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Eugene 4J School Board Discusses Superintendent Search, COVID Policies

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Jen Wright
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The Eugene 4J district is beginning their search for a new superintendent, as they prepare to launch into an uncertain school year. 

  

In a public board meeting on Wednesday, community members protested the state mask mandate and asked the board to consider accommodations for students with hearing disabilities.

A student at North Eugene High School asked for school sports to be exempt and described his difficulties playing sports while masked.

One parent asked if 4J will adopt the Oregon Department of Education’s “10-day drop policy”, which would un-enroll students after a 10-day consecutive absence from classes. They pointed out the policy could clash with mandatory quarantines.

The board also discussed a shortage of bus drivers, COVID policies and protocols, and future changes to curriculum. In the search for a new superintendent, the board is creating a subcommittee to hire a search firm to recruit applicants.

The next board meeting is on September 1.