Desks and chairs are stacked in a classroom at Alameda Elementary School in Ontario in early 2020. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)
Here are the key elements that will lead to Malheur County schools returning to normal operations.
Key change 1: State health metrics until now restricted when schools could open. Beginning Jan. 1, the metrics are advisory, meaning they no longer come with the possibility of state enforcement. Other state requirements remain in place.
Key change 2: Local health and school officials now control the decision on whether particular schools should open even if coronavirus numbers in Malheur County pose a high health risk. The decision will be made at the school district level. The three numbers set by the state covering a two-week period that until now required remote learning:
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