A class of fourth- and fifth-grade students at Enterprise Elementary School has lunch at their desks on Oct. 12, 2020, in accordance with COVID-19 protocols of safe distancing.

SALEM — Later this month, thousands of Oregon students will begin to head back to schools across the state, the third school year affected by COVID-19.

But how each school handles the coronavirus and its risks will be up to individual decision makers and local public health authorities, a continuation of how Oregon schools operated last year.

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