EUGENE, Ore. -- The deadline for elementary school students in Eugene School District 4J to decide whether they will finish the school year with solely distance learning or with a hybrid model is Sunday.
According to the district, students will not be able to switch between the hybrid learning model and remote learning model after the deadline.
The district said some elementary school students may have a different teacher for the remainder of the school year. Class rosters will be finalized shortly after the deadline to make changes.
“We're definitely going to go back to classrooms,” said Ben Temple, the father of three 4J students. ”The kids are doing OK here, but it's not great. We'll take classrooms the minute that they are offered.”
At the beginning of the school year, the district says roughly 70% of elementary school students opted for hybrid learning. However that percentage has dropped slightly to about 60% recently. This percentage may change up until the deadline is reached.
The school district originally planned for hybrid students to switch from in-person to online learning on a weekly basis, but due to new information learned over the past few months, the district made some changes to its original plan.
When hybrid students return to the classroom, they will be divided into two groups. Group A will attend in-person classes on Mondays and Tuesdays while Group B will learn in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. All students will learn remotely on Wednesdays.
Students at both the middle school and high school will have the same opportunity to decide between hybrid and remote learning before the start of the third trimester, which is closer to when they are expected to return.
Some students are eager to begin learning in-person again. Seventh-grader Caleb Temple said he’s not enjoying remote learning as much as learning in person.
“It's a little bit boring at times,” Temple said. "I personally don't like it as much because I don't get to see friends, don't get to actually go to school."
Temple said he is looking forward to learning in person with his friends again.