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4J to Discuss School Reopening Process at Next Wednesday Board Meeting

Elizabeth Gabriel


School districts have been reevaluating their reopening plans since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced new in-person guidelines last week. The Eugene 4J district will provide an update on reopening during their next Wednesday board meeting.

With the state’s new reopening guidelines, districts have more control over deciding when students should start hybrid learning. But 4J school board chair Mary Walston said the district still needs to determine who has the final say on 4J students can return in-person.

“I think it’s important to figure out what the decision making process [is]. Is it us seven? Or a series of recommendations from the superintendent? My understanding is Springfield — the superintendent made the decision. My understanding is further that in Bethel they had an emergency board meeting last week and they decided not to go back into classes right away and continue with distance learning," said Walston. "So it’s a mixed bag locally.”

The next virtual 4J school board meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7pm.

The meeting will be broadcasted on KRVM 1280-AM, on the 4J website, and via zoom. Public comment can be submitted by emailing board@4j.lane.edu, with the subject line clearly labeled ‘Public Comment.’ Community members wanting to speak during a virtual board meeting must submit a request before noon on the Monday before the meeting.

Copyright KLCC, 2021.


Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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