State plans to announce soon details on how Malheur County schools can open in the fall

Parents, teachers and school superintendents will find out in early June how schools are expected to function this fall after months of being closed.

Colt Gill, director of the Oregon Department of Education, said in an interview that the state expects school buildings to reopen in September.

He said his agency, working with the Oregon Health Authority, will announce soon what the conditions will be for school in the fall.

“We’re working really hard to ensure that school next year is going to be a safe place to be,” Gill said.

Public schools closed on March 13 and are finishing the 2019-2020 school year with students never returning to their classrooms. Teachers instead worked with students remotely, relying on videos, emails and phone calls.

The unprecedented finish to the school year came as Gov. Kate . . .