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The first day of school is Monday, August 24, 2020.   
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GARAWAY DISTRICT NEWS

Garaway Return to School Information Updated 8/4/20

At this time Garaway plans a return to school beginning August 24, 2020, full instruction, 5 days per week.  Please read the following documents for details:
 
August 15 is the deadline for current Garaway students to enroll into Garaway Virtual Academy.  Contact:  Mr. Zobel (330) 852-4699 (8/4/20)
 
 
 
Ohio Mask Order
The latest Ohio Department of Health Order issued a mandate for facial coverings in Ohio for everyone 10 years old and above.  While this order is in place, we are asking all students age 10 and above to wear a facial covering when they are unable to social distance from people.  If teachers are able to create a distanced environment in their classroom, then facial coverings will not be required.  We remain committed to create a distanced environment to the best of our ability.  We acknowledge the varying perspectives on facial coverings, especially for our youngest learners, and will work hard to balance the desires of our community while following the mandates from the Ohio Health Department.

 

Garaway Activity and Facility Use Update as of 6/16/20

Garaway Schools is excited to announce the next phase of our return: Athletic Skills Training.  All of our student athletes and coaches have begun skills training, including weight training, agility and conditioning.  This was authorized by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.  Unlike other businesses, schools are still closed by the current order from the state of Ohio.  We are enthusiastic to start operations our governor and local health directors permit.  We are following NFHS, OHSAA and Tuscarawas Department of Health directions for our athletic skills sessions.  Those directions include thorough cleaning protocols.  While teams are allowed to train, tournaments, games, competitions  and scrimmages for contact sports are still prohibited. The governor's office has not yet made a decision as to when competitions will be allowed.
 
Beginning June 5, 2020, the Garaway Stadium is open per Tuscarawas County Health Dept. guidelines. It will be closed to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m. or anytime there is practice or workouts.  For use of local fields and parks, please check with your respective municipality.  Anyone interested in using a Garaway field is welcome to contact our Athletic Director, camicone@garaway.org, for a facility use form.
 
 *We will try our best to keep this updated; however, there will be times when something comes up due to weather or scheduling conflicts. Thank you for your understanding.

Assistance Programs - Updated 5/12/20

The Power Pack Program will continue to have packages for pick up at the Baltic Zion UCC church from 3-6 p.m. on Thursdays.  There will be bags out for you to pick-up limiting personal contact.  If you are from the Baltic area and cannot make those times please call Tim at 330-897-4411. 
 
Pirate Power Backpack Summer program will be starting soon. If you wish to participate you will need to call UCC In Sugarcreek at 330-852-2632. The pickup dates will be June 11, July 9, and Aug. 6, from 5:00-6:00 pm. We will need to know your name and the number of children in your home.
 
Grace and The Branch churches are partnering with Garaway Local Schools to provide dinners for our families in need during this unique time.  The frozen meals can be picked up at Grace Church in Sugarcreek each Thursday evening from 5 until 6 p.m.  Families will not need to get out of their vehicles, they will simply need to show up, get their meal, and come back again next week.  

Spectrum is offering free internet for those families that do not have service.  Families should call 1-844-488-8395.  This is a line set up specifically for Spectrum to handle the no internet situations for students/families.
 
Blessings Boxes are located at Ragersville Elmementary, Baltic Elementatry, and the High School by the garage of the east side of the building.  Please feel free to take what you need.  This is also an opportunity for those looking to donate to help keep the box stocked with nonperrishables, feel free to leave items.
 
Pirate Strong Meal Distribution will continue to distribute meals on Fridays (May 1, 8, 15, and 22).  There are 5 Breakfast and 5 Lunches provided.  See the Pirate Strong Meal Distribution article for more information.

Love INC works with multiple churches who have freezer meals that can be distributed as well as other resources.  You may call them at 330.473.6017. Visit their website:  https://www.loveincofghc.org/contact-us.html

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Garaway School Meal Distribution Pirate Strong Updated 5/22/20

The Garaway Child Nutrition department will be distributing meals to families on Friday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 between 11 AM - 1 PM at the Fairview Ave. access to Garaway High School.  Children will receive 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals on each day. There will be perishable food so make sure you get it to refrigeration as soon as possible. 


In an effort to provide plenty of variety there will be some cooking or reheating of product.  Cooking instructions will be provided for any items that are not ready to eat. In order to keep exposure to a minimum during this time we ask that you bring a paper with the child's name and school listed.  If there are children under the age of 5 and are not in school yet you may also add them to the list and they will be provided 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals as well.


With the mandated closings of so many businesses we also want to offer you the opportunity to fill out a meal application form because you could possibly qualify for free or reduced meals at this time.  You can fill out the application online at www.payschoolscentral.com or pick up a printed application on the day of pickup. You can complete an application while waiting for your food.


Thank you for your patience in this matter as we learn how much to prepare.  We will also continue to post other sources of help on our website and social media.

