EDITORIAL: Time to get young Malheur County students back to regular classes

Kindergartner Zoe Iracheta, in her second day of school on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Alameda Elementary School, focuses on a lesson. The school returned about 65 students to classrooms for limited instruction. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Gov. Kate Brown should give every elementary student in Malheur County a Christmas gift – a back-to-school order. With the right conditions, the youngest students who are losing the most in schooling could all be back in a classroom with their teachers and with each other. What better gift could they get?

No one questions the value of getting students from kindergarten through sixth grade back to school full time. “For many children and adolescents, schools are safe places to be while parents or guardians are working. For many families, schools are where kids get healthy meals, access to the internet and . . .