High Desert League schools back in classes

On December 7, 2020, the Oregon Schools Activities Association Executive Board voted to delay the high school sports season until February 22. Just two days before Christmas, Governor Kate Brown set new policies and set a Feb. 15 goal for all school districts to “return students to in-person instruction, especially elementary students.”

With the February dates fast approaching, do schools have students in the classroom and able to resume sports?

With limited enrollment among many of the schools, the 1A-8 High Desert League saw many of the league’s members never leave the classroom. The Burnt River Bulls, Crane Mustangs, Dayville Tigers, Jordan Valley Mustangs, Long Creek Mountaineers, Monument Tigers, Prairie City Panthers, and Ukiah Cougars maintained in-person learning since the fall opening of the school year.

The Adrian Antelopes and Harper Hornets resume classes back at the schools January 11. Working on a limited schedule currently, the Huntington Locomotives report students return full time beginning January 11 and the Four River Falcons are also working on plans to return January 11.