Camas Ridge News 4/5/21

Camas Ridge News 4/5/2021

Hybrid/Camas Online, Drop Off/Pick Up, New Building Update +

Mark Your Calendars

Hybrid and Same School Online Transition

  • April 5 – Grades K-5 All on hybrid/SSO learning model and schedule
  • April 7 – Same School Online Supply Distribution
  • April 13 – Timely Topic Parent Night with South Region Counselors
  • April 15 – Kindergarten Orientation for 2021-2022 Camas Kinders 5:30
  • April 21 – Same School Online Supply Distribution – 8-4
  • April 21 – Wonder Wednesday Earth Day Event – 4:00
  • April 30 – PTO sponsored MOVIE NIGHT: Lion King and My Octopus Teacher

Camas Hybrid and Camas Online – Schedules Align this Week.

Camas Hybrid and Camas Online

We are excited to welcome all our hybrid Camas students back to school buildings this week.

Students in the hybrid model will learn on-site two days a week in alternating groups.

April 5. ALL GRADES begin hybrid/sso learning schedule, 7:55 – 12:55 schedule for all.

PE and Music are on a new schedule as well. Please see times for your child’s class in seesaw.

Hybrid Students

  • Cohort A will be in site Monday and Tuesday
  • Cohort B will be on site Thursday and Friday
  • ALL HYBRID STUDENTS will be off site on Wednesdays but will meet live with teachers via zoom
  • Extensive health and safety measures are in place, including face masks worn at all times (aside from meals) by everyone at school, physical distancing, hand hygiene, extra cleaning and improved ventilation.

Same School Online Students

  • Our grades 2-5 online classes will mirror the hybrid model. Teachers will meet with all students daily for social/emotional and community building as well as an overview of the day and with all students on Wednesdays.
  • On Monday and Tuesday, they will have mostly live time with grades 2 and 4, while grades 3 and 5 engage in teacher-directed practice, enrichment and independent skill work.
  • On Thursday and Friday, teachers will focus live time on grades 3 and 5, while grades 2 and 4 engage in teacher directed practice, enrichment and independent skill work.

Coming and Going from School During Hybrid Instruction. Students and Families.

When students are arriving at Camas Ridge during hybrid instruction, they will queue up and enter the building from the front of the building outside the wing where their classroom is located. This is what we practiced at orientations.Kindergarten and first grades – enter from the front of the lower wing, at the courtyard by the mural.

Grades 2 and 3 – enter from the driveway that runs between the middle and upper wing. Painted dots or cones will mark the way and provide distancing.

Grades 4 and 5 enter at the front of the upper wing hallway, near the music room. Dots and cones indicate 6 ft social distancing locations

Dropping Off and Picking Your Child Up

This week, we will observe traffic flow of people, cars, bike and buses,and will make adjustments for safely and supervision.

  • If you are driving to Camas, please me mindful that our yellow curb out front is for buses
  • If you are dropping off or picking your child up from school, please access the parking lot or street parking and walk to the area outside their wing to collect them. We will have staff outside all wings and want kids who are being picked up to identify their adult, inform staff and then go to that adult.
  • Thank you for using the designated cross walk at the bottom , middle and top of the hill. Our kiddos are watching.
  • Dogs are not allowed on campus at arrival and dismissal per district policy. I am a huge fan of our furry friends and know that for many kids it is wonderful to see the family pet at the end of the school day. Please save that for at home. I will follow up with individuals as needed. I appreciate your understanding.

Tech Comes to School. Please Charge and Restart Nightly

Restart and Charge Up

We are asking all Camas kiddos to fully charge and restart their ipads each night. Needed software updates have gone out and this will help keep our technology running smoothly.Hybrid Students Bring Tech to School

Students attending hybrid instruction on site need to bring their fully charged ipad to school each day. Though we will be in live instruction with hands-on materials and ample time ‘off-screen’, these devices will be used both on site and at home. Please make charging nightly and bringing them to school a priority.

How to restart your ipad

  1. First, swipe up in all open tabs to close them out.
  2. Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears.
  3. Drag the slider, then wait for 30 seconds for your device to turn off.
  4. To turn your device back on, press and hold the top button until you see the Apple logo.

Weather and Hybrid Learning at Camas – Outside As Often as Possible.

With students back in the building and hybrid instruction underway for our students this week, we wanted to make sure families are aware that we will be taking every opportunity to be outside for recess. Please watch the weather and help your kiddo to dress appropriately for outside play.Classrooms will also make use of outside space during instruction when possible. This may include snack and meal times

Camas Ridge New Building Update

Overview & Timeline

A new building for Camas Ridge Elementary School will be designed and built to open in fall 2024.

What is happening now and what comes next?

The architects have been selected and have begun design work for the new Camas Ridge school building. The school design will be completed in early 2022.

Construction will begin in 2022 and be completed for the new school to open in fall 2024.

Do I need to sign up to get updates on the bond projects taking place in my neighborhood?

