News & Announcements

Free & Reduced Meals Applications

The Swain County School Nutrition Program is accepting free and reduced meal applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please go to to fill out the meal application electronically.  Filling out the meal application may also make you eligible for future P-EBT benefits, so we encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible.  If you are currently receiving food stamp benefits other than P-EBT or have children at Swain West Elementary only, you do not have to fill out the application because you are automatically eligible.  For questions or to receive a paper copy of the application please call 828-488-3129 ext. 5139 or email [email protected]

Kindergarten Registration is Open Online!

Kindergarten Registration is open online! Please click "Read Full Story" for links to register your 2020-2021 Kindergarten student. There are also links to a virtual tour of East Elementary, a FAQ document and to submit your questions.

Board of Education Meeting

The Swain County Board of Education Meeting will have their regular meeting, Monday, May 11, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the Swain County Administration Building, 50 MainStreet, 3rd Floor Auditorium, Bryson City, NC 28713

Important Notification - Free & Reduced Meal Information

This is an important message regarding free and reduced-price school meals, household applications, and P-EBT benefits. If you have a student currently enrolled in Swain County Public Schools and have had a change in income due to COVID-19, which may make you eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, please submit a new application at or contact the School Nutrition Department at 828-488-3129 ext. 5126 or 5139 for a paper application or if you have questions. Students enrolled at West Swain Elementary School (because it is a CEP school) or those currently receiving FNS (Food Stamp) benefits do not have to submit an application to receive P-EBT benefits.

Closure of school buildings continue

This afternoon, Governor Cooper continued the closure of all school buildings for person-to-person instruction for the remainder of the scheduled school year. This is following Thursday’s extension of the Stay Home-Stay Safe declaration until May 8. While many expected the closure to continue, the finality of Governor Cooper’s statement is disappointing to all of us for several reasons.

We regret that our students will not be able to be with friends in traditional settings of classrooms and athletic events this school year. We are equally disappointed our students and staff will not be able to work together in person until the 2020-21 school year begins. However, we are most saddened by the loss our high school seniors have experienced since March 13. It is our hope to help ease their loss as we attempt to finish the school year honoring their accomplishments in everyway possible within the limitations of the current government restrictions of the day.

We can be comforted at some level in that our students will still be interacting with their teachers on a weekly basis as we continue remote learning. It is also encouraging that only the school buildings are closed for students for the remainder of the school year allowing us to continue food distribution every weekday. Many families are struggling to provide for daily needs due to the economic changes of the past weeks. We are honored to help overcome this by providing breakfast and lunch for all our students. If you have not been receiving this help, please let us know by calling the central office at 488-3480 or your son/daughters’ school to setup delivery.

We also offer to our seniors and their families the assurance that Swain County Schools will work diligently to provide a time of celebration to be remembered as the class of 2020 moves from this stage of life to wherever their paths lead. Please know, the schoolboard and staff of Swain County Schools as well as the community are proud of you as men and women.

To our community, please be prepared for our school system to reach out for help as we honor the class that has endured what no other group of seniors have ever experienced in the history of the school system. And please stay in touch with us through social media as we continue to make announcements about current educational changes when they come to us from Raleigh. The coming days will bring many changes for the next two months, this summer, and the 2020-21 school year. We will do our best to keep you informed as our teams develop plans for the future of our students.

Remember, Instructional support will still be in session through remote learning on Monday for those who can participate. Please continue to help our students participate with their teachers. This will help buffer the loss everyone is feeling today. Thank you for supporting Swain County Schools. Thank you for being part of #swainfamily.

New School Calendar Posted

Please review the latest school calendar. Spring Break has been redistributed across several weeks instead of just one week.

New K-5 learning program!

New K-5 learning program! It has individual instruction in math/reading for fun, to grow & make up missing skills.

In order for children to receive appropriate instruction, they MUST do the assessment entirely on their own. This means no help with any words, sounds, clues, etc. should be given by parents. The program will eventually give your child things that are too hard! It is very important for your child to work on their own even if they get it wrong in order for the program to know what your child needs to learn. Please contact Cheryl Saavedra via her email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Board of Education Meeting

Swain County Board of Education will have their regular board meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6PM in the Swain County Administration Building, 50 Main Street, 2nd Floor Room 223, Bryson City, NC 28713. Appropriate social distancing and mass gathering limits will be observed. The meeting will be broadcast on YouTube Live at

Local Businesses are making connectivity possible for many of our students!

Skywave ( has hooked up several access points throughout the community in order for students to have access to complete online assignments. Zito Media has joined in and hooked up Internet service to the Alarka Fire Department. Zito Media is also offering a special of two months free Internet for low income families. For more information, call Zito at 800-365-6988 or email at [email protected] Check out all of our community access locations at
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