Superintendent's Weekly Update - October 2nd

Otsego Community -

Another healthy week at Otsego!


Information from the Health Department - 9/28/20

Wood County Health Department is helping the community live and work safely during the pandemic.

    • WCHD is working with business owners and event organizers to help them understand and follow COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations.
    • We continue to support school superintendents and nurses to give them the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, review the application of the guidance, and communicate with them about cases and contact tracing.
    • We’re taking steps to make information easier to get online. We’ve recently added a page to our website with FAQs and important links for restaurant and bar owners. You can see that information here: https://sites.google.com/view/wchdohio-coronavirus/home/restaurant-and-bar-guidance

Wood County Health Department is helping events take place safely by working with organizers to understand and meet requirements and best practices.

    • WCHD is reviewing proposed events to ensure they are allowed and comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
    • Information about approved events and how organizers can contact us about their plans can be found on our website: https://sites.google.com/view/wchdohio-coronavirus/home/events
    • Some events do not require a plan and may not be listed on our website.
    • The events that require a plan are things like 5K races, car shows, charity walks, dance recitals or marching band shows.
    • If WCHD determines an event is allowed, it is placed in a “Pending” status. Once the event organizer has met all public health guidelines, the event will be moved to the “Approved” list.
      • Organizers of approved events have demonstrated they are aware of the safety requirements and have plans to address them.
    • If you are aware of an event that requires a plan, and it is not listed on our webpage, contact the event organizer to encourage them to connect with us.

Wood County Health Department is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine so we’re ready whenever it gets here.

    • Health departments have been preparing for emergencies like pandemics for a long time.
    • COVID-19 vaccine presents new challenges, so we are adapting our plans to address the unique circumstances.
      • This includes preparing for things such as a possible need for ultra-cold storage with dry ice and evaluating other supply needs.
      • We are updating our vaccination strategies to incorporate social distancing and other precautions.
      • We’re talking with our partners about how they can help with vaccine planning and delivery.
    • Healthcare workers, EMS, law enforcement and fire safety personnel, you might be in a priority group and could receive it sooner than others, so get your flu vaccine now.

Getting a flu vaccine is a safe step people can take to prepare themselves and their family for any flu season but is more important this year.

    • COVID-19 has made this year a challenge for everyone. You can reduce the chances of you or your family having to have to deal with the flu this year by getting your flu shot now.
    • When you take steps to prevent getting the flu, it makes you less likely to have symptoms also common for COVID-19 that could keep you at home waiting for test results.
    • When the COVID-19 vaccine arrives, public health and health care professionals are going to be busy getting as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Getting your flu vaccine by the end of October is one way to can help us get ready.
    • We want you to get a flu vaccine so you can get that out of the way. Set aside time in your busy schedule for your flu vaccine now so you are prepared when the COVID-19 vaccine is ready.
    • We encourage everyone 6 months and older to get a yearly flu vaccine as it is the first and most important step in protecting against the flu
    • Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19; however, flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important not only to reduce risk from the flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.
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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.

Safety Video:

In collaboration with the Village of Tontogany and the Wood County Sherriff's Office, please visit this short video for safety reminders on our roadways, parking lots, and inside the village. #BeSafe #OtsegoKnights


Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS: Monday, October 5th

Food pick up is Monday from 5-6 pm. Please make sure you are there if you signed up for food.

Adam Koch


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!


Friday, October 2

7:00 - V FB (H) Fostoria

Saturday, October 3

9:00 - JH/HS XC @ Clay (Oregon Rec. Complex)

10:00 - JV FB @ Fostoria

11:00 - GS (H) Delta

1:00 - JV/V VB (H) North Central

Monday, October 5

4:15 - 7th/8th VB (H) Rossford

Tuesday, October 6

4:30 - HS XC @ Napoleon

5:00 - BS (H) Scott **confirming this

5:30 - JV/V VB @ Genoa

Wednesday, October 7

4:15 - 7th/8th VB (H) Woodmore

Thursday, October 8

5:00 - GS (H) Woodmore

5:30 - JV/V VB (H) Lake

7:00 - BS @ Woodmore


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.

14U Orange Crush Baseball 2020-21

Orange Crush baseball spirit wear is now open!

*All items before Christmas

Please help support 14U Baseball Team


- Shop Now: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/rnhqcDnnpB

- Store Open From: September 23 – October 2, 2020

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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!

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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