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EUREKA, CA – January 15, 2021 – As many have noticed, the Jacobs Junior High campus is busy with activity, as demolition crews and District staff work on various projects. Eureka City Schools has received calls from various community members inquiring about the status of the Jacobs Junior High campus, located at 674 Allard Avenue in Eureka. This update is being provided to the Community in response to the interest expressed.

The Jacobs campus was built in 1956 around the peak of the timber industry, and it served as a junior high school up until 1982. After its closure as a junior high, the facility continued to be used for various functions such as adult education and a continuation high school until the facility was closed following the 2008-09 school year. In anticipation of its closure, Eureka City Schools went through the legal steps of declaring the Jacobs property as surplus in 2008. Other than storage and the soccer fields, the property has been largely unused and the buildings unmaintained since that time.

Over the last couple of years, the District has taken the legal and procedural steps in order to move forward in abating and demolishing the site, which contained hazardous materials including lead in the paint and asbestos in the ceilings, roofing, and other various insulation products. The buildings were to a point where demolition was the only real option moving forward. Eureka City Schools is pleased to announce the abatement and demolition is scheduled to be complete by mid-February 2021. After completion, the Jacobs campus will be a vacant lot.

Eureka City Schools has had conversations with four public agencies in the past 10 years relating to the possible sale of the property. Two of these agencies, the City of Eureka and the California Highway Patrol, remain interested in the property and conversations are continuing.

Please note the soccer fields adjacent to the Jacobs campus will not be included in a future sale and will remain the property of Eureka City Schools and utilized by students at Alice Birney Elementary School.


Micalyn Harris, Executive Assistant
Superintendent’s Office
Tel: 707-441-2414

Jennifer Snipes, Confidential Administrative Assistant
Business Services
Tel: 707-441-2412

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January 8, 2021

Greetings Eureka City Schools Families,

Last night, the Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees met to discuss the return to in-person instruction. It has been determined that in-person instruction will be available for all grade levels following the availability of the second dose of the COVID vaccination to our staff. We have been working closely with Dr. Hoffman from Humboldt County Public Health and we are optimistic this plan will allow in-person instruction following the February break, on Monday, February 22nd. This is subject to change, pending the availability of the vaccine in Humboldt County.

In the meantime, we will be resuming in-person instruction for intervention classes and the Winzler Children’s Center on Tuesday, January 19th, and self-contained classrooms for students with disabilities on Thursday, January 14th. Some classes at sites, which use equipment not available at home, and some interventions, will start as early as Monday, January 11th. Finally, athletic conditioning and club activities can resume on Monday, January 11th, pending the approval of their COVID safety plans. Your student’s school will be in contact with the site-specific details.

Please remember, in observance of Martin Luther King, there will be no school on Monday, January 18th.

Meal delivery into neighborhoods by our busses will continue through Wednesday, January 13th, at which time a new meal distribution plan will be communicated out.

As students return to in-person instruction, please be advised that all students must wear a face covering and follow travel advisory and contact quarantines as directed by Humboldt County Public Health.

Please pause and consider your plans for safe interaction with others. Please follow the advice of Humboldt County Public Health to help keep your family and our community safe.

Stay healthy and stay strong.

This message will be posted on our website and Facebook

Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.



Saludos familias de las escuelas de la ciudad de Eureka,

Anoche, el Consejo de Administración de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka se reunió para discutir el regreso a la instrucción en persona. Se ha determinado que la instrucción en persona estará disponible para todos los grados después de la disponibilidad de la segunda dosis de la vacuna de COVID para nuestro personal. Hemos estado trabajando de cerca con el Dr. Hoffman de Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt y estamos optimistas de que este plan permitirá la instrucción en persona después de las vacaciones de febrero, lunes 22 de febrero. Esto está sujeto a cambios, dependiendo de la disponibilidad de la vacuna en el condado de Humboldt.

Mientras tanto, empezaremos la instrucción en persona para las clases de intervención y el Centro Infantil de Winzler el martes 19 de enero y las clases independientes para estudiantes con discapacidades el jueves, 14 de enero. Algunas clases en las escuelas, que usan equipos que no están disponibles en el hogar, y algunas intervenciones, comenzarán el lunes, 11 de enero. Finalmente, el acondicionamiento atlético y las actividades del club pueden empezar el lunes 11 de enero, en espera de la aprobación de sus planes de seguridad de COVID. La escuela de su estudiante se pondrá en contacto con los detalles específicos de cada escuela.

Por favor recuerde, en observancia de Martin Luther King, no habrá clases el lunes, 18 de enero.

La entrega de las comidas por nuestros autobuses continuará hasta el miércoles, 13 de enero, momento en el que se comunicará un nuevo plan de distribución de comidas.

A medida que los estudiantes regresen a la instrucción en persona, tenga en cuenta que todos los estudiantes deben usar un cubrebocas y seguir las advertencias de viaje y las cuarentenas de contacto según lo indicado por la Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt.

Haga una pausa y considere sus planes para una interacción segura con los demás. Siga los consejos de Salud Pública del Condado de Humboldt para ayudar a mantener a su familia y nuestra comunidad a salvo.

Mantente saludable y fuerte.

Fred Van Vleck,Ed.D


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Register now for Fall 2021!

Eureka City Schools is now accepting applications for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten registration. During our open enrollment period (January 4th, 2021 – January 22nd, 2021), applications for intradistrict requests for the 2021 – 2022 school year are also available!

Kindergarten Registration – If your child will turn five years of age on or before September 1, 2021, visit a Eureka City Schools elementary school or the District Office to pick-up your registration packet.

Transitional Kindergarten Registration – In addition, if your child will turn five years of age on or between September 2, and December 2, 2021, visit a Eureka City Schools elementary school or the District Office to pick-up your registration packet.

Middle School Registration for Students New to Eureka City Schools – If your child will enter 6th, 7th, or 8th grade from a district other than Eureka City Schools, visit a Eureka City Schools middle school or the District Office to pick-up your registration packet.

Open Enrollment - All students currently enrolled in Eureka City Schools are eligible to apply for transfers to other schools in Eureka City Schools during the open enrollment period. This is the opportunity to request that your child attend a school other than the one he is currently attending. During this open enrollment period all applications for transfer will be considered equally. Open Enrollment forms are available at all school sites as well as the District Office located at 2100 J Street and online at

High School Enrollment - If your student is entering grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 this year, visit Eureka High School to pick-up and/or submit the registration packet for your student.
You may also download a registration packet by visiting our website or clicking here for a packet

For more information about the opportunities available for students call the Student Services Office at 441-3383.

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