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Computer Students Distance Learning

Continued Distance Learning Through the End of this Academic Year

4/22/20 - With the updated mandate by Governor Dewine, Ohio Schools will not return to their physical buildings for the rest of this academic year.  Garaway Schools will continue to provide work, teacher communication, and interactions for students through our online platforms for those who are able to access it.  For families that cannot get online, we will have printed packets. Principals will communicate where and when packets will be available as well as the best way to get your students personal items back to them.  Planning continues for student recognitions and end of the year awards, keep checking back for details as they become available.

School Work at Home

*Updated 3/27/20*

Click the links below to access a list of activities and/or instructions provided by teachers.

Garaway 7-12 Recommended Activities 

Dundee Elementary Recommended Activities Updated 3/27/20

Miller Ave. Elementary Recommended Activities Updated 3/27/20 

Baltic Elementary Recommended Activities Updated 3/24/20 

Ragersville Elementary Recommended Activities 

 

Grades K to 8: should complete at least two iReady lessons per week per subject as well as any suggestions provided by teachers on our website.

 

For grades 9-12 our teachers are using Schoology and Google Classroom for assignments.  Please check often. Also, assignments and suggestions can be found on our website.

 

If you are not capable of working online, please call the Central Office (330) 852-2421 ext. 2 with the name of your student as well as their address for hard copies of work. We will make copies of take home packets and have them mailed. Please, understand that if you have online capabilities, we ask that you do not request mailings so as not to overload our capability to serve.
 
Agile Networks

Free Internet in the Ragersville Area

We have been contacted by Agile Networks and they are offering help (at no cost) to families in the Ragersville area that do not have Internet.  They have a tower that utilizes wireless radios to deliver internet service which gives enhanced capabilities in rural areas when compared to the hardline providers.  If you would like to look into this solution, you can contact Ryan Ramsey of Agile networks at: Phone – 888-494-0549 extension 1002 and Email rramsey@agilenetworks.com

COVID 19

Full Message From All Call Regarding School Closure

In keeping with advice and recommendations regarding COVID-19 from Governor DeWine, the Tuscarawas County Health Department, and the Ohio Department of Health, Garaway Schools will be closing for a minimum of the state mandated 3 weeks starting tomorrow, March 13. This includes all after school events and out of district trips until further notice. This means we will not have any activities in our school buildings during this time period. Teachers will do their best to provide remote learning for our students while our buildings are closed. We will provide updates as they come available. Information will also be posted on our website. These are precautionary measures and we appreciate your cooperation.

School Safety Dog Arrives at Garaway Schools

At Garaway Schools, the safety of each and every child within this community is our district's highest priority.  We are continually examining safety measures for our school district and looking for ways to improve. At our September 16 Board Meeting, the Board unanimously agreed to a contract for a school safety dog. Local tax dollars were not needed to fund this safety improvement. Our safety dog, Sailor, arrived on Monday, January 27. 


The Garaway School safety dog is different from a working police dog.  It will be trained to interact with students and provide a calming, therapeutic component in addition to its other duties. The dog, which will be trained and provided by Skool Dogs Inc. will be able to detect weapons and ammunition wherever it is stationed.  It will be able to detect gunfire much quicker than a human. Additionally, it will be trained to go after an intruder with a weapon in the case of an emergency. We believe a dog provides the fastest possible response to an active threat.


Skool Dogs Inc. has nearly 100 years in law enforcement, corrections, military, and private security experience with more than 50 of those years handling and training canine teams. They train differently for schools because their dogs are trained through play and taught to be friendly with students. This addition represents a unique measure that demonstrates our love and care for our students because we will do whatever it takes to protect them on a daily basis.


Garaway School Safety Official, Jason Wallick, will be the dog handler.  Both Mr. Wallick and the dog have completed thorough training. Skool Dogs will continue to provide training and will be helping Sailor with his transition to our schools.  We have future assemblies planned for students and upcoming demonstrations within our buildings. This is another proactive approach to school safety and security for Garaway Schools.


School Safety Dog

At the Garaway Local Board of Education Meeting held on September 16, the Board unanimously agreed to a contract for a school safety dog. Local tax dollars were not needed to fund this safety improvement. 


The Garaway School safety dog will be very different from a working police dog.  It will be trained to interact with students and provide a calming, therapeutic component in addition to its other duties. The dog, which will be trained and provided by Skool Dogs Inc., will be able to detect weapons and ammunition wherever it is stationed.  It will be able to detect gunfire much quicker than a human. Additionally, it will be trained to go after an intruder with a weapon in the case of an emergency.


Skool Dogs Inc., has nearly 100 years in law enforcement, corrections, military, and private security experience with more than 50 of those years handling and training canine teams. They train differently for schools because their dogs are trained through play and taught to be friendly with students.


Jason Wallick will be the dog handler. The dog identified for Garaway Schools is beginning it’s thorough training process and is expected to arrive in January. Skool Dogs uses a patent pending specialized canine training program that responds to the sound of gunfire and engages a shooter. Certified Skool Dogs are social, kid friendly, and integrated into any school culture seamlessly. They are a proactive approach to school safety and security.


The safety of everyone within the Garaway community is our district's highest priority.  We are continually examining and adding safety measures for our school district and looking for ways to improve. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call my office. ~Dr. Millet, Superintendant

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