OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS

Superintendent's Weekly Update - August 21st

Otsego Community -


I hope everyone had a safe and healthy week.


School starts Monday! We are excited to start the school year! Previous emails and restart information can be found by CLICKING HERE


We must continue to work together for our students! This year is going to be different. Our classrooms, lessons, and environment will not be what we are used to


Important Items:


- Self assess your students before they get on the bus or get dropped off


- Make sure your child has a mask before they get on the bus or enter the buildings.


- Please make sure you have updated phone numbers in PowerSchool and you answer the school's number when we call. I would add 419-823-4381 in your contacts. We are hoping this doesn't happen but we may have to call you after hours for quarantine purposes.


- If we do have to call you and talk quarantine rules, it is important that we all follow the rules for the safety of the community. It is our job to keep the community spread low as it is currently.


- We can only control what we are doing on campus. Its up to all of us what we do outside of school hours. Please continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks outside of the school. This will give us the best chance to have a prolonged school year on campus!



Self Assessing Symptoms - This is very important this year. If your student is sick, please do not send them to school. We will be using the following flow chart this year. Please review this flow chart HERE


Parents need to conduct a wellness check every morning.


  • Conduct a student wellness check including temperature prior to sending a student to school. Students with temperatures at or over 100°F (not controlled by medication) must stay home.


  • Provide a mask for your student to wear daily.


Transportation:


Online Bus Route Information - https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=OLSD3GH6PNQOH

This site will identify the schools assigned to your residential address, as well as a bus number, designated stop, pick-up and drop-off time.


Pick-up and Drop-off

· Please ensure your child is at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled time to ensure they are there when the bus arrives.

· Pick-up and drop-off times may need to be adjusted during the beginning weeks of school and will become more consistent for the remainder of the year.

· Times posted on this site reflect the expected time the bus should depart during good weather.

· Inclement weather or traffic congestion may cause the route to run later than the posted time.

· The school bus is on a tight schedule so that we can deliver students to all school levels on time.


Instructions for Navigating this Site:

1. No student information is available on Infofinder I.

2. Enter your street address (including house number). This is the only required field. You might need to add a hyphen in the street name (ex. Long-Judson Rd.).

3. Click on the Search button.

4. Click your street address / zip code from the list of Address Matches.

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If you cannot find your student's information please contact the Transportation Department at 419-823-4381, Option 5 or evasher@otsegoknights.org



Food Service:


Menus: CLICK HERE


Free and Reduced Application - please CLICK HERE to apply for a free and reduced waiver.


Normally we collect lunch money at back to school days and this helps a lot for the first couple of weeks. Please send money with your children on the first day of school or add money to their accounts online. Online instructions can be found HERE


Masks:


Reminder- Masks are mandated on campus. Please be prepared to send a mask with each of your students every day. We will have extras on our buses and in the office. We will provide an Otsego Mask for every student. They will get it on the first day. The mask policy is both an Otsego Policy and a State of Ohio mandate.



Spectators at Athletic Events


The State of Ohio issued guidance and mandates for our athletic programs this week. We are working through all of the restrictions and determining our capacities for soccer, football, and volleyball. Coaches and Mr. Dubler will communicate with parents and students on the number of tickets that they will be allowed to have. Unfortunately, the events will be limited to the parents/families that are participating in the event.


We are limited to 15% of our capacity and spectators will be REQUIRED to have a mask on inside and out. It is not ideal but we have to remember it is out our student-athletes and giving them a chance to compete. We will live stream all events that we can for everyone else to watch. Links will be emailed/tweeted out and will always be accessible at www.otsegoknights.org


It is going to be very important that all parent spectators follow all of the guidelines that we share with you next week. Everyone will have to have a mask and social distance by 6ft. We will have very strict seating arrangements for our venues. The State of Ohio is hiring people to audit venues to make sure everyone is following the rules and they will shut our events down if we aren't following the rules. Masking and distancing are non-negotiables at the events. Each school will have compliance officers at the events making sure the rules are being followed. Again, this gives our athletes a chance to play, so please do not jeopardize their opportunity because of spectator misconduct. We are all in this together!


Go Knights!


Adam

MASK FUNDRAISERS

HS Student Council Mask Fundraisers:


Great News!! We have ONE LAST ROUND of mask fundraising!


White mask preorders close August 30th (Adult Only)— please note this is the THIRD run of these masks, and will be available for pickup in September.


https://www.bonfire.com/store/otsego-hs-student-council--mask-fundraiser/


Black mask preorders close September 4th (Adult and Child)


https://otsegofacemask2.itemorder.com/



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!

Athletics

COMMUNITY EVENTS SECTION

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.

Orange Crush Baseball Tryouts for 2021

13U Tryouts.


Crush Boy’s Baseball is holding tryouts for 13U baseball teams for the 2021 spring season. Tryouts are a 2 day event August 25th and 26th from 630p.m. to 8p.m., at the Haskins baseball fields.


Crush Boy’s Baseball is looking for players from the Otsego School district or surrounding areas, who are ages 12 and 13 years old (the players age on May 1, 2021 determines the players eligible age. Players may turn 14 after May 1st and still be eligible).


The number of teams will be determined by the number of players interested in playing. Teams will consist of 11 or 12 players.


If interested in tryouts email crushbaseballotsego@gmail.com


Email child's name, DOB and provide a contact name and number.


Any questions can be directed to crushbaseballotsego@gmail.com.


Watch for any updates or changes on tryouts on Facebook @OtsegoCrushBaseball

9U Tryouts.


Crush Boy’s Baseball is holding tryouts for 9U baseball teams for the 2021 spring season. Tryouts are a 1 day event August 24th from 630p.m. to 8p.m., at the Haskins baseball fields.


Crush Boy’s Baseball is looking for players from the Otsego School district or surrounding areas, who are ages 8 and 9 years old (the players age on May 1, 2021 determines the players eligible age. Players may turn 10 after May 1st and still be eligible).


The number of teams will be determined by the number of players interested in playing. Teams will consist of 11 or 12 players.


If interested in tryouts email crushbaseballotsego@gmail.com


Email child's name, DOB and provide a contact name and number.


Any questions can be directed to crushbaseballotsego@gmail.com.


Watch for any updates or changes on tryouts on Facebook @OtsegoCrushBaseball

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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

SPONSORS

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
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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

Food Service Inquiries - Contact Adam Koch - akoch@otsegoknights.org