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Upcoming Events


· August 20th-First day of school for all students

· August 26th-Last day to apply for Student Aide at HS.

· September 19th-Alumni  Tailgating

· October 3rd-WTOL-Big Board Friday-Otsego vs. Rossford







High School Office Information

High School Telephone Number - 419-823-4381 Option 2 for high school
High School Fax Number- 419-823-1397

Otsego High School

18505 Tontogany Creek Road
Tontogany, Ohio 43565
P.O. Box 290

Office Staff

Kevin O'Shea, Principal 419-823-4381 ext.92105

Betsy Roberts, Administrative Assistant, EMIS Secretary ext.92100

Jane Gray, District Records/Transcripts Secretary, ext. 92102,(please allow 48 hrs. for any record request)

Joyce Harnishfeger, HS Athletic Director ext.92106

Jennifer Clark, 10-12 Counselor, Penta Counselor ext.92143

David Fryling, 9th grade Counselor ext.93006

Deputy Greg Johns, Student Resource Officer ext. 92099

Jen Mag, Certified Athletic Trainer ext. 92111



Regular Schedule    
Time                                    Period                           Description
7:30                                                                         Breakfast End  
7:35                                                                         Warning Bell  
7:39-8:25                             1st Period (46)  
8:28-9:11                             2nd Period (43)  
9:14-9:57                             3rd Period (43)  
10:00-10:43                          4th Period (43)  
10:46-11:29                          5th Period (43)  
11:32-12:02                          6thA Lunch(30)               6th per. lunch
11:32-12:15                          6thB Period(43)              6th per. Class
12:05-12:48                          7thA Period(43)              7th per. Class
12:18-12:48                          7thB Lunch (30)              7th per. Lunch
12:51-1:34                            8th Period (43)  
1:37-2:20                              9th Period (43)  

2 Hour Delay    
Time                                    Period                            Description
9:35                                                                            Warning Bell  
9:39-10:10                           1st Period (31)  
10:13-10:41                          2nd Period (28)  
10:44-11:11                          3rd Period (28)  
11:14-11:41                          4th Period (28)  
11:44-12:14                          5th Period (30)  
12:17-12:47                          6thAPeriod (30)                 6th per. Class
                                           6thB Lunch (30)                6th per. lunch 
12:50 -1:20                           7th A Period  (30)             7th per. Class
                                           7th B Lunch (30)               7th per. Lunch 
1:23-1:50                             8th Period (27)  
1:53-2:20                             9th Period (27)  

Principal's Message

Hello and Welcome to Otsego High School!


Celebrate Student Leaders

I recently read an article published in a national association of secondary school principals newsletter about developing and celebrating student leadership. In fact, National Student Leadership Week takes place April 13-19. I want to use this platform to encourage everyone in our community to recognize and celebrate our student leaders. Let’s honor student leaders for the work they do and recognize the skills and interests they are developing. They are truly modeling effective citizenship for their peers and demonstrating for us all the value of responsibility and caring.

Otsego has many avenues for students to take on leadership roles both in and outside the classroom. I see students step up each and every day to serve as positive role models and leaders on their teams and in their clubs and organizations. We currently have three organizations that I would like to highlight as exceptional and known for developing active student leaders outside of athletics.

1. Student Council provides a wonderful opportunity for students to get involved and be active participants in school wide decision making. It fosters collaboration, communication, and planning. Student Council is also responsible for putting on dances and managing class funds. (Advisor: Megan Pierce)

2. National Honor Society is another club that fosters and develops leadership through service learning projects both in the school and in the community. Students in NHS are also held to high academic and personal standards. The organization helps to develop and maintain strong character and work ethic. (Advisors: Julie Danko; Cheryl Jones)

3.  FFA – Future Farmers of America develops excellent public speaking skills in our student leaders. Furthermore, the group organizes, plans, and conducts events both in and outside the school as well as execute various community service projects.  (Advisor: Debbie Ayers)

These three organizations implement a mentor leadership approach to life and function under the idea that it is better to serve than to be served.

Programs like these and the many others that we have are extremely important because they help engage students and they contribute to their academic achievement as well as a positive school climate. As a result they help to produce graduates who are college and career ready.

Lastly, I am proud to announce a new organization being introduced next year at the High School called “Knight Link Crew.” This is a national program and we are excited to introduce it here. The program will be aimed at using upperclassmen student leaders as mentors for all the new/incoming students at the high school. These groups of incoming students will be assigned a group of mentors and will meet regularly to discuss their transition into the school, academics, and social aspects of High School. They will be responsible for developing and implementing service projects as well. It will be aimed at making Otsego High School a place where all students feel valued. It will require outstanding student leaders and hopes to be a program that really helps the climate at the high school. 


