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Graduation Ceremony Live Stream

2021 Honors Night Recipients

2021 Honor's Night Recipeints

Congratulations to all the 8th grade honors night recipients.
 Please click link below to view our slide show.

Shepherd Live Events

Shepherd Rams Sports

Covid Protocols

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



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]

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IDPH Guidelines

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We wanted to bring to your attention again the most updated IDPH exclusion guidance for students who are reporting COVID like symptoms. If your student is presenting with ANY of the following symptoms: 

Fever (100.4°F or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, congestion or runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue, or muscle or body aches. 

Your student should be kept home from school. In addition, all other siblings/household members must stay home as well.

The ILL STUDENT can come back to school when one of the 3 options below is completed. 

  1. You can provide the school documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result.

  2. You can provide the school documentation of a Healthcare Provider’s note with an alternative diagnosis. 

  3. The student stays home at least 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms AND for 24 hours with no fever (without fever reducing medication) AND improvement of symptoms. Upon a student completing this latter, the parent will write a note to the school documenting both improved symptoms and that the student is fever free. 

The SIBLINGS/HOUSEHOLD members can return and come out of quarantine when an alternative diagnosis is made or negative COVID-19 test result is received for the ILL student. If documentation of an alternative diagnosis or a negative test result is NOT received the SIBLINGS/HOUSEHOLD members are to be out for 14 days from the last date of exposure to the ILL student. 

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3. Click on "I'm a customer"

4. Sign in or click on: "create an account with your Kroger Savings Card"

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SMS Admin

Gary Windy

 Email| Principal

Kara Rutherford

  Email | Dean of Students 

Contact Information

Shepherd Middle School
701 East McKinley Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
Fax 815-433-9447
Lori Sanders Secretary
815-434-7925 ext. 5003
Kimberly Kammerer Secretary
815-434-7925 ext 5004