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My student just tested positive for COVID. Now what will their school do?

The new academic year has begun, and while schools still are dealing with the same issue of teaching through COVID-19 as they did the past two years, they are operating under different expectations and guidance from the state. Controlling the spread of the virus through contact tracing is still an...
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How the pandemic turbocharged one Duck's life of service

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and shift to mostly remote instruction gave many students pause about starting, or returning, to college. Not Shawna Heurgue. The Springfield mother of three had been struggling to transition into a new career after leaving her longtime job as an emergency room nurse. But the thought of returning to a college campus, surrounded by people 20 years younger than her, always felt daunting, Heurgue said.
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High school football: Thurston opens its Class 5A title defense with rivalry game against Springfield

It's been a long wait, but the Thurston football team is ready for some Friday night lights. The Colts missed the first two weeks of the prep football season due to positive COVID tests within the program, but the two-time defending Class 5A state champions will officially kick off the season with a rivalry game against Springfield on Friday.

COVID-19 cases popping up in schools as kids head back to class

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- With the new school year underway for many districts, parents are expressing concerns as COVID-19 cases have already started to pop up in schools. Eugene School District 4J officials told KEZI as of Sep. 14, they've had 11 positive COVID-19 cases in the district. Kerry Delf with 4J said when the district is notified of a positive case, they immediately start contact tracing. She said this might lead to everyone in the individual's cohort staying home for a day or two until the tracing is done.

New policy in place for reporting discrimination and harassment

The start of fall term brings a lot of change this year, including a new policy for reporting discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The new Prohibited Discrimination and Retaliation Policy combines many of the components of the university’s former discrimination complaint and response policy and the student sexual and gender-based harassment and violence complaint response policy. The new policy consolidates employee reporting obligations, captures recent changes to Title IX and more expressly prohibits retaliation against those who file a formal complaint.

President, provost mark the start of a new, but unusual, term

UO President Michael Schill and Provost Patrick Phillips sent the following message to the campus community Sept. 15:. Welcome to a new academic year. We are eager to see this university bustling with academic life once again. This is certainly not a typical fall, so we’re here to tell you how we’ve planned for the year ahead.

Masks back on table as parents address board

Just over two dozen unmasked individuals entered Sweet Home School Board meeting in the high school auditorium Monday, Sept. 13, despite being told at the door that they could not without masks, based on Gov. Kate Brown's mask mandate for K-12 school facilities. Still, not heeding the words of administrators...

#Forward Together: What to know about face coverings

Even with the dramatic rise in cases caused by the Delta variant, masks and face coverings are important in limiting the spread of the coronavirus and reducing the chances of infecting others. The UO’s mask requirement is one of the reasons why the university has been able to return to in-person instruction for fall term.
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Crossing borders to Florence

Sept. 15, 2021 — For more than 35 years, the International Student Exchange (ISE) program has prioritized growth and development amongst high school students from around the globe. In the current 2021-22 academic year, a total of 92 out of 2,400 students from overseas have been placed in Oregon to live with host families and attend public and private institutions. Of the 92 students, one high school student from Valladolid, Spain, recently arrived in Florence and has found herself a new home with a host family in the Florence community.

Game on! Marshfield Pirates will play Vancouver, Wash., team Friday at Sheldon in Eugene

COOS BAY, Ore. - The Marshfield Pirates, who count former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich among its alumni, will play football this Friday afterall. The team's annual showdown with Bay Area rival North Bend High School was called off after a player on the North Bend team tested positive for COVID-19, prompting quarantines and contact tracing that knocked the team out of action.

UO announces new COVID-19 paid leave option for employees

The University of Oregon is implementing a new paid leave option for employees who may face unexpected absences due to COVID-19. Beginning Sept. 16, all employees may use UO COVID-19 leave for paid time off when they or a dependent living in their home is required to quarantine or isolate due to testing positive for or being exposed to COVID-19.

A few UO classes switched to online, students say

EUGENE, Ore. -- While University of Oregon students will be back in the classroom soon for the fall term, some students are noticing a change in their schedules. Sophomore Lea Hurrle said when she went to check her schedule, she noticed one of her classes that was supposed to be in-person is now online. She told KEZI after having all her classes online last year, she was hoping for all in-person classes this time around.

Phishing texts and emails target UO community in fall surge

As the University of Oregon prepares for primarily in-person instruction this fall, UO community members are encouraged to stay alert to phishing scams that target universities in ever-evolving ways. A phishing scam attempts to trick the recipient into sharing sensitive information or establishing a relationship with a cybercriminal, who then...