Superintendent's Weekly Update - August 6th

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The link below outlines the plan as we stand today and what will be recommended to the BOE for approval on Monday. We have over two weeks until school starts. If plans change, you will be notified immediately. The reality is cases are increasing in Wood County and we will continue collaborating with the Wood County Health Department.

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

Quarantines: The link below outlines what Wood County and Otsego will be using for quarantines this year. Masks and vaccines will help limit quarantines this year with this guidance. We will provide our seating charts and information to Wood County and they will let us know who needs to quarantine. We have another vaccine clinic available to you on August 18th from 4 to 8 pm in the Elementary.

Quarantine Flow Chart

Thank you for your continued flexibility and support as we navigate this. We need to continue to work together for our students and community!

Thank you,


Open House Information and Start Dates

Open House Times - Monday, August 23rd


Last Names A through L - 6 to 6:45

Last Names M through Z - 7 to 7:45

Junior High and High School

Last Names M through Z - 6 to 6:45

Last Names A through L - 7 to 7:45

Please note the exact times for each building. We flipped the times for the last names between the JH/HS and elementary. We are just trying to reduce the crowds as much as possible.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GRADES 1-6 and 9th Wednesday, August 25th

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GRADES 7, 8, 10-12 – Thursday, August 26th




We are still waiting on the availability of the Stroh Center from BGSU for graduation. We hope to set a date really soon.

Employment Opportunities

The Otsego Local School District has the following openings for the 2021-2022 school year:

Elementary School

Recess Monitor - 2.5 hrs/day Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

One to One Student Aide - 6.75 hrs/day Monday - Friday (1-2 positions available)

Preschool Aide - 4 days/week Tuesday - Friday 8:35 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Classroom Aide - 3.5 hrs/day Monday - Friday

High School

One to One Student Aide - 6.75 hrs/day Monday - Friday


2.5 hrs/day Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Anyone interested should apply in writing to the superintendent's office. These positions will stay open until filled.

Email to : laustin@otsegoknights.org

Supply Lists

Food Service

Meals will be FREE all year. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch the entire year. At the JH and HS if your student wants to buy extra meals or ala carte items they can add money to their lunch account just like last year.

Free and Reduced Application – We still need you to fill out a free and reduced application if you qualify. This is VERY important for a lot of different reasons. There is a very convenient way to fill this out online. https://www.lunchapplication.com/.

Please fill this out if you were free or reduced last year or your circumstances have changed and you think you qualify. If you qualify, you may be allowed to waive other fees throughout the year. It is very important that this gets filled out ASAP.


Preschool Busing: Please click here for the form to fill out and return to Eva Vasher

Bus Routes will go Live on Tuesday, August 17th. I will send information out on the 17th on how to access the system to check your bus stop times.

Online Registration - COMPLETE ASAP

Online Registration: ** REQUIRED FOR ALL K-12 STUDENTS

Final Forms online registration is now open for students in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Online registration is a requirement for all parents of new or returning students. This MUST be completed by a parent or guardian. FinalForms is the information the school uses to communicate with parents via email and phone and has to be updated yearly by the parent.

Click on the link below to start your online registration.


If your student has never attended Otsego and is new to the district, you will want to create a "New Account".

If you have a returning student, this is the same email and password that you have used in the past. Once you have logged in, you will see this text box to register for the 2021-2022 school year.

All parents and students must complete the online registration ASAP

August 9th is the last SUMMER FEEDING Event

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided all summer to any child under the age of 18th. Please see the flyer below for more information. We are asking that you sign up for each date so that we have an estimate of the amount of food that we will need to prepare. We will provide food for 2 weeks at a time. PLEASE SIGN UP. Anyone can request this food. We are happy to provide food to anyone. It is 100% free for EVERYONE. If you have any questions please contact Emilia Bires at ebires@otsegoknights.org


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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!


Sports Pass Information

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Youth Soccer Training Camp: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Junior High Fall Soccer Team: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Coaching Staff

Isaac Puffer, Girls Varsity Soccer, Head Coach

Heather Lorenz, Girls Varsity Soccer, Assistant Coach

Kristin Balazs, Jr. High Soccer, Head Coach

Contact Information

Email: otsegoyouthsoccer@gmail.com

Like us @ Otsego Youth Soccer | Facebook

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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.

Togany Fest Disc Golf Tournament

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K-12 Fitted for Success Program

Wood County Dept. of Job and Family Services

K-12 Fitted for Success Program

The Wood County Department of Job and Family Services is now accepting applications for the K-12 Fitted for Success program for the 2021-2022 school year. 500 children who live in Wood County will be provided with backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies and new shoes and

socks. Assistance with winter coats may also be provided based upon availability.

Assistance is provided on a first come/first serve basis. Proof of household income, Birth Certificates or other proof of citizenship and Social Security cards for all family members must be provided. Families must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify. For a family of 4, this about $4,400 or less in gross income per month. The income amount varies based on family

size. Families do not have to verify school enrollment for this year’s application.

Applications should be received by August 6, 2021 but will be accepted until 500 children are approved. Assistance will be distributed to approved families in August. Interested families may call 419-376-3488 or visit woodcountyjfs.com to request an application to be sent by mail. Applications are also available to print on the website or to pick up at WCDJFS 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Road Bowling

Green. Completed applications may be returned by mail or dropped off at the above address. The agency lobby is open M-F from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and a secure outdoor drop box is available 24/7.

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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