School District 4J to resume online academy, daily attendance, letter grades

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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.

4J students can apply to the Eugene Online Academy – or EOA – for the upcoming school year. This is an option for families concerned about schedule stability, as well as sending children to school buildings once they begin to reopen. Students who choose this option will remain enrolled in their current school and may continue to participate in extracurricular activities.

But if school buildings reopen, students cannot transfer in or out of EOA until the start of the next term. The EOA application can be found on the 4J website and the application deadline is August 10.

Virtual EOA briefings will be held on Friday and Monday.

District 4J will also reinstate some old policies in the upcoming school year.

To ensure students stay on track for graduation, 4J teachers will take daily attendance of all students, in all of their classes. This is different from online learning in the spring, when attendance was only taken once a week.

According to Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Charis McGaughy, students will also start receiving letter grades again.

“Students will receive grades. In the spring, they only got passes or incomplete,” McGaughy said. “But they will start receiving grades again in the classes”

4J students will begin online learning on September 14.

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