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Orono Schools
Continuity of Learning Plan

Purpose of the Plan

The purpose of the Orono Schools Continuity of Learning Plan is to outline steps that will be taken in event of emergency school closures. Orono Schools will be able to support high quality student learning. These may include hard copy materials, web-based instruction, and online materials.

The teaching and learning staff at Orono Schools are highly trained in using technology as a learning tool to deliver content, set academic milestones and expectations, and collaborate with each other. In the event of a long-term closure, the District would require the full partnership of students, parents, teachers and staff to provide meaningful instruction that meets state guidelines for the continuity of learning.

All Students – Electronic Access

  • In the situation that schools need to be closed for a prolonged period, the District will provide electronic instruction to students in all affected grades.
  • All students will need access to technology devices. School-owned devices may be accessed through procedures established by the District.
  • The full cooperation of students, teachers, and parents is necessary to make electronic instruction meaningful and compliant with Minnesota statutes.
  • In order to access instruction through via iPads/Chromebooks/laptops/etc. students will need to log in according to specific directions provided by their teachers.
  • Students will access digital content through Learning Management Systems; Seesaw (K-2) and Schoology (3-12). Teachers will design content for students that aligns with practices established in their current daily instruction.
  • In order to practice, the District requests that students and teachers engage in short exercises on a periodic basis to practice with electronic learning tools.
  • Families who need assistance with internet connections should contact their respective building principal or the District Technology Coordinator.

Students in K-2

  • Electronic instruction may be delivered through the use of iPads and the District’s Seesaw platform for students in Grades K-2.
  • Students in Grades K-2 do have devices to use in the classroom daily, and they are familiar with their use for instruction.
  • Students in Grades K-2 are familiar with Seesaw.
  • Assignments may alternatively be communicated to students via email to parents for K-2 students.
  • Students should have a balance of time on Seesaw and other technologies, as arranged by the School, as well as time to work on the assignments given without technology.
  • Students in Grades K-2 may begin taking their devices home as directed by the School or as assigned by the District.

Students in Grade 3-12

  • Instruction will be delivered through the use of student devices and the District’s Schoology platform for students in Grades 3-12.
  • Students in Grades 3-12 already have devices to use, and they are familiar with their use for instruction.
  • Content will be delivered through Schoology and may be digital or offline. Students may have a balance of time on Schoology as well as time to work on the given assignments without technology.
  • Students in Grades 3-12 should begin taking their devices home with them at the end of each day, in order to assure that they are ready to use them if the order to close their school happens prior to the start of school the following day.

Consideration for Student Absences and Attendance

Orono School District practices allow for school closures, based on the best interest and well-being for children. It is critical that all employees consistently support a student’s need or parental choice for a child to stay home as well. Homework, grading and instructional decisions should be consistent with current practices.

  • Grading and assessments may be modified for students, but this model of delivery (Continuity of Learning) will ultimately aim to parallel what students would have studied in school.
  • Students’ login access to Schoology will indicate “attendance” in the instructional setting established by the District. Completion of assignments may also be used as an indication of attendance.
  • Other means of checking “attendance” for younger students will be communicated to parents via Seesaw, and they will require parent partnership.
  • Individual teachers will be responsible for assessing student progress.

Consideration for Special Populations

Students with high-risk health conditions may receive special guidance from Minnesota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control or their own healthcare providers. The specific needs of each special education student are outlined in the individual education plan (IEP) and regulated under state and federal law, consideration of special needs for continuity of learning.

Consideration for Community Education Services and Preschool Programs

The District will monitor circumstances and make determinations about Community Education programs on a case-by-case basis.

Consideration for Activities and Athletics

If schools are closed, all school activities and athletics would be canceled.