Ottawa Elementary District Office
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District News


Support Service Staff Day- Friday, May 7th 


Please see the attached informational letter
Be sure to visit the following link: Virtual Art Show Link

Message to Families


At the April 20th Board meeting, the Board of Education approved the extension of the school day. Beginning April 26th through May 28th, Ottawa Elementary Schools will be extending the school days while including lunch. 

In our K-6 buildings on M, T, Th, F dismissal will be at 1:45 PM. 

Shepherd Middle School on M, T, Th, F will dismiss at 2:30 PM.  

On Wednesdays, we will maintain half days. K-6 will dismiss at 11:30 AM; 7&8 will dismiss at 12:10 PM

Lunch will be served following IDPH guidelines. The following precautions will be taken at each school. 

  • Students will be 6 feet apart on all sides while eating

  • Students spaced out 3 feet apart while waiting in lunch line

  • Desks/table and chairs will be sanitized in between lunches

  • Hand sanitizer will be stationed in areas where lunch is served

  • Additional custodial support during the school day to assist with cleaning

  • Elimination of shared condiment stations

Board Meeting

Special Board Meeting, Monday, April 26, 2021

Lunch Order Form for Remote Learners

Lunch Order Form for Remote Learners

Please click on the link below to order school lunches
 for any remote learners.
**One form needs to be submitted for each student order**

COVID-19 Updates


April 29, 2021    
To Shepherd's letter click on the following link

April 27, 2021    
To Lincoln's letter click on the following link

April 22, 2021    
To Lincoln's letter click on the following link

April 21, 2021    
To Lincoln's letter click on the following link

Ottawa Elementary Families- Please remember to continue to check your child’s temperature and screen for COVID like symptoms prior to sending your child to school or the bus stop. Please check your child for a fever of 100.4 or higher, congestion, runny nose, headache, stomach ache, new loss of taste or smell,  nausea, fatigue, muscle or body aches.  
If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please contact us and keep your child home from school.

Nurse Contacts


Abbey Niewinski

815-434-1250 Ext. 3005  

[email protected]   


Gina Hogan

815-434-0726 Ext. 2005 

[email protected] 


Angela Doermann

815-434-7925 Ext. 5005 

[email protected]



Samantha Alvarado

815-433-3761 Ext. 1005

[email protected]



Rachel Bressner

815-433-1907 Ext. 4005

[email protected]

The teachers and other staff members at Ottawa Elementary are very excited to have students back on Wednesday.   However, we want to make sure that families understand the new IDPH requirements that were most recently updated on August 13th.   Students will be required to go home more quickly, with less serious symptoms, than in previous years.   If a student goes home sick with known COVID-19 symptoms, the school district is now required to send home all the other children who live in that household.  A doctor’s note would need to be obtained documenting an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test result, otherwise the children in that household would not be able to return for up to 14 days (the initial sick student could return in 10 days).  If your child is currently experiencing allergies, or other possible symptoms of COVID-19, please consider contacting your local physician to obtain the documentation that will be required for school.  For more information, please see the full IDPH document:
How many symptoms does a person need to have to be considered suspect COVID-19?
Students and staff exhibiting one or more COVID-like symptoms should be immediately isolated, and evaluated. Schools should evaluate each student/staff to determine if this symptom is new or if it is part of an existing condition for this student/staff
If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., runny nose, fever, diarrhea, etc.), must all their siblings/household members be sent home as well and quarantined for 14 calendar days?
Yes, if one of the household members is being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until an alternative diagnosis is made or negative result received. If the sick student becomes a confirmed case (i.e., tests positive for COVID-19) or a probable case (i.e., has COVID-like symptoms and is epidemiologically linked to known case), the local health department (LHD) conducting contact tracing will place household contacts, including siblings, in quarantine for 14 calendar days. The health department also will provide guidance on how to safely quarantine and isolated within the household.

Return to Learn and FAQ  please see link for information updated 8/6/2020.

District Events

Mon May 10 2021
Special Board Meeting
Tue May 18 2021
May Board Meeting

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