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To all district parents:

As we hit the halfway point of the first semester of the school year, I would like to touch base with all of you regarding the latest COVID numbers for the district. I also want to remind everyone of the district’s COVID protocols, and our contact tracing procedures. As was stated in the joint letter sent out by all of the county school districts in August, we ask that you please understand that the protocols and procedures described are subject to change. If the last 18 months have taught us anything, it is that the situation we are in can change rapidly, and we need to be ready to adjust as the circumstances change. If you go to the district website, those protocols and procedures are listed for you to review.

As of today the Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District currently has four staff/students who are currently under quarantine as a contact, and one staff/student who is currently quarantined due to a positive test. This is based on the latest information we have received from the Putnam County Health Department. The overall county numbers are very low, and the countywide update we received last Friday, showed a total of 8 children in the county between the ages of 5-18 who are currently positive cases. Thankfully our numbers have continued to be relatively low and stable through the first 3-4 weeks of school.

Ottawa-Glandorf schools will continue our practice of recommending face coverings (masks) for staff, K-12 students and visitors, but we are not requiring masks in the classroom at this time. The ODH guidelines state that students unmasked must be separated by 6 ft. to not be a close contact. The Putnam County Health Department has told us they will assume all students are unmasked unless they hear otherwise from the parent. The PC Health Department has also asked us to let parents know the main contact method will be via email if there is a need to discuss contact tracing or quarantine orders from the health department.

If a student or staff member tests positive and the district needs to work through contact tracing, we will notify all parents in the appropriate grade, class, and/or building through an email or Remind notification informing parents they may be contacted by the health department if their child is considered a close contact. The school district will not make this determination, but we will provide the health department with seating charts, team rosters, and club rosters.

We would like to remind parents to please not send your child to school if they have a fever of 100.5 or above or have symptoms of COVID. While we understand the importance of attending school, you as parents and guardians are the first line of defense. If students with symptoms stay home, we help reduce the chances of other students and staff needing to quarantine as a result of being considered a close contact.

Finally, I would like to thank our parents, staff, and students for all of the hard work, patience, and understanding you have shown as we all have worked through all of the challenges associated with this pandemic. It has been wonderful having everyone back in school five days per week without a mask mandate, and having parents, grandparents, friends, and family back at our extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

Don Horstman