The district encourages anyone interested in the school bond projects to subscribe to receive occasional significant updates. You can sign up for the bond news email list by sending an email to

The near neighbors of major school bond projects will receive some notifications through other means, regardless of whether or not you subscribe to the bond newsletter. Different planning and construction activities require different types of notifications and the district will endeavor to keep all of our community informed.

School Design Process

What is the school design process?

Design of each of the three new school buildings funded by this bond measure is following a similar process established to provide consistency and equity between buildings, cost-saving efficiency in the design process, and opportunities for community updates and feedback.

School design will be guided by the district’s community-informed Long-Range Facilities Plan, User Experience Study, School Design Vision & Values, and Educational Specifications for School Design.

The design process for each of the new school buildings includes two community open houses to provide information and seek feedback during the schematic design and design development stages. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some of the originally planned open houses have been online design update presentations with online feedback surveys, rather than in-person community open houses.

In addition, a series of community meetings and input opportunities were held in spring and summer 2019 about how, where and when to build the new Edison and Camas Ridge elementary schools. This community input informed decisions to rebuild Camas Ridge and Edison at their current sites, remove and replace the Edison building without preserving portions of the original building in place, and replace the more seismically unsound Edison building first, followed by Camas Ridge.

An extra online presentation also was added in March 2021 for the Camas Ridge community to review and provide input on preliminary site plan concepts. Questions and comments were gathered in webinar comments and a post-presentation feedback form.

What design updates have been presented so far?

Design is just getting underway, but an extra early-stage online presentation was provided in March 2021 for the Camas Ridge community to review and provide input on the preliminary site plan concept.

The recorded presentation and the community comments and questions collected during and after the presentation are available here:

Preliminary Site Plan Presentation (Slides and Video)
Community Feedback on Preliminary Site Plan (coming soon)

When is the next update and opportunity for community input?

The next community update and input opportunity will incorporate progress through schematic design and is anticipated to be scheduled in late May 2021. This may be online due to the coronavirus pandemic but will include an interactive format.

School Design Elements

How big will the new school building be?

The new building will be designed to serve about 450 students, to align to modern educational standards and ease overcrowding in neighborhood elementary schools. The new two-story building will have a smaller footprint on the property, to provide enough space for students while leaving more room for outdoor playfields, parking, and open green space.

Where and how much parking will be provided?

The number of parking spaces at a school site is based on City of Eugene Planning Code requirements and allowances and the operational needs of the school.

Current site planning includes adjustments to the parking lot location and layout, responsive to community feedback on the preliminary site plan presentation.

Will it be safe for all modes of transportation?

Students get to school at Camas Ridge by many modes of transportation, including walking, biking, school bus, car and carpool. Now that basic site components are determined (such as the general location and shape of the school building, play areas and parking), further development of the site plan is in development, including ways to provide safe transition from adjacent streets to the school building and other site amenities. The design team will incorporate considerations for safe routes to school, public safety, neighborhood access, and lessons learned from past projects.

Will sustainability strategies be a part of the school design?

The new schools will be much more energy-efficient and sustainable than the buildings they replace.

When building new schools 4J places a priority on sustainable design and construction, within cost constraints, and with a design goal to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. Sustainability measures that may be considered include measures such as energy-efficient systems, passive warming, cooling and daylighting, solar panels, rainwater reclamation, and other green and renewable energy technology and alternatives.

Will the new school be designed to support modern learning technology?

The new school will be built to support current and future educational needs, to the extent we can predict.

Most 4J school buildings were constructed in the mid-1900s, when learning technology consisted mostly of books, slide rules and an occasional film strip. Our older school buildings were designed for that earlier era. They weren’t built to support modern teaching and learning activities, or to easily integrate modern technology that is integral to education today. Today, teachers and students use a variety of technology in teaching and learning, including individual student and teacher tablets or laptops, interactive whiteboards, document cameras, digital projectors, digital microscopes, and more. Tomorrow’s technology will continue to evolve.

Supports for modern teaching and learning technology are retrofitted into older 4J schools, with expanded electrical power outlets, fiber-optic internet feeds, and building-wide wi-fi access. In new school buildings these technology considerations are built into the design from the start—without technology blackout zones or the need for bundles of exposed cables running through the halls. The general scientific consensus, based on currently available knowledge, is that there is no evidence of an increased risk of harmful health effects in children or adults due to radio-frequency exposure from increased electrical power capacity or wi-fi in schools.

Will there be space for a garden?

There will be space set aside for a garden. The detailed site plan and school design are in development. More detail about the garden space will be provided in future community design updates.

Will there be a covered outdoor learning space?

The current preliminary design concept includes a covered outdoor space for learning and activities. The detailed site plan and school design are in development. There will be additional information on covered outdoor space in future community information sessions.

Will there be a school track?

