OTTAWA — Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Putnam County, Ottawa-Glandorf schools will be going to a hybrid model beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27.
According to Don Horstman, superintendent of Ottawa-Glandorf schools, a total of 41 students are out due to contact tracing and two positive cases. Four staff members are out with three positive cases.
“The number of students and staff being affected by contact tracing and/or positive cases have led us to the decision to implement our hybrid plan,” Horstman wrote in a message on the district’s website to staff, students and parents. “Every student will be in school at least two days per week, with some students having an opportunity to attend on Wednesday if needed.
“We are also planning to have some special needs and at-risk students attend four days per week with an option for Wednesday in certain cases. All of the Putnam County ESC unit students will attend school every day once we start our Hybrid model next Tuesday. Also, Titan Tikes Preschool will also operate on their normal schedule starting next Tuesday.”
The school district will continue to operate under the hybrid model until at least Friday, Nov. 13.
Because of the switch, this Friday and next Monday will be days off for students while staff undergoes training and professional development.
“No one is happy about this decision but we need to make a change to ensure the safety of our staff and students and to ensure we have adequate staffing available. We also want to let parents and staff know as far in advance as possible so everyone can make arrangements and plan accordingly,” Horstman stated.