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Rural schools in Malheur County could get help from group’s work on state Covid restrictions

Desks and chairs are stacked in a classroom at Alameda Elementary School in Ontario. The room is undergoing deep cleaning in preparation for coming school year. A new work group of officials will try to frame a new set of metrics for rural schools during the Covid pandemic. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

VALE - A 12-member work group of eastern Oregon officials is forming to address the governor’s Covid metrics as it relates to rural schools.

The work group idea emerged from a conference call on Friday, July 31, organized by state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale. Findley said Gov. Kate Brown and members of her staff, along with about 45 other people – including elected leaders, school and public health officials – took part in the Friday session.

The work group consists of school superintendents, county . . .