OMS Announcements

Return to School Plans

posted Aug 2, 2016, 7:55 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Aug 11, 2020, 12:24 PM by D’Carla Meisenburg ]

Orion Middle School

Return to School Plan

Face Coverings

  • Masks are required for all students and adults by state mandate.

  • Not required during eating.

  • Potential creation of times for students/staff to be mask free when outside practicing social distancing.

Changes in the School Day

  • In-person learning on Mon., Wed., and Fri., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Tues. and Thurs. will be remote learning days.

  • Option for remote learning Mon. through Fri.

Preventative Measures

  • Increased cleanings for each building; in addition, deep cleanings on Tues., and Thurs.

  • Increased hand washing and hand sanitizing.

Social Distancing

  • We will social distance as much as possible.

  • Utilize spaces in each building to accommodate larger classes.

Daily Symptom Screening

  • Must pass a daily COVID-19 symptom checklist.

    • Shared/posted at each building.

    • Students exhibiting symptoms should remain home.

  • Temperature checks

    • Bus students

      • Prior to boarding bus

    • All students

      • Prior to entering building

  • The main building entrance is the designated area to enter.

  • Students with a temperature of 100/4 degrees and above—

    • Not allowed to attend school

    • Must be fever free for 72 hours and have a doctor’s diagnosis that the fever was not due to COVID-19

    • Do not use medication to alleviate/mask high temperature


  • OMS students will be having a Grab-and-Go lunch

  • Three lunch periods are scheduled and students will practice social distancing in the cafeteria, gym, classroom, activity room, and outside eating areas

  • Lunch will be available for pick up for students unable to attend

Restrooms and Passing Periods

  • Scheduled restroom breaks for classroom squads.

  • Individual squads will be dismissed one at a time to minimize the number of students in the hallway at one time.

  • Lockers will not be used and students will use their backpacks to store school supplies.  


  • Temperature checks prior to boarding bus.

  • Parent/Guardian must be available immediately in the event a student is unable to board the bus.

  • All students will be required to wear a mask on the bus.  

Parent Communication

  • Our goal is to continue to provide as much detailed information as possible on a timely basis!

  • A Remote Learning template will be developed by grade level to assist parents and students in navigating the distance learning content.

Face Coverings

  • ISBE and IDPH are currently only recommending face masks as an appropriate face covering.

Locker Use

  • Lockers will not be used and students will use their backpacks to store school supplies.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Instruction, assignments, assessments, and grading will be consistent for on-site and remote learning.

  • Traditional grading practices will be used for the 2020-21 school year.

  • District will provide electronic devices, but families will need to ensure Internet capability.

    • Please contact the IT Department if you do not have Internet access.


  • District is working with the Henry County Office of Emergency Management, Henry/Stark County Health Department, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • Goal is to provide scenarios that may happen during the school year with student/staff illness and how the District might respond.

  • In ALL cases, Health Department will be involved with developing timelines for student and staff return.

  • Timelines may change due to Health Department guidance.  



Return to School Q & A

posted Aug 2, 2016, 7:54 AM by Kyle Taylor   [ updated Aug 14, 2020, 8:11 AM by D’Carla Meisenburg ]

Orion Middle School Return-to-School Plan Q & A

  1. Why are students attending in-person on M-W-F from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in lieu of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.?  

Teachers are preparing for in-person and online teaching.  Each mode of teaching requires time to prepare, teach, and grade for that mode.  For example, this additional time will allow teachers to upload video and lessons to Google Classroom.  

  1. When will students have restroom breaks?

Students will have an allotted time each class period for scheduled restroom breaks.  Obviously, contingencies will be made for emergencies.

  1. How will students’ social-emotional needs be addressed?

Ms. Burgert and Mr. Goodwin will be available to assist students.  In addition, they will have virtual office hours.  Our Inner Strength program is being taught to our students throughout the day to support resilience and character development. 

  1. What if a student forgets to charge their Chromebook?

Spare Chromebooks will be available for students to check out during the day.  We want to emphasize the importance of students taking responsibility for their Chromebooks—which means making sure their laptops are charged and ready to go for the upcoming school day.  

  1. How will students maintain social distancing during lunch?

Students are eating lunch in their squads (in their same group, smaller class sizes) while maintaining social distancing (6 ft. apart).  This will be an opportunity for a mask break while eating their lunch; however, it is very important for our students to maintain social distancing during this time.  

  1. Will students use locker rooms for PE?

OMS students will be participating in 30-minute PE classes.  They will be wearing their school clothes; as a result, the locker rooms will not be utilized for changing. However, students will be assigned lockers to store PE clothes & shoes.

  1. How will students be dismissed to their next classes?

Students will be dismissed one class at a time.  This will minimize the number of students in the hallway at any given time.  

  1. How will classrooms be cleaned in-between classes?

The teacher will spray disinfectant on the desks after the students leave and the incoming students will grab a paper towel and wipe off their desk prior to sitting down.

  1. Will students get a break from wearing their masks during the day?

Students will get a break from wearing their masks during lunch.  In addition, teachers will take breaks to go outside and students can take off their masks during that time while practicing social distancing.  

  1. How will the students be dismissed at the end of the day?

Bus riders will be dismissed by individual bus.  The OMS bus dismissal will be at approximately 2:12 p.m.  Our walkers and parent pick up will be before that time—approximately 2:00-2:10 p.m.  Walkers and parent pick up students will be dismissed by hallway to allow for social distancing.  

  1. Will outside speakers and field trips be permitted?

No, outside visitors, speakers and field trips are not permitted during this time.  

  1. How has the OMS class schedule been modified to promote safety?

Our class schedule has been modified to focus on core content areas, encourage smaller class sizes with four squads per grade level, and encourage a family/team approach where our students stay with the same students throughout the day.  

  1. How will students get water during the day?  

We encourage students to use clear water bottles throughout the day.

  1. What are ways that the school is enforcing social distancing?

    1. Marks are being placed 6 ft. apart in front of common use areas—cafeteria, restrooms, office, etc.

    2. One way arrows indicate the side the hallway to use 

    3. Limiting the number of students in the office

    4. Limiting the number of students in the restrooms 

  1. What is being done to assist parents and students in navigating the online learning process?

Each grade level is developing a distance learning template that outlines expectations, procedures, apps being used, curriculum resources, and log ins, etc., to assist students and parents.  All teachers are available from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide support.

  1. Are paper copies being provided for students?

We encourage the use of digital copies.  Teachers will work and provide accommodations for those students with limited access to the Internet.  Please communicate with your teacher any concerns or issues that you may have.  

  1. The OMS plan mentions squads, what are those?

Each grade level is divided into four sections or “squads”.  The students will take classes with the same students (in their squad) throughout the day.  

Orion Middle School

800 12th Avenue

Orion, IL  61273

309-526-3392 Phone

309-526-3872 Fax



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