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Learning Model Update

Updated April 7, 2021

Orono Schools has shifted students to the in-person learning model while continuing to support families that have elected full-time distance learning. The transition plan was approved by the Orono School Board, Incident Command Team, Regional Support Team, and the Minnesota Department of Health.

We are excited to bring our students back to campus with continued focus on health and safety for our entire learning community!


Wednesday late-start schedule will continue. To support dedicated teacher planning time required by the governor, Wednesday mornings will continue to run on a 2 1/2 hour late start schedule.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The Orono Schools COVID-19 Dashboard provides county, region and school case data. It is updated as we receive new information.

Travel Guidance 

As with many aspects of this pandemic, travel guidance is ever-changing. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is guiding schools to continue to direct families to the MDH or CDC travel websites for the most up-to-date information and guidance. See the current MDH travel guidance:

Travel to or from Minnesota

If you are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, do not travel.

Out-of-state travel is highly discouraged.

  • People visiting or returning from travel out of state are asked to stay away from others (quarantine) for 14 days after they arrive in Minnesota
  • During those 14 days, it is important that you stay home and watch for symptoms. If you must go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet from other people, and wash your hands often.

Visit CDC: Travel for more information about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Travel: For international travel, follow federal guidelines.

Visit U.S. Department of State: Travel and CDC: COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination for more information. If you are a non-U.S. resident looking to travel to Minnesota, contact your country’s embassy in the United States for additional guidance.

Bus Transportation

Due to COVID-19 distancing guidelines on school buses, many families opted out of bus transportation at the beginning of the school year. The same transportation commitments will continue as we return to in-person and hybrid learning. 

If your child at OMS or OHS is opted-in to school bus transportation, please note that the Wednesday pick-up schedule will be 2 1/2 hours later than normal.

To inquire if there is space available on your bus route, please email


Please contact Katie Gram at Spartan Kids regarding childcare for students age 12 and younger and special accommodations for families with Tier 1 workers. 

Child Nutrition Services

Visit the Orono Child Nutrition webpage for the latest updates. You can also follow Nutrition Services on Instagram.

Meals are currently FREE to all students 18 years old and younger. That includes all toddlers and students that do not currently attend Orono Schools. Participation in this program helps support Orono Child Nutrition. 

Distance Learning Meals

The current meal pick-up hours are Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Orono High School north parking lot. Sign-ups are only required for special dietary needs.

Technology Support

COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources

As your first stop, please visit the Orono Schools Health & Safety guidelines for COVID-19 which is updated regularly by the district’s COVID coordinators, Janet Franzen and Dr. Kristine Flesher

Helpful resources for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community

Mental Health Support

Please be sure to access mental health support resources through your child’s school counselor and other personnel. They are your one-stop shop when seeking educational/mental health support for your children.

You can also contact Julie Jurek, Social Worker at or telephone 952-449-8332 or Jane Leeper, Social Worker at or telephone 952-449-8466.

Mental health resources: