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Local officials press the case for Malheur County schools to open fully

A classroom at Ontario High School. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

VALE – Elected officials in Malheur County are pressing Gov. Kate Brown to change state Covid rules so local school children can return to normal classes.

Acting separately, the Vale School Board, the Malheur Education Service District Board and the Ontario City Council each approved messages to the governor with the same intent: Open local schools.

The ESD Board on Tuesday, Dec. 15, urged the governor to “prioritize the return of all students in grades K-5, with an ultimate goal of returning all students to school.” The two-page resolution urged Brown to “reevaluate the metrics for reopening” and enforce “measures to reduce community spread.”

Malheur County has been posting one of the highest Covid infection rates in Oregon, leading the state to rank it . . .