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Malheur County schools kick off distance learning in earnest this week

This week, the Vale School District changed the setup asking parents to pick up their children's learning materials at the school the child attends. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – A huge change.

That was the label Jordan Valley social studies teacher Sheryl Douglas used to describe the “new normal” for students across Malheur County after Gov. Kate Brown announced last week Oregon schools will not reopen their doors this year.

The governor’s decision came after she issued orders to extend school closures to the end of March and then the end of April.

The final order by the governor means a monumental shift in teaching emphasis as roughly 5,200 students in the county will interact – and learn – online through such networking systems as Zoom, Google Classroom or via email. The changes will . . .