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USDA has created a new waiver to help schools provide free meals to all children to start the school year. Orono Schools will be able to provide breakfast and lunch each day to all students in all of the learning models.
Our role in nourishing our students does not stop with COVID-19. Our goal is to continue to provide every student at Orono a safe and nourishing meal opportunity whether they are learning on campus or from their home.
Our staff has been trained to follow additional safety measures to help keep everyone safe. Proper social distancing in our cafeterias and curbside pickup, PPE usage in the work space, and health questionnaires as our staff arrive to work. Serving lines will be disinfected between classes and students will be asked to wash/sanitize their hands before going through the line as well as dabbing their finger in sanitizer before entering their PIN.
We ask for your flexibility as we work with our vendors and staff as we adapt to new menus and serving changes. All menu changes will be made on our website orono.nutrislice.com.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-priced meals if schools were open. Please find out more information here to see if your family qualifies.
Meal pick up for distance learning students will be available to all students age 18 years old and under. Meals will continue to be free of charge until further notice. Here are the meal pick-up details:
Breakfast and lunch options will be available daily. Students at the middle school will be able to walk through the breakfast and lunch lines and eat in their classrooms. Students at the high school will be able to walk through the breakfast and lunch lines and eat in the cafeteria. Social distancing practices will be enforced through the serving lines and cafeterias. We ask that students keep their masks on until they are seated at their table.
Breakfast and lunch counts will be taken in K-5 student classrooms. No need to pre-order.
All students at Schumann Elementary will order their lunches during morning attendance. Lunches will be delivered to classrooms. Breakfast for kindergarten will be pre-ordered during attendance for the next school day and delivered to their classroom. Students in 1st and 2nd grade will be able to walk through the breakfast line to purchase their meal.
All students at Orono Intermediate School will be able to receive their breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria and eat in their classrooms. Students will take a lunch count in their classroom as normally practiced.
Our goal at Orono Schools Child Nutrition is to provide fresh, nutritious, well-balanced meals that meet the dietary guidelines for required levels of nutrients and calories for each age group. Our staff receive annual education to keep current with nutrition standards and ensure they are able to serve our students at the highest level.
Students must select at least three out of the five meal components offered (one of those must be a fruit or vegetable) to be considered a complete meal. Meals and a la carte items are priced competitively to encourage the consumption of a well-balanced meal.
All full meals consist of five components:
Visit Nutrislice to see our breakfast and lunch menus. The interactive menus provide pictures, nutritional information, allergens and brief descriptions of all menu options. For on-the-go convenience, download the Nutrislice app to your iPhone or Android device. For hands-free convenience, ask Alexa or Echo, “What is the lunch menu for [Name of School]?”
Orono’s program uses a computerized system that allows students to electronically purchase a meal. A personal account is established with four-digit PIN number for each student in the district. When a student makes a purchase, the purchase is directly deducted from their account balance. Account balance, purchase history, low balance reminders and autopay features are available on MyPaymentsPlus.
We encourage all families to establish a MyPaymentsPlus account and use this method for meal payments. Payments are deposited into meal accounts within hours and tracking meal purchases is easy. Online meal payments do include a 3.95% transaction fee. If you would rather not pay this fee, you have the option to pay by cash or check.
If you would rather pay by cash or check, please drop off payments in the designated mailboxes located near the main entrances. (The mailbox at Orono Middle School is located in the cafeteria.) Cash or check deposits will be done twice a week. Please write the four-digit PIN number and student name in the check memo section to ensure accuracy.
Students eligible for benefits follow the same procedures as full-pay students. Orono Schools maintains complete confidentiality regarding a student’s eligibility status. Our meal program will provide students eligible for benefits with one full breakfast (at Orono Middle School and Orono High School only) and one full lunch per day at no charge. To be considered a full meal, a student must select a minimum of three out of the five meal components offered (one of those must be a fruit or vegetable).
Students eligible for the reduced program will follow the same procedure as those with free eligibility.
All a la carte purchases or incomplete meals are NOT covered by free/reduced benefits; those purchases are charged to a student’s meal account. Students must have money in their meal account to make additional purchases. Please read our negative balance procedure for more information.
All students with a positive balance may purchase additional cartons of milk, extra lunches or a la carte items during their lunch period Note: A la carte purchases are not part of the free and reduced lunch program.
*Please note that a la Carte purchases are not included in the free meals available for this school year. Students must have money in their account for a la carte purchases.
A special dietary need is when a student has a disability to food due to a diagnosed allergy, intolerance, disease or medical condition. A signed doctor’s note is required before any menu accommodations can be made. Lactose intolerance is the only exception in which a signed note from a parent is accepted. Orono Child Nutrition personnel work with our district nurse to obtain proper documentation before meeting dietary requests to ensure the safety of students.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). Orono Schools is an equal opportunity provider.