Superintendent's Weekly Update - October 9th

Otsego Community -

Reminder - There is NO school on Monday, October 12th. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. The weather is going to be perfect.

Another healthy week at Otsego! The dashboard is updated as of the end of the day today. Keep up the safe practices. We can do this!!


NBC Championship Football Gear- Sale ends Sunday.


Football Playoffs:

The bracket for the OHSAA Football playoffs can be found HERE. The team finished their regular season 6-0 and league champs! I know that the community cannot attend like they normally would, but we appreciate the support online that you are giving the team. All home games will continue to be live-streamed by Otsego TV. The first game is Saturday, October 17th at 7 pm. We hope you can tune in.

Parents - We passed our OHSAA inspection last week with flying colors. THANK YOU very much for your efforts! We appreciate your efforts this season and especially last Friday night. I want to give a huge shoutout to Mr. Ferdig and the athletic department for all their work this season to prepare our stadiums to play!

Latest News from the Wood County Health Department:

Dear partners,

You can help us help the community by sharing these talking points with your employees, customers, clients, family, friends and other members of the community. Please feel free to use these in your newsletters, social media posts or media interviews as well. A PDF is included for you to forward to your contacts. Thanks for your help.

COVID-19 continues to spread in Wood County, and more people are testing positive.

    • Wood County has the fifth-highest incidence rate in the state over the last two weeks at 189.6 new cases per 100,000 residents.
    • Wood County’s rate 2 weeks ago was 104 new cases per 100,000. This means that there are more COVID-19 cases in the community in general.
    • This is concerning because it could cause a jump in cases, which could lead to an increased burden on health care resources from people needing medical treatment.
    • The CDC considers rates over 100 as high incidence. This means people in the community are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19.

In Wood County, like many areas across the country, there is an increase of cases in young adults and children.

    • 47% of cases in the last 2 weeks were in people aged 20-29, and 27% were in people aged 0-19.
    • While the risk of serious illness in young adults and children is lower than in older adults, people should still be concerned about preventing spread in this population.
      • Children and young adults with underlying health conditions such as asthma, obesity or diabetes are at risk for seriously complications from COVID.
    • Younger people may not realize they are infected because their symptoms are mild or not apparent. This means they could spread the virus to parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and other older adults without knowing it.

This data helps us get a picture of the current risk to the community and helps us see trends to have an idea of what’s coming next.

    • The change in both the incidence rate and average age of new cases means we need to remind children and young adults about what they can do to reduce the spread of the virus.
    • It’s important to maintain distance, wear a mask, wash hands and stay home if you’re sick, even if you think it’s just a cold.
      • Wearing a mask is important even if you’re 6 feet apart, and vice versa.
    • Gathering with other people increases the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19.
      • If numbers increase, limiting your activities can reduce your risk, and is especially important if you’re at greater risk for severe illness. This includes older adults and people with conditions like:

· Cancer

· Type 2 diabetes

· Obesity

· Chronic kidney disease

· COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

· A weakened immune system from organ transplant

· Serious heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies

· Sickle cell disease

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)

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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. Please CLICK HERE for the link. The deadline to sign up will be Wednesday, October 14th.

Adam Koch


Elementary Aide Posting

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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 10

10:00 - 8th VB @ NBC Tournament (Genoa) vs. Woodmore

10:30 - JV/V VB @ Evergreen

11:00 - BS (H) Swanton

4:45 - 7th VB @ NBC Tournament (Fostoria) vs. Genoa

7:00 - HS XC @ Springfield “Saturday Night Lights”

Tuesday, October 13

5:30 - JV/V VB @ Eastwood

Thursday, October 15

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

5:00 - GS (H) Genoa

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

7:00 - BS @ Genoa

Saturday, October 17

10 am - Cross Country League Meet

7pm - V FB


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