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Local school district officials react to new Covid benchmarks

ONTARIO – For 68 days, the Vale School District strived to develop a plan to open its doors for in-person instruction under state guidelines.

District teachers and officials surveyed community members, and discovered 87% voted for in-person instruction.

The district calculated room space, puzzled over busing options, all the while understanding that in the end, the move to open schools or not was a local decision, based on what the community and schools wanted.

In Nyssa, the school district finished its reopening plans last week, which included a 30-page plan for each school with details regarding busing, classroom and playground procedures, and provisions for video-streamed classes for any student who wants it.

On Tuesday, July 28, those plans were scuttled when Gov. Kate Brown announced three new metrics for schools across the state to reopen for . . .