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Oregon officials consider state changes that could give Malheur County schools more leeway to open

Victor Trujillo watches as son Juan Trujillo gets a temperature check recently outside the school from Lori Ballou of the Nyssa School staff. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Oregon school officials are considering changing rules to get more students back into classrooms.

Doing so without putting families and school workers at risk of contracting Covid is the challenge.

“Our highest priority is to open our schools to in-person instruction,” said Marc Siegel, communications director for the state Education Department. “We want each community to have the ability to do that as soon as we believe we can provide safety and stability for students, families and staff at the school.”

How rule changes would affect Malheur County’s 5,000 or so students isn’t clear. Smaller schools, such as Jordan Valley, have returned all students . . .