COVID Update

January 13, 2022

Good afternoon, Otsego families,


We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. We wanted to provide you with an update on items that have been released by the Allegan County Health Department and new COVID-19 mitigation procedures for OPS.


Yesterday, during our weekly superintendent meeting with Allegan County Health Department, the health department released new guidance that is aligned to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in regards to isolation and quarantines. Otsego Public Schools will be using this new guidance in determining isolations and quarantines moving forward. Please see an updated document in this newsletter.


In addition, the health department is imploring all local districts to highly encourage mask wearing during the school day for students and staff as we continue to see cases increase throughout the community. The hope is to avoid moving a building and/or the district to remote learning due to COVID-19 cases or staff shortages. While it remains optional at this time, we are encouraging all students and staff to wear face coverings while at school during this time of high transmission.


This past Monday the Board of Education approved mitigation measures that will require face coverings under certain conditions. The full document addresses several key areas of COVID, but here are the main adjustments in regards to face coverings.


If:

  • A school building has a COVID-19 Cluster or Outbreak determined by the health department;

  • Student attendance within a building is at or below 90% due to COVID-19 cases and/or quarantines;

  • Or attendance district-wide is at or below 90% due to COVID-19 cases and/or quarantines;

Then:

  • face coverings will be required for 14 calendar days during the instructional day.


We have attached the full document with more details.


As we continue to move through this ever changing pandemic, we recognize that this is difficult for some families, students and staff but we can’t thank you enough for the efforts made by everyone to limit the spread of COVID-19. Finally, if your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms please keep them home and get them tested to reduce the risk of any spread or outbreak.


These symptoms include.


  • Fever or chills,
  • Cough,
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • Fatigue,
  • Muscle or body aches,
  • Headache,
  • New loss of taste or smell,
  • Sore throat,
  • Congestion or runny nose,
  • Nausea or vomiting,
  • or Diarrhea



We appreciate everything you are doing to assist us as we navigate through this pandemic.


Sincerely,

Jeffery S. Haase, Superintendent

Otsego Public Schools

Otsego COVID Liaison

Jamielynne Commissaris

jcommissaris@otsegops.org

269-694-7902