Due to inclement weather conditions, we may have to cancel school or run on a two hour delay schedule. Many people have questions about this process.
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, 2020.
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.