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Winter Weather is Here!

Remember, NO NEWS = NO CHANGE . If there is a change in the school schedule or bus routes due to inclement weather, the district will announce the change through several channels. If school is in session and on regular schedule, the district will NOT make an announcement through those channels. (There may or may not be a mention on district social media channels, facebook.com/4Jschools and/or twitter.com/4Jschools.)

Weather-related changes will be announced via:

  • Email to all staff (usually before 6:00 a.m.) if schools are closed or delayed
  • Post on district website, www.4j.lane.edu
  • Twitter / text message alerts ( subscribe in advance)
  • KRVM 91.9 FM
  • Other local TV and radio stations. (News sent via these channels usually before 6:30 a.m.)

Who reports to work? Only designated emergency staff (and principals if necessary) will report to work when schools are closed. All other employees will not report to work and will observe budget reduction/furlough days. (This is a change for this year only. In most school years, all administrators and many classified staff still report to work when schools are closed due to hazardous weather.)

Staff and parent choice: The terrain of the community and the distance away from school that both students and staff live make it impossible for the district to make a decision that is acceptable or appropriate to everyone. If schools are open, each staff member may determine whether he or she can get to work safely. Staff members have various leave provisions they can use when they believe they are unable to get to work safely, consistent with their collective bargaining agreements. Also, parents may make independent decisions about whether to send their children to school. Students whose parents believe they should not attend school in such situations should receive excused absences.

Furlough/makeup days: Because it is important for students to be in school as many days as possible, up to three (3) hazardous weather days will be counted as budget reduction/furlough days, thus reducing or eliminating the furlough days at the end of the year (school days June 12, 13 and 14). Therefore, school will be in session for one or more of those days. If there are more than three hazardous weather days, the additional missed school days will be made up by adding days at the end of the school year. April 12 may also be used as a hazardous weather makeup day.

Stay warm and safe out there!

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