News & Announcements

Schools closed for students/10 month staff on Jan 18

Swain County Schools will be closed for all students and 10 month staff on Tuesday, January 18. This will be a No Day and moved to the end of the year. 11 and 12 month employees should consult the following link

Updated StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit

DHHS has updated guidance based on CDC requirements. This guidance changes how long and under what conditions staff and students need to be excluded from school because they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19 (isolation and quarantine).

Board of Education Meeting

The Swain County Board of Education will have their regular monthly meeting, Monday, January 10, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in the Swain County Administration Building, 50 Main Street, 3rd Floor Auditorium, Bryson City, NC 28713.

There will also be a public hearing for the revised Swain County School Board’s policy 4060, Native American Policy and Procedures for 2022-2023 prior to the meeting starting at 5:45 p.m.

The meeting will be broadcast on the school system YouTubelink at Maroon Devil Network To submit a public comment go to:

No School 1/7/2022

Due to the strong probability of black ice in the morning, and to overcome staffing shortages created by COVID-19, there will be no school for Students Friday, January 7th.

It will be an optional teacher workday for staff. Thank you for your understanding.

Native American Policies & Procedures Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing - Board Policy 4060, Native American Policies and Procedures, is being reviewed and updated for the 2022-2023 school year. We solicit the community's input during this review process at Our current policy is linked on our website. There will be a public hearing to discuss this policy on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 5:45 pm at the County Administration Board Room located at 50 Main Street, Bryson City, on the third floor. If you have any questions or comments, you may complete the feedback form on our website.

Free COVID-19 Testing Site

Swain County Health Department in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to be able to offer expanded no-cost COVID-19 virus testing capacity as part of a partnership between the state of North Carolina and OptumServe. This new community testing site builds on North Carolina’s ongoing work to increase access to testing and slow viral spread in key locations and reduce the burden on public and private local healthcare providers.

Rapid and PCR Testing will begin on October 1, 2021 in Swain County at the Swain County Recreation Center (old Pepsi building) ), 30 Recreation Park Drive Bryson City NC 28713. This testing site will be open Tuesdays from 8am to 2pm and Fridays from 11am to 6 pm (subject to change based on need and availability). Anyone can be tested, with or without symptoms, including those who have no insurance, undocumented and homeless individuals. While walk-ins are accepted, we encourage residents to register and schedule an appointment at or call (877)562-4850. Curbside testing will be available for those who are unable to leave their vehicle.

Native American Policies & Procedures

Swain County Schools strives to provide Native American children of school age equal access to all programs, services, and activities offered within the Swain County School District.  Please click on the article for more information.
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