4j Schools closed through April 28th, continue to socially isolate!

All the Connections staff hope that you remain safe and healthy during the next few weeks.  After Spring break Anders and I will be contacting all students to check in and see what learning opportunities we can provide to keep moving forward with our goals.  We will miss seeing your faces on a regular basis and we encourage you to get outside, enjoy your families and keep in touch!

The Governor’s new order means that schools will be closed for students for six weeks, until April 28, unless the closure is extended or lifted by the Governor.

We know that this is a trying time and that the closure of our schools is a tremendous challenge for families. Free meals will continue to be provided during spring break and beyond.

School Meals Available During Spring Break
Free grab-and-go meals will continue to be provided during the extended closure, including next week, during the scheduled spring break. Breakfast and lunch are available to-go for all students at several sites across the district. Families are invited to choose the location that is most convenient for you, regardless of where you live or attend school.

When: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
• Arts & Technology Academy, 1650 West 22nd Ave.
• Awbrey Park Elementary School, 158 Spring Creek Dr.
• ECCO, 200 N. Monroe St.
• Holt Elementary School, 770 Calvin St.
• Howard Elementary School, 700 Howard Ave.
• South Eugene High School, 400 East 19th Ave. (in back, by cafeteria)

Mental Health & Social Services
HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools), a community partner that provides mobile crisis response support to 4J and other high schools, will offer mental health support by phone for high school students, families and staff while schools are closed. Staff are able to provide short-term counseling, resource referrals and Oregon Health Plan signup. Available weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 541-246-2342.

For 4J students experiencing mental health concerns and needing support, mental health services are available at 4J school-based health centers, 541-790-5227 (closed during spring break) or Lane County Behavioral Health, 541-682-7253.

For students in immediate crisis, resources available 24/7 include:

Looking Glass Youth and Family Crisis Line: 541-689-3111
White Bird Clinic Crisis Line: 541-687-4000
Mental Health Crisis Response Program: 888-989-9990
(for parents of children up to 18)
15th Night is also offering support and resources for unhoused youth and those working with them via phone and text at 541-246-4046. Many other social services in the area are also providing phone or virtual services.

Student Healthcare
School-based health centers at Churchill and North Eugene high schools are open through Friday to provide healthcare to 4J students. (They will be closed for spring break.) The clinics can bill private insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will also provide treatment for those unable to afford medical care. Please call the clinics to schedule appointments. Churchill: 541-790-5227 • North Eugene: 541-790-4445

Self Care and Prevention
Public health recommendations include washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, keeping away from people who are sick, and avoiding gatherings. People with higher risk of serious complications—people over 60 and those with pre-existing cardio, respiratory and immune conditions—are especially urged to stay home and take other precautions.

People experiencing fever, flu or cold symptoms should stay at home until 3 days after they are symptom-free without the use of medication. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider.

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Connections and all Oregon Schools are Closed Due To Covid-19 Concerns

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced late Thursday night the closure of all Oregon K-12 schools starting Monday and lasting through the end of March.

If you attend LCC please check their web site to see the status of their classes.

I hope you all have a safe few weeks and be sure to stay connected remotely with others. I will update the website as new information is provided.

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Spring Schedule is Available! Oh, and wash your hands frequently :)

The Spring Connections schedule is available and can be seen by clicking the link above. Please contact your case manager to arrange for a time to complete your schedule before Spring Break.

This week Connections is closed on Thursday and Friday due to progress reports and staff development.

Remember to practice good personal hygiene by wash your hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, keeping your hands away from your mouth/nose/eyes, and staying home when sick.

Staff will be sanitizing all hard surfaces twice a day to prevent the spread of disease.

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Try Hockey Free – Saturday

Try Hockey For Free Day!

The Rink Exchange

This event will be happening during our statewide Girls Expo and is designed to provide kids, between the ages of 4 to 9, a completely free experience to try youth hockey. A limited amount of equipment is available to borrow. Our top coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics. Your son or daughter does not need any previous skating or hockey experience.

Saturday 03/07/2020 
Start Time: 2:00 PM 
End Time: 3:00 PM 
Phone: (541) 937-5260 
Email: joy.pendowski@laha.org
796 W 13th Ave 
Eugene, OR 97402 
For questions, please contact us via phone or email.




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Transition Night at Sheldon!

Next week 2/12,13 there will be no Connections on Thursday and Friday due to progress reports and professional development.  If you take LCC credit or ABSE classes, these will still be in session.  Plan ahead to do something productive on those days!

Consider attending the transition fair event next Wednesday in the Sheldon HS cafeteria.  It can help you plan for now and the day you no longer receive school services! What will you do and with whom? What supports will be available and when should you contact agencies? Come LEARN about and EXPLORE the possibilities!!

This event will feature providers who specialize in the following supports:
Vocational: Competitive Integrated Employment, Job Development, Job Coaching, Job Exploration
Educational: College, Trade Schools, Continuing Education
Independent Living: Personal Finance, Executive Functioning and Social Skills Supports, Community Engagement



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We had a Visit from Laurel Hill Center!

Laurie and April from Laurel Hill came and spoke to the students on Friday.  They are based in Eugene and they provide mental health services for those in the community experiencing chronic debilitating mental illness Support for people experiencing diagnosed with mental health concerns

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they accept walk in intakes beginning at 9am. They can assess if you have a mental health concern if you aren’t already diagnosed. A person needs to have OHP insurance to pay for their services. 

These are the services they can provide:                                                                               

  • How to navigate and skill build around mental health                                                   
  • Acute Community Treatment (ACT) team for those who need help every day to manage mental health                                                                                           
  • Prescriber services and therapists; Nurses
  • Community support team with housing specialists; daily living activities
  • Classes on different topics; a drop in social program
  • Supported academics
  • Help explore interests and hobbies and how to turn it into a job

Their address is:  2145 Centennial Plaza, Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 485-6340

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Only four more weeks left for Winter Term!

Hope everyone has been enjoying our sunny days and cold nights! Signs of Spring are in the air and remember to keep moving forward with your goals.

Several students attended a special field trip to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) this past Thursday. If you are interested in working and would like some help getting a job just let your case manager know and we can help connect you!

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OVRS (Voc Rehab) Bus trip Thursday 20th


Thursday 20th we’ll go visit Chelsea Miller at the Voc Rehab office. 

On this trip you’ll see where the agency, and her office, is located. This is a great resource if you are interested in getting a job!

We are scheduled to meet her at 2:00, but please join Anders and the class at

LCC downtown at 1:00 to go over questions and prep for the visit. Be sure to bring your bus-pass. 

Email Anders ( Pettersson_a@4j.lane.edu ) if you have any questions. 

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