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PHOTOS: Alameda returns some to the classrom – all keeping their distance

Under the watchful eye of instructional assistant Sharla McClean, kindergartner Zoe Iracheta work through a lesson at Alameda Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 5. Selected students are in socially distanced classes two hours a day. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

For 65 Ontario students, last Wednesday was the first day of school.

That was when Alameda Elementary School opened its doors for the first time this school year to put students in front of teachers in classrooms.

They had all started the year as did the rest of the students in Ontario School District – attending lessons via the internet. The Ontario district was the last in Malheur County to tiptoe back into in-person teaching.

“It was like Christmas morning,” said Andrea Buchholtz, Alameda principal, about welcoming back some students.

Teachers and administrators selected . . .