EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene School District 4J is the latest district to release its plans for fall classes.
In a statement to parents, the district said it is planning to return with a hybrid learning environment including online and on-site instruction for most students. Families can choose full online learning for their students.
Officials said as much as people would like things to return to normal, that is not possible.
The foundation of the hybrid system will be online and will be supplemented by in-person instruction when public health conditions allow, officials said. Schools may need to transition to fully online learning at any time as conditions change.
This remote learning is going to be more "robust" than what was put in place in spring, officials said.
North Eugene High School Junior Kaylie Preslar said the initial transition to online learning in spring impacted her learning experience. She hopes online learning will be improved in the fall and that in-person instruction will help make it easier.
"At least we are getting a week on and off so that we can learn in class and be prepared for what we are going to learn online and actually know how to do it instead of just having one video a week. That was really hard," she said.
Most students will start the year in full remote mode and in-person instruction will be phased in starting in October, officials said, depending on the state of the pandemic. For kindergarten and first grade, some in-person days will be held starting in September.
Students will be divided into two groups that alternate week by week for in-person instruction. Children from the same household will attend in the same group.
Among the measures in place will be physical distancing, face coverings, cleaning protocols, transportation changes, and visitor restrictions in compliance with state requirements.
4J grandparent Jerry Losik is glad students will be returning for some in-person instruction but still has health concerns.
"There's always a chance for error. And with these little guys, they just bounce off everything. To me, it's always going to be a questionable issue, but something's gotta happen," Losik said.
The 4J district is continuing to create a more detailed plan.
Bethel School District has also released its plans for fall classes.