Adams Update 1/14/18 – PTA, Safety School, Choice and More

Mark Your Calendars:

1/17 – School Choice Tour for prospective Adams families 1:00 – 2:00

1/17 – PTA Meeting in the Adams library – 6:00 – 7:30.  Childcare provided

Principal’s update, financial report, teacher appreciation, carnival planning, more.

1/21 – NO SCHOOL – Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/23 – School Choice Evening for prospective Adams families 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

1/30 – School Choice Tour for prospective Adams families 10:15 – 11:15

2/1   – NO SCHOOL – Teacher Grading and Reporting Day

School Safety

As many of you know, last week there was a tragic incident at Cascade Middle School in our neighboring Bethel School District in which a parent was shot at the school in an altercation with Eugene Police.  Please know that our staff and Eugene School District 4J do everything possible to keep our kids safe, both at school and while coming and going from the building before and after school.

As valued community members, we want to remind you that you are part of that safety net protecting our kids.  If you see or hear something happening on school grounds that concerns you, please do not hesitate to call the office at 541-790-5000 to report it. 

Safety Drills

In Eugene School District 4J we are committed to giving our students, staff and schools the best practices to keep everyone as safe as possible in an emergency. Although school fires are very rare, we practice with students how to evacuate safely in case of a fire. Similarly, although school violence is also quite rare, we practice emergency safety procedures such as lockout and lockdown drills.
The district has updated protocols for improving school safety, as recommended by our local law enforcement, the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, and more. The district’s updated safety protocols, known as ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate), expand on our traditional safety practices and empower staff and students with more options to use during a life-threatening emergency, the kind we all hope never happens. ALiCE empowers everyone to use their best judgment on each unique situation.

The safety of our students is of the utmost importance. We are continuing to practice new safety procedures that students learned about in school last spring.  As our campus fencing project was competed just before winter break, we will be revisiting our evacuation routes and practicing accordingly.

The student safety training will be age-appropriate, different at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and sensitive to students’ special needs. At elementary schools, students will have age-appropriate class discussions, practice evacuating, and talk about barricading. At our middle and high schools, class
discussions will include more specifics about potential dangers and options, and students will practice evacuating, sheltering or barricading in response to a threat. Although staff have trained with active-shooter drills, students will not participate in such simulations.

School Fencing and Access

Our new fencing is finally complete.  In the mornings there are gates open in the following locations:

  • west side of campus at Van Buren
  • adjacent to the parking lot near the music room
  • at the front of the building
  • on the  southeast side of the building at Adams. 

These gates will be closed once school is in session and remain closed during the school day.  They will be open after school hours and on weekends to allow public access to the fields and playground.

School Choice and Kindergarten Enrollment for Fall

Please see below for information about the school choice process specific to Adams.  If you will have a kindergartner coming to Adams in the fall, please let us know.

  • If you have a student already at Adams through school choice, there is nothing you need to do. 
  • If you have second child who will be starting kindergarten in the fall, and you live outside the Adams attendance area, you need to apply for school choice of you’d like that child to be with us here at Adams. 
  • Parents of 5th graders who may want to attend a middle school other than their neighborhood school need to apply for school choice as well.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU ARE IN THE ADAMS ATTENDANCE AREA AND WILL HAVE A KINDERGARTEN STUDENT IN THE FALL, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU AND BEGIN THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS NOW.

School Choice In 4J

In Eugene School District 4J, every school offers an excellent education for our students. Students may enroll in their neighborhood school at any time, or request enrollment in a different 4J school, provided there is a place available. Out-of-district residents also are welcome to apply for a transfer to 4J in March.

School choice requests are accepted in an order determined by lottery. To be included in the lottery, 4J residents must apply by Thursday, January 31.

Non-district residents must apply between March 1–31.

All students who want to obtain a transfer must apply, including new incoming siblings, students who have moved out of the neighborhood or district but want to stay enrolled at their current school, and incoming high school students seeking to enroll in an International High School program.

If you have any friends or family members who are considering school choice, please invite them to come learn more about 4J’s many wonderful schools and their school choice options!

School Visits
When: January 
Where: All 4J schools

What: Events and tours provided for parents to visit schools
Schedule: School tours and info nights

School Choice Information Meetings
When:  Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.: School choice parent info night for all families

Where: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St.
What: Get answers about the school choice process. Spanish interpretation provided.

Learn more:
www.4j.lane.edu/choice

Apply online January 1–31: 
4Jschoolchoice.com

 

Radon Testing in Schools – Adams Results Not Yet In

To continue providing safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, Eugene School District 4J is testing all schools for radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. Radon can work its way into buildings, including homes and schools, through cracks in the ground and openings in foundations or under structures. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon. The only way to know if a building has elevated radon is to use specialized testing equipment.

The district is testing for radon in advance of state requirements; a new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021. The goal of the Oregon Healthy & Safe Schools Plan is to ensure radon levels are under 4.0 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), a limit set by the EPA.

The Eugene School District 4J Radon Plan is available here: 4J Radon Plan

The district has engaged an independent professional environmental service to conduct the radon testing. Testing began in November 2018 and will be completed at all district schools in the coming months.

The test is non-invasive and poses no danger to staff or students. It consists of placing an air-sample collection packet for several days in rooms that are in contact with the ground.

Radon test results will be posted on this website as they become available.

Radon Testing Schedule and Results 

Oregon Health Authority: Radon Gas and Public Health
Frequently Asked Questions About Radon and Schools

 

 

 

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