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Vale School District ditches masks for upcoming school year

VALE – After new guidance from the Oregon Department of Education which allows for greater local control over Covid restrictions, the Vale School Board has set new, looser protocols for the district.

They include recommending but not requiring face coverings for students and staff and providing them free Covid testing. And students will no longer be kept in cohorts. Such groupings have been kept separate in recent months.

The Vale School Board approved the changes Thursday.

Superintendent Alisha McBride said the new protocols were “effective immediately.” 

“The protocols that were adopted by the board of directors will allow us to plan for a near-normal school year for instruction and activities,” she said. 

The Vale board met for the first time with a change in members that now includes Chair Michael McGourty, Vice Chair Jason Chamberlain . . .