Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - September 11, 2020

Calendar 2020-2021

September 18 - PTO Pajama Day

September 29 - PTO Restaurant Night, Chipotle in BG, 4pm

October 12 - NO SCHOOL

October 20 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 1

October 21 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 2

October 21 - End of 1st Quarter

October 27 - Picture Retake Day for Elementary Students

October 30 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

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COVID-19 District Dashboard

PTO Restaurant Night at Chipotle

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Communication & COVID-19

We want to stress the importance of keeping an open line of communication between families and school. This is especially true in regards to the health and welfare of our students, parents, and families as well as our teachers and staff.

  1. Please contact our school nurse, Jane Gray, directly at (419) 823.4381 ext.4002 to report any COVID related symptoms, questions, and/or concerns related to quarantine, and/or isolation.
  2. If your student or a family member experiences any COVID -19 related symptoms or has been in contact with anyone who has symptoms, please call Jane Gray.
  3. This is the time where it is imperative we remain honest in reporting any symptoms a student or family member may be experiencing.
  4. If you aren’t sure it is necessary to report, please call, we can help you through decision-making on how and where to proceed.
  5. If a student comes to school and tells a staff member that someone at home has COVID-19, or is sick at home. We must take a student’s word seriously regardless of age. In such a situation, calls will be made to those parents/guardians to clarify this information. It is our job to look out for the best interest of our staff and students.


Missing School


  1. Students will not be punished for missing school because of illness.
  2. Make-up work can be provided.
  3. We realize that in the past we have discouraged students from missing school due to minor symptoms of a cough or sore throat, but unfortunately, we cannot take the chance of infecting others.
  4. The symptoms of COVID – 19 are so vast that we need to act cautiously. Health is our number one priority.


We are all in this together. The staff at Otsego Schools will remain open and honest with all of you and expect the same in return. This is the only way we can get through this is to work together for the good of everyone in the community.


Jane Gray

jgray@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 4002

Being Quarantined

What it means to be Quarantined...


*A person being quarantined does NOT mean they have COVID. This is being done as a precautionary step in accordance with health guidelines. They may never become sick.

**We will only quarantine students and or staff when we know they have been in contact inside of 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes with a confirmed COVID case.

***A student and or staff member that come into contact with a person that was in contact with a confirmed COVID case does NOT need to be quarantined. This is considered a secondary contact. A quarantine will only happen if you were in contact inside of 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes with a confirmed COVID case.

Quarantining/Isolation Rules

Quarantine Rules for Students: Quarantine occurs when a student has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.



If a student has been in close contact with another individual that tests positives 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 individual that tests positive can be anyone. It can be a co-worker, family member, or a fellow student. This is where the communication mentioned on the first page is extremely important. We need to know if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


For example, a fellow student tests positive for COVID-19. Otsego Administration will start the contact tracing steps. It was determined that your child was within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of the student that tested positive. We will directly contact the parents of the student(s)who will have to quarantine. The quarantine will start the day after last contact with the student who tested positive. Let’s say the last contact was on September 1st. The 1st day of quarantine would be September 2nd and the student can come back to school on September 16th. The student will be treated as being absent from school for illness and be able to make up the work missed.


Isolation Rules for Students: Isolation occurs when a student tests positive for COVID-19.


If a student tests positive for COVID-19 they are to isolate at home for 10 days since symptoms first appeared. The student may return when the following occurs:


  1. 10 days since symptoms began
  2. No fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  3. COVID-19 symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.


For example, a student tests positive for COVID-19 and they get their results back on September 6th. Their symptoms started on September 4th. The first day of isolation would be September 5th. The student may return to school on September 15th if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and the symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours.


Contact Tracing Information:

When we conduct contact tracing through multiple means. We will start with all of our seating charts in classrooms and the bus and ask if they are involved in any extracurricular activities. We will also be directly communicating with the student to get 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 appeared on Wednesday, September 2nd, we will contact trace and determine if any individual had close contact (within 6ft for more than 15 minutes) on August 31st or September 1st.


We need to remember that the beginning of the school year brings sickness every year. Not every student’s illness is COVID-19. We always recommend communicating with our school nurse, Jane Gray, and contacting your medical provider to discuss your child’s symptoms.

We will be following a mandate from the Governor’s office and be posting our student and staff data on our website and in the Superintendent’s Weekly Update.


Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding.

Otsego Athletics Golf Outing

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School Fees

Fees will be $50 for All Kindergarten-5th grade students this school year. Notices will be sent home in the next few weeks. You can either send a check (made payable to Otsego BOE) in with your student(s) or you can stop in the office with cash or credit card to pay. If you are on free lunches, yearly fees are waived.


If you have a Start of Year balance on your notice that means fees are owed from previous years and the total amount due will reflect that balance. Please contact the office with any questions regarding fees.

