4J parents divided over full school reopening amid case surge

"This is not about politics-- end the end, it's about keeping people safe and healthy and keep things moving forward," Burg said.

Posted: Sep 5, 2021 8:52 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2021 10:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Students are about to go back in classrooms this week, but some parents in Eugene want to hold off.

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A petition asking to delay the full reopening of 4J schools until COVID-19 numbers get better has hundreds of signatures.

The organizers of the petition say the delta variant and the rising case numbers are the reason why they're asking for the delay.

Jarl Berg, a 4J parent, said he supports the petition but doesn't think it will change anything.

"This is not about politics-- in the end, it's about keeping people safe and healthy and keeping things moving forward," Berg said.

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There's also another petition going around right now with parents expressing the opposite sentiment.

Parents who've signed that one want students to return on time and in-person.

Those wanting an on time return said the lack of proper education poses a bigger risk to the students.

In the petition, it states:

"Teachers have had the opportunity to be vaccinated and many kids over 12 have been as well. 4J has provided families with on-line options if a family isn't willing to accept the risk. Risk averse families shouldn't dictate the decisions of our district."

KEZI asked users on Facebook what they think about 4J schools reopening, and the reactions were mixed.

One user named Rochelle said, "Yeah, I totally agree with keeping kids home until cases go down right now; they are too high and too scary."

Another user named Kellie added.

"Enough is enough! You have the choice to homeschool your child or find an alternative option that suits your family. My kids deserve to be back in school," Kellie said.

As for now-- the first day of classes for all 4J grades is September 10.

Those who wanted online learning had to request the option back in August.

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KEZI did reach out to 4J school district about the petitions but did not hear back.

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