4J furlough days to save $1 million, officials say

The district will continue providing free meals through the furlough period.

Posted: May 31, 2020 4:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene School District 4J on Sunday announced their plans for furlough days through the remainder of the school year.

They are the latest in a string of districts to put furlough days in place in anticipation of the upcoming budget shortfall as a result of the pandemic.

District officials said they want to maintain class sizes, minimize layoffs and keep a full school year next year.

When realities of the pandemic began to hit earlier this spring, the district put a hiring and expenditure freeze in place.

The following are furlough days planned for June:

  • Thursday, June 4 will be a no-teacher day for elementary students
  • Friday, June 5 will be a no-teacher day for middle and high school students (and was already a scheduled no-teacher day for elementary students)
  • Wednesday, June 10, will be the final school day, instead of June 11.

Officials said these changes will save about $1 million.

On furlough days, employees do not work and are not paid. Officials said they have applied for the Work Share Oregon program, which provides state unemployment and federal funding to offset lost wages.

The district will continue providing free meals through the furlough period.

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