No track is planned for the Camas Ridge school site. School tracks are installed at high schools and some middle schools. The district’s educational specifications and program include field space but not tracks at elementary schools. (This is consistent with other 4J elementary schools built since the turn of the century—Chávez, Holt, Howard and River Road.)

Will the camas bulbs on the east side of the property be protected or relocated?

Responsive to community input about the camas bulbs, the project team is refining the site plan and adjusting the parking lot location to protect the area where a large number of camas bulbs are located.

What will happen to items of significance on or around the school building?

The design team is evaluating those elements to determine if they can be relocated to the new school. At other schools, some items have been relocated to the new school and others have been photographed and the images incorporated into the new school.

School Construction

When will the new school be built?

Construction will begin in late 2022 and the new school will be completed to open in fall 2024.

Where will students go during construction?

The new elementary school is expected to be built in the same area of the school property where the old building is now, so Camas Ridge will relocate from its current building to a temporary site while the new school building is constructed.

During construction, Camas Ridge will move to the Willard swing school at 29th and Lincoln for two school years, 2022–23 and 2023–24.

Will there be neighborhood impacts such as traffic, noise, dust or hazardous materials?

When demolition and construction gets underway, there will be some traffic and noise in the neighborhood, with varied intensity depending on the construction activity taking place.

The district will work with the contractor to minimize inconveniences to the neighborhood and to be a good neighbor during construction. The contractor will be required to comply with all applicable traffic, noise and other applicable codes and regulations.

Demolition dust will be contained with water and debris will be removed in an orderly manner.

The district has worked over the years to reduce hazardous materials in our schools. For this project we will hire a professional environmental engineering firm to explore, analyze and determine the presence of any hazardous materials including asbestos. We also will contract with a licensed and bonded abatement contractor who will work under the rules and regulations mandated by the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency, LRAPA.

Will materials be reused or recycled when the building is demolished?

When demolishing a school building, the district takes steps to reuse or recycle items or dispose of materials in a sustainable manner, to the extent feasible without increasing costs or adding delays in the tight timeline of the construction schedule and consistent with board policy on disposition of property.

First, the things that will be needed in the new building—teachers’ classroom materials, library books, etc.—will be packed and moved to the temporary school site at Willard.

After moving out everything the school will need for continued operations, various items, from doorknobs to kitchen equipment, that are in good condition, suitable, and expected to be needed for reuse in 4J schools will be salvaged for other school locations or stored for future use. Items of value that the district will no longer use may be sold.

Any remaining furniture and equipment will be offered to other school districts, charter schools and private schools. Next, local nonprofit organizations such as BRING Recycling will be invited to collect items they wish for reuse or recycling. For example, when the old Howard school building was being replaced, surplus kitchen equipment was donated to the Eugene Mission homeless shelter, which had lost all of its kitchen equipment in a fire.

Finally, as the demolition progresses, building materials will be sorted and recycled where applicable, keeping more materials out of the landfill.

Camas Ridge PTO Mask Drive CONTINUES. Like to sew? Know someone who does? You can help us make masks!

We are looking for donations of reusable cloth masks in both children’s & adult sizes. Masks must meet CDC guidelines & be at least two layers of tightly woven cotton.

To ensure that all of our masks meet 4J requirements we strongly encourage you to use the pattern provided. This pattern requires tightly woven cotton fabric (quilting cotton works great!), a sewing machine, scissors, thread, pins & soft elastic. If you need a copy of the pattern & instructions printed out for you email & we will get it to you!

If you want to help, please signup below & we will contact you with instructions. When you sign up you will be assigned a size and asked to commit to the number of masks you can make so we can divide the work up accordingly.

If you would like to support the mask drive but are unable to sew, there are other ways to help!

See below for options, such as purchasing pre-made masks or supplies

Click HERE for a mask pattern

Click HERE for a 3-D mask tutorial

Click HERE for a youtube video on mask making

Can’t sew but still want to support our Mask Drive? We are also accepting donations of new unused face masks! Adjustable, two layered masks are preferred. Email us at to coordinate drop offs for donations.

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In keeping with local state and federal regulations and recommendations, the district has implemented extensive protocols to protect the health and safety of returning students and staff, including daily screening, physical distancing, cohorting, and increased cleaning procedures.

Students and staff wearing face coverings properly at all times is essential for health and safety. Many students are already used to wearing a face covering, while for others this will be a new experience.

There will be no “mask breaks” for groups or routinely for individual students. On a very limited basis, supervised brief adjustment periods may be accommodated for an individual student away from their peers, if needed. If a disability or medical condition makes it difficult for your student to meet the requirements for face coverings, please discuss options with your student’s team.

Meal periods are the exception. Guided by school staff, students may briefly remove their face coverings during short meal periods, while they stay seated and physically distant from others.

Families are encouraged to pack an extra face covering or two in their student’s backpack in case the one they’re wearing becomes wet or dirty. If you need a face covering provided for your student, ask your school.

Thank you for helping your student be prepared, safe and comfortable in their return to in-person learning.

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