As Oregon schools open their doors, students are heading back to school in droves for hybrid instruction — with some time spent at school, in-person, and the rest of the time continuing to learn at home. Students heading back to physical classrooms have found the experience isn’t the same as they remembered before the pandemic. Bend La-Pine was the first large district in Oregon to go back to in-person instruction for all grades. Since the district went all-in two weeks ago, COVID-19 has surged in Deschutes County. Now case metrics threaten the reopening. But health officials say school-related transmission of the virus is low, and that spread is mostly happening outside of classrooms. OPB reporters Elizabeth Miller and Emily Cureton join us to talk about the challenges schools and students face as they approach the end of this school year.

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