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Garaway COVID-19 Dashboard 9/28/20

2020 Homecoming Court Announced

The 2020 Homecoming Queen will be crowned at the football game on Friday, October 2. 

Freshman - Faith Head
Sophomore - Kenadi Yoder
Junior - Caya Zinck

Senior Attendants and Queen Candidates
Lauren Goehring
Chole Hershberger
Lizzie Mullet
Heather Smith

All Call Information 9/17/20

You will be receiving a mailing in the next few days regarding the Blended Learning model.  We hope we do not need to implement this option but wanted to make sure we had our groups determined before such instruction would be needed.  Again this is for informational purposes IF we would need to go into the Blended Learning model.

Also the Garaway Child Nutrition Department is excited to let you know that the USDA has extended a suite of nationwide waivers for agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program during this unprecedented time.  These waivers will allow us to serve breakfast and lunch to every child at no cost through December 19, 2020.  These waivers would also allow us to serve meals during school closure days and to students that are doing remote learning.  

We have activated that allows families to order their meals ahead of time so we have plenty of food on-site to fulfill your meal needs.  Information is also included in this mailing that explains the process of pre-ordering your meals.  You can order up to one month at a time and we ask that you order at least two days prior to meal service so the schools can have enough food on site.  If your child is learning remotely with GVA you can pick up lunch along with breakfast for the next day.  

We are asking for your patience as we navigate participation numbers.  There may be times when the menu served is not exactly as written on the calendar due to food shortages.

We are still accepting free and reduced lunch applications.  This not only helps our state and federal school funding but will also identify anyone who is eligible for pandemic relief EBT benefits.  This includes GVA students.  If you are GVA, please complete an application on or call the Central Office for a paper application.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Ohio Face Covering Mandate

Will my child have to wear a face covering all day at school?
     We are doing our best to create opportunities at school that don't require a face covering.  These opportunities will be within the guidelines of our current health order.
      Students will not be required to wear masks when eating and at recess.  Also students will not have to face coverings when distanced.  We will try to offer frequent mask breaks throughout the day. We are also encouraging teachers to utilize outdoor classes when the weather is nice.
What will the school do to manage the heat and facial coverings?
     We will make every effort to make our students and staff comfortable in this new environment.   Since we are prepared for remote learning opportunities, we will have "Remote Learning Days" when the heat index is predicted to make our buildings uncomfortable for learning and facial coverings.  On those days, we will either have an early release or we will cancel in-person classes for the day.

Garaway Return to School Information

Please check each individual item as to the date it was posted or last updated.

Ohio Mask Order
Per the Governor's address on August 4, 2020, masks are required for teachers and students K-12. (8/7/20)
First day of school August 24, 2020, full instruction, 5 days per week.  Please read the following documents for details:  (7/20/20)
Bus Information:  Students will wear a mask during the bus ride.  Seats will be filled from the back of the bus to the front.  Buses will be disinfected between routes.  Parents may transport their students to school to help with social distancing. (8/14/20)


August 15 is the deadline for current Garaway students to enroll into Garaway Virtual Academy.  Contact:  Mr. Zobel (330) 852-4699 (8/4/20)

Fall Assistance Programs

ProVia Prepare for Success 2020 September 26, 2020, from 8 - 11 a.m.

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,, 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.

*2020/2021 School Calendar*

Click here to view the 2020-2021 School Calendar.  The calendar remains the same with the only change being the first day of school has been moved from the 19th of August to the 24th of August.

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School Closings and Delays

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.

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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, 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.

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