Dont Forget to Sign up for Conferences

Please select a time to conference with your child's teacher. More details will be released at a later date, but these conferences will likely be virtual. The link to sign up is here:


https://forms.gle/nzJQdHkVQUSQ8cSh7

Lunch Menu

Please see below for the lunch menu.

Elementary Student lunches are $2.85.

Reduced Price is $0.40

Milk is $0.30


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


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our new Food Service Director, Emily Bires at 419-823-4381 ext. 1104 or ebires@otsegoknights.org

Transportation Information

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.

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.


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

OES Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

Morning Drop-Off


*Due to COVID, please do not allow your students to congregate in front of the building before school starts. Ideally, they should wait with you in the car until the bell rings. If this is not possible, they need to wait on one of the social distancing markers that are located on the sidewalk area. This will ensure all students waiting to enter the building are 6 feet apart. Additionally, no students will be permitted to wait in the vestibule, in between the front doors and the doors to enter the building, to ensure social distancing is maintained before students are allowed in the building when the bell rings.


  1. Please use the entire length of the drop off zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can exit at a time. This will make drop-off go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Students should only be let out on the side of the car that is next to the curb. This is to avoid students being hit by a moving car in the lane farther away from the curb. If your student needs to get out on that side of the car, please park in a parking spot and have your student walk into the building using the crosswalk.

  3. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are dropping a student off, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  4. The second lane is for driving only. No students should be let out of the car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be exiting cars onto the sidewalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  5. Please remember to NOT park your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get students into the school in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the drop-off line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces.


Afternoon Pick-Up


*Due to COVID, please do not wait for students by the front doors. Parents should remain in their cars. If you see your student come out of the building, you can walk towards them, or stand by your car. We want to keep everyone safe, therefore no parents will be permitted to wait by the front doors for their student.


  1. Please use the entire length of the pick-up zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can get into their vehicles. This will make pick-up go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are picking a student up, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  3. The second lane is for driving only. No students should get into their car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be entering cars from the sidewalk or by using the crosswalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  4. Please remember to NOT park and leave your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get vehicles out of the pick-up zone in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces. If you are parked while you are waiting for your student (and you are IN the car), that is fine.

  5. Students must be picked up by 3:35pm. At 3:35pm, students will be taken to Otsego Extended Care at the cost of the parent/guardian (unless previous arrangements have been made).



THANK YOU so much for your understanding and compliance with these procedures to ensure our students’ safety. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katrina Baughman, Elementary Principal.

Extended Care Information

We are able to operate at normal ratios for the start of the school year. So, if you are interested in using Extended Care during the 2020-2021 school year for before and/or after school care, please visit the website listed here:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=382480&type=d&pREC_ID=868128


All of the registration materials are available on this website. If you are unable to print the forms, hard copies are available in the Elementary Office.


A few things to remember:

1. Students must be at least 5 years old to attend Extended Care.

2. A $10 deposit is required for all families, and must be turned in before using the program.

3. A packet needs to be filled out for each student every year (paperwork expires each year on June 1st). So, if you did not use the program this summer, you need to fill out a packet for each of your children that will be using the program.

4. All parts of the packet must be filled out completely before a student can start using the program.


If you have any billing or registration questions or concerns, please contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@otsegoknights.org

Preschool Openings for this Year

We DO have a few preschool spots still available for this school year. Spots are open for our 2 day or 4 day programs. Days would be Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday-Friday. Please contact the office at 419-823-4381, option 1 as soon as possible if you would like to register your child for preschool for the 2020-2021 school year.

19-20 Yearbooks Still Available

We do have a few extras for sale if you missed out on ordering one. The cost is $17 per book, cash or checks made out to "Otsego BOE". You can send money in with your student or stop in the office to purchase. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Chromebook Request Form

In case we go to a blended/hybrid model at some point during the school year, we would like to have a list of students who DO NOT need a Chromebook sent home.


Please fill out this form if you DO NOT NEED a device sent home for online assignments. If you have a unique scenario or have further questions, please contact Jessica Martinez (jmartinez@otsegoknights.org).


https://forms.gle/ZBjUqS83BfdjciWXA

Community Events

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Keep Scanning Those Box Tops!

You can now just scan your receipt and our school will earn money! Please see the information below regarding the new Box Top App and Procedures for the 2019-2020 School Year!


There are two types of Box Tops this year - electronic (must scan your receipt with the new app to get the money to the school), and the original Box Tops (can cut them out and send them in with your student!)

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Kindergarten: @OtsegoK

1st Grade: @OtsegoFirst

2nd Grade: @OtsegoGrade2

3rd Grade: @OtsegoGrade3

4th Grade: @OtsegoGrade4

5th Grade: @OtsegoGrade5

School Counselor: @OEScounselor

Principal: @kbaughman723

Assistant Principal: @buchman_becky

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

Heard a rumor or have a question?

Please send me an e-mail or give me a call!

Kirsten Martinez

School Counselor

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer