Superintendent's Weekly Update - December 4, 2020

Otsego Community -

Please CLICK HERE to view the email that I sent out earlier today regards Remote Learning PRACTICE DAYS for December 21st and 22nd only. This letter was also sent home with all PK-8 students.


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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.

Bus Information:

As the weather gets colder, so do the buses. We are going to keep the roof vents open because of COVID-19. This is a best practice to keep the air flowing. Please make sure your children dress appropriately. If they wear shorts to school they are going to likely get cold on the buses. We need to keep the vents open this year. Thank you!

Food Pick up for ONLINE STUDENTS: Monday, December 14th

Food pick-up is Monday, December 14th from 4-5 pm. Please fill the form out below.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FOOD ON DECEMBER 14th - Please sign up by December 9th

Food Service Reminder - Breakfast and Lunches are FREE all year for ALL students. Even if your child packs every day have them try our lunches. We are ok with that. It would be a great opportunity for them to try out our food service program.

Adam Koch


Job Posting

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Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations

Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Please use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.

Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!

These funds are not for routine expenses such as utilities, bills, rent, etc. It is designed for assisting community members in an emergency situation. This can include but is not limited to unforeseen medical expenses, medical-related travel expenses, and household emergencies such as a fire, water leaks, etc. Please keep this in mind when submitting a nomination.

Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!


Local Farmers Team Up with Pioneer Seeds

Support Exceeded $6,500 in donations to Otsego’s Knights Have Your Back

November 24, 2020.

As you traveled the Otsego community this past summer, you may have noticed corn, soybean, and wheat fields with signs stating, “This Acre is Donated to Knights Have Your Back. ” Over the

2020 growing season, local farmers in the Otsego community teamed up with Pioneer Seeds to donate an acre of profit from their signed farms. As each farm made a donation, Pioneer Seeds matched this donation, providing an overall donation of over $6,500.

The Otsego Knights Have Your Back is led by Jessica Vollmar, Otsego Family & Consumer Science Teacher, a satellite of Penta Career Center. Jessica’s team of volunteers consists of 25 high school students who volunteer their time each week to pack a minimum of fifty bags of food for Otsego community student families. Vollmar commented specifically about this teamed effort, “The positive impact that local farmers’ donations have made on the Otsego community is life-changing for so many Otsego community members. Knights Have Your Back is able to provide food to over 50 Otsego families each and every week because of their generosity. To say that “Farmers Feed America” is an understatement, because not only do they provide the food we all rely on, but their giving spirit is the heart and soul of our Otsego community.”

Jeff Mason, a local farmer, and Pioneer Sales Representative assisted with the sign distribution and made the following comments. “While delivering signs, local growers and I conversed about having the same goals, “helping others in a time of need.” It was great to see how many people came together and provided help in our local community.”

The need is still great in the Otsego community. If you would like to make a donation to this organization, please make donations to Otsego Board with “Knights Have Your Back”

in the memo. All donations can be mailed to Otsego Local Schools at 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, Suite 1, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

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Sign up for a Free Thermometer and to receive information from our School Nurse

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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!


CLICK HERE for live stream events on Otsego's Campus. All JH and HS HOME games will be live streamed by Otsego TV

Saturday, December 5

2:00 - JV/V GBK (H) Evergreen

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK @ Evergreen

Monday, December 7

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

Tuesday, December 8

5:30 - JV/V GBK @ Lake

Wednesday, December 9

4:15 - JH WR @ Eastwood

6:00 - HS WR @ Eastwood

4:15 - 7th/8th BBK (H) Elmwood

Thursday, December 10

4:45 - 9th/JV/V BBK @ Rossford


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