HIAWASSEE, Ga.- Towns County Board of Education revised its 100% Tobacco-Free School policy to include prohibiting vapor, hemp, and cannabis products on campus. All forms of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and E-cigarettes, along with items depicting or promoting tobacco use, were previously banned from Towns County Schools, and the former measures remain in effect. Students, employees, and visitors are subject to adherring to the “24 hours per day, 7 days per week” anywhere-on-campus policy.
Added to the existing policy is the following clause:
“This prohibition shall include: unlawful use, cultivation,manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic substance, being under the influence of any controlled drug, narcotic substance, or any mind-altering substance or intoxicant (legal or illegal) specifically including any product with cannabidiod (CBD), whether hemp or cannabis and regardless of the amount of THC in the product or the extent to which it is legal or illegal under state law,” the revised edition reads.
School district employees who violate the policy are subject to reprimand, suspension with or without pay, or termination. Student violators will be subject to disciplinary action under the school’s code of conduct provisions. Vistors will be reminded of the policy in a “tactful and courteous manner” and will be asked to adhere to the policy.
“This will be on the agenda for approval at the September 3rd meeting,” Secretary to the Superintendent Paula Whitehead said.
2019 – 2020
Towns County Schools Calendar
Teacher Pre-Planning – August 7 – 14, 2019
Open House – August 13, 2019
First Day of School – August 15, 2019
Labor Day Holiday – September 2, 2019
Progress Reports – September 18, 2019
End of 1st Nine Weeks (42 Days) October 15, 2019
Teacher Work Day – October 17, 2019
Fall Break – October 18, 2019
Progress Reports – October 23, 2019
Progress Reports – November 20, 2019
Thanksgiving Holidays – November 25 – 29, 2019
End of 2nd Nine Weeks (43 Days) – December 20, 2019
End of 1st Sem./Early Release (85 Days) December 20, 2019
Christmas Holidays – Dec. 23 – Jan 2, 2020
Teacher Work Day – January 3, 2020
Students Return – January 6, 2020
MLK Day – January 20, 2020
Progress Reports – February 5, 2020
Teacher Work Day – February 17, 2020
End of 3rd 9 Weeks (46 Days) March 11, 2020
Progress Reports – March 18, 2020
Spring Break – April 6 – 10, 2020
Progress Reports – April 22, 2020
End of 4th Nine Weeks (46 Days) May 22, 2020
End of 2nd Sem./Early Release (92 Days) May 22, 2020
Graduation – May 22, 2020
Memorial Day – May 25, 2020
Teacher Post-Planning – May 26-29, 2020
Dr. Berrong plans to provide a personal tour of the renovated campus to Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw, Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales, and Young Harris Mayor Andrea Gibby on the mornng of Aug. 1.
Towns County Schools will be closed Tuesday, January 29 in anticipation of snow accumulation and black ice in the early morning hours. Students will receive assignments in their google classroom and will be given credit for an online learning day upon completion of those assignments.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County High School was awarded a grant by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in the amount of $6,181 for the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club. Towns County Schools received the GOHS grant for the fourth consecutive year. In 2016, Towns County was awarded a grant in excess of $20,000 to purchase a vehicle for the school’s Driver’s Education Program.
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers,” Towns County Schools Federal Programs Director Roy Perren explained, “This grant will help provide students with the education and decision making skills needed to avoid tragedy. Along with our Driver’s Education Program, this grant will help prepare young drivers in Towns county to be safer when they get behind the wheel.”
The current grant runs through June 30, 2019, and will be applied toward bringing a guest speaker to advise local high school students on making wise decisions, especially while driving a vehicle, to send students to the National SADD Conference, and for supplies for the SADD Club.
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Barney’s Tap & Grill has offered to donate 10% of menu sales to the Towns County Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious meal for a great cause.
Barney’s Tap & Grill is located at 147 South Main St. in Hiawassee.
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