Schools and Children
(Updated April 12, 2021)
Local School District Information
School District Updates
Also see the CDC's Toolkit for K-12 Schools, which provides guidance for school administrators and resources for parents.
Back to School
Parents Giving it Their All and Adapting to Change (From Oregon Health Authority)
There’s no doubt about it, parents and caregivers in Oregon have had a long year with most children attending school online. Amidst a time when change is the only certainty, you are doing your best to provide stability for your children. As local schools begin hybrid education, it’s helpful to remember that change can be difficult and may provoke anxiety. Small things can go a long way towards taking care of yourself and making best decisions for children and family.
- Take 60 seconds to focus on breathing.
- Give yourself three minutes dancing to a favorite song.
- Find five minutes to reflect.
- Seven minutes to say a poem, prayer, mantra.
- Ten minutes to walk around the block.
Each of these can reduce stress and help you collect your thoughts.
Giving yourself the time and space to ask yourself what you need is a first step. Here are some questions to think about:
- Are there ways that I can slow down?
- What am I really feeling? What worries me, what gives me hope?
- What do I need? What do I need to prioritize and what do I need to defer?
- Who are the people and organizations that support me?
- Am I living into my values and priorities?
- What can I do to lower my and my children’s risk for COVID-19?
- Am I ready for this change? It’s okay to take some time to decide this.
Thinking of concrete methods of how to get support and lower risk can help to manage anxiety. Slowing down can give you a break from stress and build resilience. It also is helpful to remember that you or your children might not be ready to change your school routine. It’s okay to wait until you are.
You are not alone. The Safe + Strong Helpline at 1-800-923-HELP (4357) can help you find the resources you need. Help is free and available 24/7.
Oregon Department of Education
See Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance for School Year 2020-2021 for links to blueprints for school districts; resources for school leaders, families and students; and more.
Distance Learning Resources
- Distance Learning for All
See family and educator resources from the Oregon Department of Education.
Eugene Public Library Expands Free Digital Access
- Eugene Library Cards
Because many online services require a library card, during this time the Eugene Public Library will register new cardholders by phone. People who live in the Eugene area but outside City of Eugene limits will be issued temporary cards at no charge. Expired and blocked library cards may also be used at this time. To register for a new card or renew an expired card, call Eugene Public Library at 541-682-5450 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
- Online Resources for K-12 Students
Eugene Public Library provides many online resources for K-12 students, including free access to Britannica Library and a live tutoring service.
- Online Resources for All Ages
The Library also offers hundreds of thousands of online items for all ages including eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and shows, music, and magazines. Additionally, a Eugene Public Library card gives free access to subscription sites such as LinkedIn Learning for technology and career skills, Ancestry.com for genealogy research, Mango Languages for language learning, Consumer Reports, and many more.
- Federal Student Loan Relief
To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, you can temporarily stop making monthly loan payments on federal student loans.
Children with Disabilities
- Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities
See information about preparing for and responding to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a parent or family of a child who experiences disability.
- Health and Safety Guidelines for Childcare and Early Education Operating During COVID-19
See Oregon Department of Education Early Learning Division's updated guidelines that take effect September 1, 2020.
Visit 211info.org or dial 211 for free, customized referrals to childcare providers and strategies for finding quality childcare in Oregon.
- Lane County COVID-19 Resources for Families
See a list of resources compiled by LaneKids, a local network of parenting education providers and stakeholders brought together by United Way of Lane County to strengthen and coordinate our community’s parenting education system.