Small, short, but in-person: a return to the classroom for some schools

Harper School District buses unload students by Logan's Market on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 8. Only 10 students can be on each bus due to Covid precautions. (The Enterprise/Aidan McGloin)

Local school districts are making the most of special state rules to get students back into classrooms – at least for a few hours – while a full return to class for most schools is still weeks away at best.

The state Department of Education allows groups of 10 students to be taught in-person for no more than two hours a day, with no more than 250 students per school building for an entire week.

For a school with fewer than 250 students, that means every student can come to a class if the school district chooses.

Each of the 113 students at Harper Charter . . .