Editor's Note: As Oregon leaders grapple with rising cases of COVID-19, many rural school districts, including Jefferson County School District 509-J, have had to postpone plans to return to full-time classroom learning. This fall, Pamplin Media Group and Underscore.news teamed up to look at how rural schools were responding to distance learning. This article, first published last month, explores the challenges faced by parents, students and teachers on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Aldo Garcia begins his day by picking up six breakfasts and six lunches at Warm Springs K-8 Academy.