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BREAKING: Children and staff to wear masks in school this fall, says governor

Nyssa School staff member Mandy Esplin helps adjust a mask for Ethan Castro as he gets ready for kindergarten class. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ONTARIO – Malheur County students and school staff will be required to wear face masks while indoors at the start of this upcoming school year under a new order from Gov. Kate Brown as concerns about coronavirus once again grow.

The decision imposes an uncomfortable mandate in a county where earlier this month, the majority of school boards voted to recommend but not require masks.

“I think that most of us were caught a little off guard, given that three weeks ago (the governor) said we weren’t going to have to, that it was going to be a local decision,” said Kevin Purnell, superintendent of Adrian School District. 

“It’s . . .