Superintendent's Weekly Update - October 16th

Otsego Community -

Another perfect week at Otsego!!!! No cases yet again.


Otsego Football Playoff Game: Kickoff is at 7 pm tomorrow and will be LIVE STREAMED HERE

Latest News from the Wood County Health Department:

Families should approach trick-or-treat differently this year in order to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Here are some suggestions for enjoying a safe Halloween:

  • Avoid having children select their own treats from a bowl or common container.
  • Limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far as possible from anyone you don’t live with. Celebrate Halloween in your own community, and don’t visit other areas.
  • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes, and allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
  • If your child is at greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities. Decorating your home and hiding treats can be a fun alternative to trick-or-treating.
  • A costume mask is not a safe substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it could become hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.

If you will host trick-or-treaters at your house, take steps to make it safer:

  • Make it contactless. Place treats or individual goodie bags on your porch, steps or a table in the driveway, or hang treats from a wall or fence.
  • Greet trick-or-treaters from behind a storm door or window.
  • Use creative decorations to create a buffer on your porch.

Party hosts, if you’re looking to celebrate this season, follow these tips for a safer event:

  • Do not hold large, in-person Halloween parties. Instead have smaller parties to limit your gathering to no more than 10 people, preferably outside or in larger indoor spaces with ventilation. If you decide to have several parties, be sure to clean and sanitize between groups.
  • If you will have food, it’s safer to have prepackaged single-serving food and drinks and disposable utensils. Consider having guests bring their own food and beverages.
  • Practice social distancing and offer plenty of hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid activities such as bobbing for apples that foster the spread of infection.

Going to a Halloween gathering? Here are some tips to make it safer:

  • Don’t go if you feel sick at all. Be sure to check your temperature before you leave the house and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Avoid parties that will have more than 10 people.
  • Think about bringing your own food or drink. Avoid potluck or family-style meals.
  • Wear a face covering, bring hand sanitizer and keep your distance from people who are not part of your household.
  • Consider safer, socially distant ways to celebrate that don’t put you in close contact with other people, such as:

      • Having a virtual costume party or pumpkin-carving contest.
      • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
      • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home, rather than going house to house.

Alex Aspacher

Community Outreach Coordinator

Wood County Health Department

1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road

Bowling Green, OH 43402


419-352-8402 ext. 3298

419-354-9212 (direct)

Trick or Treat in the Otsego Community:

Please be safe and practice all of the guidelines from the State of Ohio.


Grand Rapids: October 31st from 5 to 7 pm

Haskins: October 31st from 5 to 7 pm

Tontogany: October 31st from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Weston: October 31st from 6 to 7:30 pm

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Quarantined: If a student or staff member has been in close contact with another individual that tests positive for COVID-19 the student will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of close contact. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of the positive individual. The quarantine may end only after 14 days if the student/staff member was symptom-free the entire time.

Isolated: If a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 they are to isolate at home for 10 days since the symptoms first appeared. The student or staff member may return when there have been 10 days since symptoms began, no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and COVID-19 symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.

Contact Tracing: We will contact trace through multiple means. We will start with all of our seating charts in classrooms and on the bus. We will also check to see what extracurriculars the students are involved in. We will also be directly communicating with the students to get a detail of their day. The contact tracing will start two days prior to a student having symptoms. For example, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 and symptoms appear on a Wednesday, we will contact trace and determine if any individual had close contact (within 6 ft. for more than 15 minutes) on Monday or Tuesday of that week.

Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS: Monday, October 19th

Food pick up is Monday, October 19th from 4-5 pm. Please make sure you are there if you signed up for food and please note the change in time.

Food Service Reminder - Breakfast and Lunches are FREE all year for ALL students.

Adam Koch


Eagle Scout Project Donation

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Dear Otsego Community,

As a member of Boy Scout Troop of 347, Tontogany, Ohio, and a sophomore at Otsego High School, I am currently pursuing my Eagle Rank. I will be building a batting cage for the Tontogany Legion Ball Fields. This project will benefit the community by providing a recreational outlet for the youth of the Otsego Local School District communities. Baseball and softball are popular and the need for another batting cage at the field is great. Especially in these difficult times, outside recreation is extremely important. The batting cage will be 60X18. My project is to fundraise and build the batting cage with the help of my troop. The estimated cost for the project is $2,500. Any funds that are donated to this worthy project would be greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made in the form of a check to Troop 347, with the Neil Amborski, Eagle Project noted in the memo line. The donation can be mailed to 14016 Cross Creek Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. If you have any questions about the project, please contact me at the e-mail address 23namborski@otsegoknights.org . Thank you for your consideration.


Neil Amborski

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Otsego Food Pantry

The Otsego Food Pantry is always willing to help those in need. This service is by appointment only. Please call, text, or email to schedule.

Otsego Food Pantry
c/o Lisa Hatfield
PO Box 261
17700 Beaver Street
Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Phone: 419-830-1051
Email: otsegofoodpantryoh@gmail.com

Housed in the Grand Rapids First Presbyterian Church – Supported by our Community!


Saturday, October 17

10:00 - JH/HS XC NBC Championships @ Fostoria HS

7:00 - V FB (H) Pleasant *Playoff Game

Monday, October 19

5:00 - V VB @ Paulding *Sectional Game

Wednesday, October 21

5:00 - BS @ Ada (War Memorial Park) *Sectional Game

5:00 - GS @ Swanton *Sectional Game

Thursday, October 22

4:30 - 7th/8th FB @ Fostoria

Friday, October 23

5:00 - BS (H) Swanton *Originally scheduled 10/10


Reminder: Please send me any and all community events that you might know of. I love sharing things in and around our great community. I will start sending out updates every Friday starting the first week of school. If you could email me community events by Thursday evening that would be great. Thank you.
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Questions, Concerns, Comments, or Rumors

I would like to introduce a way for the community to ask the Otsego Team a question, clarify a rumor, address a concern, or comment on anything Otsego. Please use the form below to ask your question. We will answer them throughout the year in this update. Our goal is to be transparent with the Otsego Community and give you another avenue to ask us questions. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email. Thank you!

Click here to submit your question


The Otsego Local School District would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support our students, staff, and community. Click on the links below to support our sponsors. If you are interested in advertising with us and would like more information, please contact me at akoch@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 1102

Otsego Board of Education

President: Brad Anderson banderson.otsego@gmail.com

Vice President: James Harter jameslharter@gmail.com

Board Member: Mark Tolles mdt814@cs.com

Board Member: Jessica Mehl jmehl.jd@gmail.com

Board Member: Gordon Digby gdigby44@gmail.com

Lisa Austin, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent/EMIS Coordinator

Lauri Dunham, Special Education Director

Stephen Bihary, School Psychologist

Becky Buchman, Assistant Elementary Principal

Tom Ferdig, High School Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Grades 6-12

Eva Vasher, Director of Transportation, Custodial, and Maintenance