Malheur County school officials working on plans for schools reopening in the fall

Schools will have to provide for social distancing in the fall in classrooms such as this one at Ontario Middle School. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

VALE – School administrators across Malheur County are digging into extensive rules issued by the state last week that will govern how schools will operate in the fall.

The state gave districts just two months to devise their plans.

One major issue for each school system is where students will go. The state is allowing choices of in-person classes at school buildings, continued distance learning from home, or some combination. Depending on the choice, school officials have to decide how long school days will be, how many students can be handled safely in a classroom, and how to move students who rely on buses that no longer can be filled.

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