Otsego Public Schools has a high standard for cleanliness and safety and remain committed to upholding these standards while increasing protocols with intensive cleaning practices. We will provide you with health and safety information here in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staying healthy at School:
Our team is following strict cleaning practices daily to sanitize classrooms and commons areas.
Students will be encouraged to wash hands more frequently.
Classrooms will set up to keep students physically distanced.
Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in all classrooms, building entrances and throughout different areas of our school buildings to promote good hygiene practices.
Signage will be placed in our buildings to promote good hygiene, hand-washing practices, directional traffic flow and entry and exit doors.
Plexiglass barriers will be installed in offices to keep visitors and employees safe in these high-traffic areas.
Visitors will be limited, but will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry into the office if they will be in other parts of the building.
Staff, students, and visitors who test positive for COVID-19, or those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, must stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to campus until they have been cleared by their health professional.
Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 at school will be immediately separated from other students and sent home.
If any student or staff member at a school tests positive for COVID-19, the district will work with the local health department and follow its quarantine guidance and potential closure of a school.
Communicating a Positive COVID-19 Case:
The district, in collaboration with Allegan or Kalamazoo County Health Department, will only communicate confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a school building, student event/activity, or district-sponsored function.
Notification of confirmed cases will be shared via email to parents and guardians.
Names of those impacted (whether it is a student, employee, district approved volunteer, or guest/spectator) will not be shared.
All contact tracing will be handled confidentially by the County Health Department. In an effort to protect student and employee privacy rights, we respectfully encourage all (district) families not to spread rumors or false information. The health and safety of everyone is important and trust that we will work as a community to support each other as we face this pandemic together.
Remember, if your child is sick, do not send them to school. If you, your student or a member of your family has COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your health professional.
COVID-19 health and safety recommendations:
Wash your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.