Kevin O'Shea, Principal

Student Sick Day Info

How to Handle School Sick Days

Deciding to keep your child home from school is no easy decision. Use this guide to help determine if your child should take a sick day from school, as well as what to expect.

School Sick Days

During flu season, parents do their best to keep kids healthy, but sometimes even the most vigilant preventive measures can’t stand up to the flu.

Preventing the spread of flu in schools is critical to keeping everyone as healthy as possible. Healthcare professionals recommend that sick children stay home until they're recovered enough to go back to school, typically about 24 hours after symptoms improve. This helps not only to protect the child's health, but also to prevent the spread of the virus to other children.

Determining whether your child is well enough to go to school can be tricky. Consider the following signs as you make your decision.


If your child has a temperature of 99.5 degrees F or more, it's best to keep him or her home. A fever is a sign that the body is fighting off infection, which means your child is vulnerable, and can also spread the virus to others. Wait at least 24 hours after the fever has come down and stabilized without medication to consider sending your child back to school.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are good reasons for your child to stay home. These symptoms are too difficult to deal with at school, and are signs that the child is still capable of spreading the infection. Wait at least 24 hours after the last episode before considering a return to school.


If your little one is falling asleep at the table or acting particularly fatigued, he or she is unlikely to benefit from sitting in class all day. Make sure your child stays hydrated and let him or her rest.

Persistent Cough or Sore Throat

A persistent cough is likely to be disruptive in class, and is one of the primary ways of spreading a flu infection. If your child has a severe sore throat and a regular or persistent cough, keep him or her home until the cough is nearly gone or easily controlled.

Red, Runny Eyes or Rashes

Red, runny eyes can distract a child from learning and can be difficult to manage in class. A rash can be a sign of another infection, or a reaction to the flu virus. Keep your child home until these symptoms clear up, or until you've checked with the doctor about them.

Appearance and Attitude

Does your child look pale or tired? Does he or she act irritable or seem disinterested in regular daily activities? Are you having a hard time getting your child to eat anything? These are all signs that more recovery time is needed at home.


Earaches, bellyaches, headaches, body aches, mouth sores, and other types of pain are signals that your child is still in the middle of the flu period. He or she will be contagious to other children and won’t gain anything from being in school. Keep your child home until the pain has disappeared.


How to Manage a Sick Day

If you decide that your child definitely needs to stay home, you may face many additional challenges. Do you have to take a sick day? If you're a stay-at-home mom, how can you balance caring for your other kids when one child is sick?

Talk to Your Employer Ahead of Time

Discuss possibilities with your employer as flu season approaches. For example, ask about working from home and attending meetings over the phone or the Internet. Make sure you have the equipment you need at home: a computer, high-speed Internet connection, fax machine, and printer may make it easier for you to manage at-home work tasks.

Ask About Your Options

Can you take a day without using up your sick time? Find out how many sick days you have so you can balance your time off. Can you buy extra sick days, for instance, if you need them? Also, consider trading off at-home duties with your spouse if you both work.

Have a Back-Up Plan

Do you have a family member or friend who would be willing to stay with your child? Is there a childcare provider who could safely watch your child without having to subject other children to the virus?

Prepare Supplies

Designate a shelf or cupboard to over-the-counter medications, vapor rubs, extra tissues, and antibacterial wipes so you're ready for flu season. Keeping these items in one place can also help if you have someone coming to your house to care for your child.

Be Diligent About Hand-Washing

Try to keep your sick child away from those who are well, without isolating him or her. Teach well children to stay at least six feet away from the sick child, and to wash their hands frequently. Make sure everyone drinks plenty of fluids and gets plenty of rest.

When It's Safe to Send Your Child Back to School

It may be easier to determine when your child is too sick to go to school than to make the call about when he or she is ready to go back. Sending your child back too soon can delay his or her recovery and subject other children to the virus as well.

Below are some guidelines that may help.

No Fever

Once the fever has been controlled for over 24 hours without medication, the child is usually safe to return to school—as long he or she isn't suffering from other, more serious symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or a persistent cough.


The student may return to school: after taking medication your doctor prescribed for a minimum of 24 hours as long as they don't have a fever or other serious symptoms

Attitude and Appearance Improve

If the child looks and acts like he or she is feeling much better or is starting to act restless at home, he or she is safe for school.

Only a Runny Nose

If your child is experiencing only a runny nose and mild or no symptoms, he or she is probably ready to return to school. Just be sure to provide tissues and remind him or her about not spreading germs. Provide your child’s teacher with over-the-counter medications to help control the remaining symptoms.

Parental Intuition

You know your child best. Does he or she look too miserable to go to school? Is your child happy to curl up in a chair with a blanket, or is he or she bouncing around and playing? Trust your intuition to make the best decision.


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