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Ontario teachers face off with board, community over a possible return to school

ONTARIO – A majority of high schools in Malheur County have opened their doors for students to come back full time - except Ontario.

The largest high school in the county has so far provided only an expanded version of limited in-person instruction while maintaining all credit-granting classes online. 

Gov. Kate Brown’s March 12 declaration that all schools must offer an in-person option by April 19 signified the potential for important changes for Ontario. 

But at an Ontario School Board meeting on March 29, Ontario teachers pushed back against the notion that they could simply “get the kids back in school.” 

With teachers insisting that they want students back in the building, community and even board members questioned their motives, suggesting that teachers were looking for reasons not to fully reopen the high school . . .