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COVID-19 Health & Safety

Orono Community Education Program Updates

With health and safety at the forefront, our Community Education team has made adjustments to our programs to meet state guidelines and ensure a safe environment for all participants. These guidelines may change in order to continue to meet health and safety standards during the pandemic. This page will stay up-to-date with new changes as it relates to our programs.

Face Covering Requirement

Per state executive order and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), individuals 5 years and older are required to wear cloth face coverings when in a public building, this includes school buildings (some exemptions apply). Therefore, Orono Schools is requiring those who enter any school buildings to wear face coverings while on campus. Note: Face coverings are not recommended for children under 2.

Health Screening

We are asking everyone to do a quick health screen at home before attending any Community Education program. 


  • Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Have you had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine? Members of your household are considered close contacts.
  • Are you or any other household member currently waiting for COVID-19 test results? If the household member being tested is asymptomatic (no symptoms), other household members do not need to stay home.


  • Fever greater or equal to 100 F
  • New onset and/or worsening cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Any combination of sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.

If the answer is yes to any of the above questions – stay home and get well!

When Should My Child Stay Home?

  • If they do not pass the health screen as stated above.
  • If they test positive for COVID-19, even if no symptoms are present.
  • If they had close contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19.
  • If someone who lives in their house has symptoms of COVID-19 and is being tested.
  • If they had a fever or cold symptoms in the previous 24 hours.

Class Sizes

All Community Education classes and programs have maximums set to ensure proper social distancing can be maintained in the designated space. Questions about a specific program? Email or call 952-449-8350.


Will Community Education programs be held this winter?
Yes! Register for youth and adult classes/programs at
Will there be a printed brochure in winter or spring 2021?
In an effort to remain flexible during these changing times, we will not be distributing a print brochure in winter or spring 2021. An electronic winter 2021 brochure can be viewed here. View our website to browse and register for classes & programs –
What if a class/program I want to register for is full?
If a class or program is listed as full in our registration system, we recommend you go forward with enrolling your student on the waitlist. You will not be charged when adding to a waitlist. We expect that our registrations may fluctuate or our class capacity could change. If an opening becomes available, we will contact you directly.
What is social distancing?
Per the Minnesota Department of Health, the term “social distancing” refers to measures being taken to restrict where and when people can gather in order to stop or slow the spread of infectious disease. In general, 6 feet of separation is the distance that should be kept between people interacting within their community. This recommendation is most important in the setting of a large gathering where there is intermingling of people whose symptom status may be hard to monitor. Small, closed pods that serve a consistent group of participants and staff offer the opportunity to more closely control the environment through monitoring of symptoms and adherence to policies for people who are ill. Social distancing guidance will support a 3-foot radius around each participant, resulting in a 6-foot total distance between any two people.
What happens if my child gets sick while attending the program?

If a participant or staff member develops any symptoms of illness consistent with coronavirus, the following procedures will be followed.

  • Parents and/or emergency contacts will be called and asked to pick-up their child immediately.  
  • The ill participant or staff will be  isolated in a separate room while they wait to be picked up or until they are able to leave the facility on their own.
  • After the ill participant or staff member leaves the facility, staff will disinfect areas where the staff or student were present. 
Are there online class options?

Yes! We are excited to offer a variety of virtual class options. Be sure to check back frequently as classes will continue to be added on an ongoing basis. Click here for virtual classes.


Health & Safety Statement

Due to the highly contagious nature of the current COVID-19 virus outbreak and potentially any other virus that can be contracted from both symptomatic and asymptomatic people, Orono Community Education assumes no responsibility for the contraction of any illness as a result of participation in our program.  All staff, instructors and participants are expected to follow social distancing guidelines. The school cannot be responsible for determining whether or not any participant has, or does not have, COVID-19 or any other illness before, during, or after a class or activity. Anyone who is sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should not attend. It is the school district’s recommendation that during the COVID-19 pandemic participants follow CDC guidelines and consult their doctor with any health related questions or concerns. By participating in our programs you agree to follow the health and safety protocols and procedures set by Orono Community Education.