Otsego Public Schools Share RETURN-TO-SCHOOL PLAN for Fall 2020

Otsego Public Schools Announce Plans for Fall 2020

Otsego Public Schools released a 2020-2021 RETURN -TO -SCHOOL PLAN, making it one of the first districts in the Kalamazoo area to announce plans for the upcoming school year.

In their letter and accompanying Facebook video, Otsego Public Schools let their families know they are offering a Hybrid Learning Plan for the upcoming school year. The first day of school this fall will vary, depending upon student’s “team.”

Blue teams will start August 24, 2020 and Gold teams on August 25, 2020. Teams will work as follows:

Currently, our region is in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start plan. In this current phase, Otsego Public Schools will begin the year with a Hybrid Learning Plan. This means our students will be broken into two groups – blue and gold – and each attend in-person classes two days a week, and remote classes three days a week. Blue will begin school on Monday, August 24th; Gold will begin on Tuesday, August 25th. Blue attends school in person on Mondays and Thursdays; Gold attends school in person on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students with virtual intervention opportunities for those needing extra help. The two groups will be set by August 7th. Students in the same household will be in the same group.

Back to School • COVID Reopening Plan

Families Can Choose Hybrid Learning or 100% Virtual Instruction

Otsego Public Schools developed its Return-to-School plan around family choice.

Learning options available to families will vary with the current phase of our region reopening, which is in line with the 6-phase Return to School reopening plan from the State of Michigan.

Remote learning must take place if a region is in Phases 1, 2, or 3.

In-person learning is a possibility, with precautions and safety measures, in Phases 4, 5, and 6.

Virtual options are available for all Otsego families:

For families with additional health concerns, or those not yet comfortable in sending kids back to school in person, there will be an all-virtual learning option, Virtual Academy Allegan County. Students will join this online learning opportunity as Otsego students. More information will be forthcoming.

Otsego Public Schools Plan

School Resumes: August 24, 2020 (Blue)  or August 25, 2020 (Gold)

Hybrid Plan Highlights: 

  • 2 Days In-Person/3 Days Virtual
  • In-Person: Monday/Thursday (Blue Team) or Tuesday/Friday (Gold Team)
  • Students in the same household will be on the same team
  • Teams assigned August 7

Virtual Learning Plan Highlights:

  • Parents can select 100% virtual instruction through the VACC (Virtual Academy Allegan County)
  • Students will remain Otsego Public School students

Chromebooks are Available

Secondary students will use their district-issued Chromebooks both at school and at home. Elementary students can use a computer at home or get their Chromebook when school resumes in August.

More technology concerns (including internet access) are addressed here.

More Information

Otsego Public Schools is keeping parents updated on both their website and social media: