Thank You Principals
Garfield County School District is fortunate to have an excellent group of building principals that manage our schools, students, and teachers. Some represent our historical knowledge of the system, some bring in understanding they have learned from other areas and experiences, while some represent what the interests and commonality of being from Garfield County is all about.
Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed a declaration, declaring October 17-21, 2016, as “Principals Week” in Utah. Please take time this week to mention to your child’s principal how much their contribution to your children’s education is appreciated.
I would like to thank each of them for the contribution they make to our children and building staff. Their hours are spent making sure our buildings are cared for and ready for the educational duties of the day. Also my thanks for their caring attitude towards the learning process and the students’ wellbeing both on and off our campus locations. It is a great feeling coming to work each day knowing that our principals are out and about making sure our students continually progress in becoming responsible citizens of Garfield County.
- Parent Category: District
Public Announcement Special Education Records
As required by federal regulations, Garfield County School District is hereby providing notice that all student Special Education files (including IEP’s, student evaluation data, eligibility determinations, written notices, and written consent forms) for students born in 1996 or before, will be destroyed after October 31, 2016.
If you had a child or were a student born in 1996 or before, who was identified as a student with a disability and would like to secure those special education records, please contact the GCSD office at (435) 676-8821 before October 31, 2016.
Garfield County School District Expands the Classroom through Technology
The leadership and staff of Garfield County have determined that the next steps in improving education involve sending the devices that we currently use in our classrooms home with our students so that they can gain even more experience with technology based learning. In our industry this is sometimes called 1:1; meaning that each student has their own device. We are excited to introduce this new opportunity to our students and improve learning in Garfield County.
This program will be rolled out to all students in grades 4 -12 at all schools in the district. This means that all students in grades 4-12 will have the option of receiving a Chromebook laptop computer for their education needs. While the students are not obligated to take the computers, parents should be aware that future programming, textbooks and testing will begin to be available in a digital format and having a Chromebook will help them have access to these tools not just at school but also anywhere they take their devices.
The past couple of years, teachers have utilized the Chromebooks in their classrooms and have been preparing your student for digital success. We will be providing additional professional development for our teachers to help them strategically expand learning beyond the classroom through this technology.
All computers will continue to be the property of the district and will be provided to those students wishing to participate provided replacement insurance is procured. Those parents wishing to bypass the mandatory insurance are free to purchase their own similar products and be fully compatible with the new district plan.
Please watch for additional information throughout the summer.
- Parent Category: District
New Superintendent of Schools Announced
The Garfield School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of a new superintendent to replace Ben Dalton who has accepted the position of superintendent in Kane County School District. Tracy Davis will begin on. He is currently serving in Beaver School District as the district director of the following programs: Assessment, Secondary Schools, Title III Director, CTE Director, Technology, Student Services, Adult Education and Distance Learning. In the past he has served as a vice-principal and has taught the 6th grade, and math, science and computer science courses. Mr. Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in physical science, computer science and mathematics from Southern Utah University, and a Master’s degree in secondary education, and administrative certificate from Utah State University in middle and secondary education. He comes to Garfield highly recommended by coworkers, supervisors, and past students. He is married to Verlaine, and they have four children. Mr. Davis has a wide variety of interests including music, home renovation and he currently owns three successful technology firms.
Board President Ken Platt, “We welcome Mr. Davis to the Garfield School District and look forward to working with him.”
FY 2016-17 Budgets
The Revised FY 2016 and FY2017 Budget has been posted at the link below.
- Parent Category: District
Safe UT Crisis & Tipline Services
We are happy to announce the implementation of the SafeUT Crisis & Tipline Services. SafeUT is a new tool designed to provide confidential two-way communication with SafeUT crisis counselors or school staff through the SafeUT Mobile App or Web.
The SafeUT CrisisLine provides 24/7 crisis intervention and emotional support in any type of crisis. Students can call the Crisis Line and speak directly to a crisis counselor or start a CrisisChat through the mobile app or web.
Students can also send non-crisis tips to school officials regarding topics such as bullying, cyberbullying, gang activity, drug & alcohol activity, and more. All tips are completely anonymous.
SafeUT helps to provide students with a safe and secure school environment and it provides our school administration with the communication and management tools needed to help and mange on campus situations.
Students will receive training on how to use the SafeUT Crisis & Tipline Services by their school administrators. The SafeUT Mobile App is available in the Apple and Google Play stores. Search “SafeUT”.
The links below are for web browser access to send or follow up on a tip.
Office 365 is now available for GCSD Students and Teachers
We are pleased to officially announce that Office 365 Professional Plus is ready for our students (age 13 and older) and teachers to use on their home computers. Our licensing allows students and teachers to create accounts on Office365.com and use the web versions of the Office Applications along with installing copies of Office Professional Plus on up to five compatible PC, MAC, iPhone, iPAD, and Android devices. Click the link below to view a video with instructions on setting up your account and running the installer on your PC.
We have worked hard to bring this benefit to you and hope that it will enhance the educational opportunities for GCSD students.
GCSD Technology Department
Jason Eyre - IT Director
2016-17 School Calendar
The district calendar for the 2016-17 school year has been approved. You can access it at this link.
Garfield Online School
Click here to learn more about Garfield School District’s online learning program.
GCSD Student Enrollment Data