The Spartan Speaks

School COVID related laws

Mrs. Herring sanitizes desks between classes.

Gracie Hornbaker, Editor in Chief

October 9, 2020

The fall 2020 school year is underway, but looking much different from previous years. Many of the precautions taken inside of Orono High School are due to requirements enacted by the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety. There are still many local schools who have returned to distance learning...

Fans in the Stands

Fans do the roller coaster cheer during a game.

Billy McGannon, Sports Editor

October 9, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released information regarding fans' attendance at high school football games. The number of fans allowed is 250, and that number is divided by the two teams. Each team will be given 125 tickets to give to fans, and masks will be required to get into the ...

Football and Volleyball season moved to fall

Lauryn Pietrzak, Broadcast/Video Editor

October 9, 2020

The Minnesota State High School League has overturned their original decision to move Football and Volleyball to the Spring season. On August 4th, the board of directors met to discuss when high school sports seasons would take place, considering the current climate of our state during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Coronavirus Disrupts 2020-2021 School Year In The Orono District

Photo of Orono High School

Cate Challgren, Features Editor

October 5, 2020

It is well known that the Coronavirus has disrupted a variety of people's everyday lives, one of the more prominent aspects being education. High School English teacher Sarah Cole and 8th grader Cameron Cole give the full scope of the effects the implemented plans have taken on both a student and teacher...

Taking care of mental health in the midst of a pandemic

Mental health is a topic that many are talking about during quarantine, but what are the ways people are taking care of themselves?

Nina Johnson, Editor in Chief

May 27, 2020

Nina Johnson Editor in Chief The COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful, and Orono community members are taking time to understand the importance of mental health and what they can do to reduce anxiety, or to simply put a bit of normalcy back in their lives. Everyone reacts differently to stressful ...

Orono plans an alternative graduation due to COVID-19

Orono plans an alternative graduation due to COVID-19

Gabby Hyrkas, Features Editor

May 27, 2020

Graduation ceremonies will look very different for the class of 2020 across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person graduation ceremonies should be avoided in order to keep everyone in the community safe according to The Minnesota Department of Health. Orono has decided to hold a virtual...

Religious Drawbacks in Response to Global Pandemic

With several public religious practices unavailable during this global pandemic, stay-at-home options have been emphasized.

Kenzie Taylor, Editor in Chief

April 22, 2020

Kenzie Taylor Editor in Chief During the first few months since its spread, the COVID-19 virus has taken a toll on families and small businesses globally. Additionally, widespread stay-at-home orders are forcing religious practices to come to a halt as well. Christians have just celebrated Easter, J...

COVID – 19 and Racial Stigma

This visual is showing steps that we can do as a society to decrease racial stigma around the coronavirus.

Tillie Hogenson, Staff Reporter

April 17, 2020

Tillie Hogenson Staff Reporter In Minnesota, there are about 1,200 cases of the coronavirus, and 39 reported deaths. Governor Tim Walz recently extended the “stay at home” order through May 4, as the peak of coronavirus is supposed to hit Minnesota in summer. Currently, the United States has bec...

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