule allows Oregon school districts to hire substitute teachers who don’t have a bachelor’s degree. It’s meant to address a 43% drop in the number of registered subs statewide.  

Oregon State University

For the fourth year in a row, Oregon State University has won a national award for having a campus culture committed to diversity and inclusion.

Karen Richards

The third and last Eugene 4J school to be built from a 2018 voter-approved bond is near the permitting phase. Camas Ridge Elementary in South Eugene will host a final design open house Monday, October 11th.  

Rachael McDonald

Like 2020, 2021 was a year unlike any other for Oregon students. And for the second year in a row, Oregon’s At-A-Glance profiles, released Thursday, reflect that.

Eugene 4J Schools

The Eugene 4J School District announced late Wednesday there will be no school for students Monday, October 18th. Spokesperson Kerry Delf says it’s because that’s the day all teachers, staff, volunteers and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC

The University of Oregon is seeing its largest ever freshman class this year officials announced Monday. The same day the fall term started, the university said it is welcoming more than 4,600 freshmen students to campus.

Phil and Penny Knight Campus For Accelerating Scientific Impact

Program Date: Sept. 24, 2021

Air Date: Sept. 27, 2021

From the City Club of Eugene:

In 2016, Phil and Penny Knight donated $500 million – the largest gift ever given to a U.S. public flagship university at the time – to launch the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon.


Facing termination for not wearing a mask, Terrebonne Community School teacher Tori Caudell asked that her termination hearing to the board not be done privately, in executive session, but publicly, during the board’s September 22 board meeting.


Melorie Begay/KLCC News

The University of Oregon saw an estimated 2,700 students descend on-campus in Eugene for UO's Move-in Day on Thursday. Classes start Sept. 27 with the university touting a readiness for COVID-19.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC

The start of University of Oregon's fall term is quickly approaching. COVID-19 measures are in place as staff and students return to in-person classrooms for the first time since spring 2020.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC

Eugene School District 4J is holding a virtual COVID-19 parent information session Monday. The district says the goal is to keep families up to date about the return to in-person learning.

Oregon State University

Fall terms are about to begin at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. And that means students are moving back to campus this week in Corvallis and Eugene.



With in-person learning underway in K-12, Lane County Public Health has been working closely with educational partners to mitigate possibilities of COVID-19 spread.

Smoke Signals newspaper; Wikipedia; Friends of Letitia Carson

For the first time in its history, the Corvallis School District has three schools named for BIPOC individuals.



Willamalane Parks and Recreation District in Springfield is facing a staffing shortage that’s left several programs on hold as they look for new hires.

University Of Oregon Announces Record Fundraising

Sep 15, 2021
Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon announced Wednesday that it has set a record by fundraising more than $3 billion.

University of Oregon

Eugene 4J and Bethel School Districts have opted-in to a voluntary weekly testing program for COVID-19. It’s administered by the University of Oregon in partnership with Oregon Health Authority.  


Karen Richards

The first day of school looked a bit different for staff and students in Eugene today [Friday], but after 18 months of changing protocols, teachers are well prepared.

Eugene 4J Schools

Like many school districts across the country, Eugene 4J is coping with a staffing shortage for bus drivers. The district has made adjustments as the school year begins.



Lane Community College

The surge in Covid-19 cases in Lane County has prompted Lane Community College to move to mostly remote classes this fall. The announcement came Tuesday.


Rachael McDonald

Some parents of Eugene 4J students are asking the district to postpone the first day of school as the Delta variant surges through Lane County. A petition is circulating to push for the delay. 



Rachael McDonald / KLCC News

The University of Oregon and Oregon State University announced on Wednesday that they are requiring weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students and employees.

As the start of the school year looms, at least three Oregon school districts have delayed the start of the new school year.

In the Alsea School District in Benton County, school was set to start on Monday. But on Aug. 21, Superintendent Marc Thielman shared a message with families, announcing a delay to the school year due to an elementary staff member testing positive for COVID-19. School staff was in training together, Thielman said.

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is helping provide free voluntary COVID-19 testing at K-12 schools this fall, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.