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Malheur County schools could open in January as governor announces new rules

Gov. Kate Brown announced new Covid metrics regarding schools Wednesday. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media)

Students in Malheur County could return to something approaching a normal school day as soon as next month under new rules announced Wednesday by Gov. Kate Brown.

Brown directed state officials to put in place measures to allow schools to reopen and turning over to local school districts the decision on whether to open schools.

“The greatest gift we can give to Oregon’s children this holiday season is to redouble our efforts to act responsibly and reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our communities,” Brown said in announcing her decision.

She said authorities at the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education were to work with schools “with the goal of preparing more Oregon schools, especially elementary . . .