Malheur County schools have 60 days to devise complex plans to get students back in the classroom

Malheur County students can return to school this fall, but local districts have just 60 days to devise complex plans on how that would be done.

The Oregon Department of Education opened the way for going back to school, releasing on Wednesday a 46-page outline that covers everything from how many students can be in a classroom to mask requirements for school bus drivers.

The state is giving local schools three options for the fall – opening school buildings, sticking with distance learning or a combination of the two.

But the 4,600 or so students in Malheur County returning to their schools would face a far different environment than when they left in March.

Schools will be required to monitor every student entering every school each day, watching for symptoms of the coronavirus. Any student showing such symptoms . . .