Eugene 4j

Program Date: April 9, 2021

Air Date: April 12, 2021

From the City Club of Eugene:

On May 18, voters in Eugene School District 4j will have the opportunity to choose among the candidates for three seats on the board. 

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As the Eugene 4J school district prepares for hybrid learning, the district is taking stock of their personal protective equipment. 4J plans to have different types of PPE in schools.

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The Eugene 4J school district announced they will not resume in-person learning until staff for returning grade levels have the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J school board unanimously voted Wednesday night to support the district’s efforts to begin hybrid learning. Some students could resume in-person school in mid-Mar.

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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.

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Some education staff in Lane County are preparing to get vaccinated this week after the county received 1,700 doses for educators. The Eugene 4J district is receiving about one-fifth of the doses needed to vaccinate all staff.

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The Eugene 4J school district unanimously approved a COVID-19 temporary leave program during their Wednesday school board meeting. This comes after the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired on Dec. 31.

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After schools closed for winter break, Gov. Kate Brown announced on Dec. 23 that school reopening restrictions would shift from mandatory to advisory recommendations. This was with the goal of having more schools statewide return to some form of in-person learning by Feb. 15. 

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Athletics will resume for Eugene 4J school district students on Jan. 25. Director of High School Education Andy Dey said some sports, such as football, basketball, dance, cheer, and wrestling will not have competitions.  

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Lane County Public Health is offering two free COVID-19 testing opportunities for Eugene 4J families and staff.

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The Eugene organization Youth Era is opening a drop-in center for students in need of resources. The program will begin as soon as COVID-19 protocols allow.

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The Eugene 4J school district has served more than one million meals since they switched to online learning in mid-march. Now the district is expanding to also provide dinner to local youth.

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The Eugene 4J district unanimously approved their All Students Belong policy during Wednesday’s school board meeting. The new rule will ban the presence of hate symbols, such as a swastika, noose and the Confederate flag.

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The return to in-person learning is not just about low coronavirus numbers among the community. School district staff have to rethink almost all aspects of school in order to abide by COVID-19 protocols.

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Starting Dec. 2, community members will be able to provide live public comments during the Eugene 4J’s virtual school board meetings. Each commenter will have a two-minute time limit.

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The Oregon Department of Education approved the temporary All Students Belong rule in September to ban hate symbols in schools. The Eugene 4J school district is scheduled to vote on the policy during their Dec. 2 board meeting.

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The Eugene Education Foundation recently received a $100,000 donation from a retired 4J educator. The funds will establish a program to help 4J students who have experienced severe trauma.

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The surge in coronavirus cases and the governor’s new lockdown means students statewide are not allowed to have indoor workouts. The Eugene 4J School District also announced during their Wednesday board meeting they do not anticipate returning to in-person school until well after the New Year.

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After a year of discussion, the Eugene 4J school board unanimously approved the expansion of its religious observances policy during its Oct. 21 board meeting.

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The Eugene 4J School board meetings will host live virtual public comment periods. Since the beginning of the pandemic, community members have had to submit written testimonies, typically in the form of emails. 4J School Board Chair Mary Walston says she’s pleased the district will be able to offer this opportunity.

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The Eugene 4J school board Wednesday unanimously approved extending the one-year appointment of Interim Superintendent Cydney Vandercar through next school year.

 

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The transition to comprehensive distance learning has led many students to switch to being homeschooled, or not enrolling in school at all. Now the Eugene 4J School District is experiencing the largest drop in enrollment since 1961. 

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The Oregon Department of Education released new reopening metrics last week, easing districts’ ability to return to in-person classes. But there aren’t a lot of changes for families in Lane County.

 

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 There may be a solution for Eugene 4J families struggling with technology during distance learning. The school district will hold multiple virtual tech training sessions over the next few weeks. 

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On June 24, the board approved a resolution to modify the district’s student safety model, with the goal of “correcting practices and policies that perpetuate opportunity and achievement gaps and institutional racism.”

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Starting Monday, the Eugene 4J and Springfield School Districts will begin delivering meals to students. The districts are trying to support working parents who may be unable to pick up their free meals. The Springfield School District will be delivering lunches to children in the Springfield area, as well as students in the McKenzie School District. 

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The Eugene 4J school district has created three hubs for students who have trouble accessing internet. But, the number of COVID-19 cases is providing an additional barrier.

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As the pandemic continues, families in the Eugene 4J school district are trying to navigate online learning, as well as the future reopening of school buildings. But students have another option for extended online learning.

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The Eugene 4J school district announced Tuesday the entire fall trimester will be online. This is an update from 4J’s previous announcement to only have online learning for roughly the first four weeks of the school year.

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The Eugene 4J school district will hold virtual information sessions over the next two weeks about reopening for the fall. According to a press release, at least the first four weeks of the school year will be online.

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