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Local school district leaders pull plans to reopen off the shelf in the wake of governor’s directive

Area school district officials are now planning how they will switch from a virtual learning model to in-person instruction after an announcement by Gov. Kate Brown last week. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawan).

VALE – Local educators were surprised when Gov. Kate Brown last week announced new mandates for in-person school instruction, adjusting a months-long policy that largely closed schools from Covid.

The governor, in her Dec. 23 announcement, directed state officials to ratify measures to reopen school by February and announced local school districts will decide when to start in-person learning. 

 “This was unexpected,” said Alisha McBride, Vale School District superintendent.

 McBride said she was “thrilled” by the news.

“It provides us the opportunity to consider local context when determining when we’d return to in-person . . .