This page will serve as a resource for any information related to the COVID-19 situation. It will be updated daily as we receive information. 

Our Early Childhood Team knows that technology may not be the ideal method to connect with our youngest learners, HOWEVER we also know how powerful it is for them to see people and things that are familiar to them, during these uncertain times.  So while there are lots of options out there for on-line early learning, we invite you to join our LOCAL Early Childhood team for chances to sing and play, with familiar faces they know and love.  Our team will also be reaching out to you in other ways too, but we wanted to get these videos "in your hands" now to help provide some immediate support.

Check out their Youtube Channel at: 

Food, financial assistance available during pandemic

Minnesota makes it easier to get and use essential programs

Minnesotans who are struggling to feed themselves and their families or make ends meet should know that help is available and accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporarily modified procedures to make it easier for people to get, keep and use essential programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which offers monthly food benefits.

Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the department’s new food emergency webpage. People who use SNAP and don’t want to leave their homes to get food can authorize a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick up and deliver groceries using their electronic benefits card. They must contact their county or tribal financial worker to make the authorization.

Using her emergency authority to waive and modify procedures during the peacetime emergency declared by Governor Tim Walz, Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead has approved these temporary changes to other economic assistance programs:

  • Eliminating paperwork, in-person meetings and other requirements that would be difficult or impossible to meet under social distancing restrictions, for economic assistance programs including the Minnesota Family Investment Program, General Assistance, Housing Support and Minnesota Supplemental Aid

  • Ensuring that people who receive assistance don’t have to repay overpayments caused by worker or system errors.

“We want people to have the nutrition and other help they need to stay healthy during this time of upheaval,” Harpstead said. “We encourage anyone who has experienced a sudden loss of income to find out if they are eligible for SNAP and other economic assistance programs.”

Minnesotans can fill out an application for SNAP online at For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.

The Minnesota Family Investment Program serves more than 29,000 families each month. MFIP provides temporary income support and employment services to families with children experiencing poverty, with Medical Assistance and child care assistance available to most families.

Temporary changes affecting MFIP include:

  • Modifying requirements so that participants won’t face sanctions if they can’t attend meetings or submit paperwork

  • Ensuring that participants experiencing family violence won’t have to be put in potentially dangerous situations, such as face-to-face meetings with an abusive partner

Executive Order 20-12, signed by Governor Walz on March 20, 2020, allows the Department of Human Services to temporarily waive or modify state requirements to ensure that services can be delivered safely and without undue delay, protecting vulnerable Minnesotans and those who care for them. The agency serves more than 1 million Minnesotans through health care programs, economic assistance programs and other programs and services.

4/8 Update

​Just a reminder that there will be no school Thursday the 9th, Friday the 10th or Monday the 13th. This also means there is no daycare, meals or assignment/class instruction provided on those days. 


Grades 3 through 12 instructors will have uniform office hours from 8 to 3 daily, this will begin on Tuesday the 14th. You may of course still contact them after those hours, but they may not respond until the next working day. While this is new to everyone, and we are all still learning,  we still need students to complete their assignments and complete them on time.  Some of the teachers are having difficulty in reaching some of the students and parents, so please continue to be in contact with your teachers.  Thank you all for helping to make this work. Remember to do your daily check ins. 

We have a limited number of devices left, so if your family needs an additional one, we will have distribution from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday the 15th. It will again be a drive through distribution at the commons doors. If you absolutely cannot make that time but need a device, please contact the school.


Enjoy your time off!

3/30 Update

​Good afternoon Swanville families and welcome to day 1 of distance learning across the state. We hope by now all students in grades 3 through 12 have checked in with either their homeroom teacher in grades 3 through 6 or your second hour teacher in grades 7 through 12. Just a reminder you will need to do that daily when school is in session. If you are having any issues, please contact your teacher or the main office and we will do our best to help. 


Some updates on events. Prom has been postponed on the April 18th date. We are looking at May 16th as a possible new date, depending on what happens with orders from the government. Please know if this would also be postponed that we will still try and make prom happen. The senior class trip is a wait and see, as is the Lions Senior Honor Banquet. As of now, graduation is still slated for May 22nd at 8 p.m. 

Easter break is still on for Thursday April 9th, Friday April 10th and Monday April 13th. We will not provide the following services on those days: meal delivery, daycare, classroom instruction.

3/27 Update

Happy Friday!


Today (3/27) we have Pre-K-2nd work packet pickup from XXX and Device pickup for 3-12 as a drive through service at the Commons doors! If you are not able to get your packet today, it will be delivered via the bus driver on Monday, 2 hours later than the regular bus pickup. If you are not able to get your device today, please contact your teacher for coordination.


Distance Learning starts MONDAY! Remember, this is just like school in the building,  you need to attend and complete work! Lets make it a great month!


Enjoy your weekend!

3/26 Update

Hi Families,
This will be lengthy update with a lot of important information… please read through to the end.
Effective Monday March 30th, all students Pre-K-12 with be in session with Distance Learning, which will include required attendance. Distance Learning is NOT optional, but required.

Pre-k-2 can pick up their work packets tomorrow from 7 to 9:30 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. using a drive up option at the Commons doors. If the packet is not picked up Friday, it will be delivered Monday morning 2 hours later than the normal bus pickup time.
GRADES 3-12 are REQUIRED TO CHECK IN FOR ATTENDANCE DAILY BY NOON STARTING ON MONDAY 3/30. We recommend that kids have a computer device (not just a mobile phone) for school work. If you did not pickup a device for your child(ren) and still need one there will be pick up tomorrow 3/27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Commons doors using drive up.
Distance Learning is run just like the live classroom in that students will receive Pass/Fail status in grades K-8 and High School students will receive letter grades for each class.
The success of our students is very important to us, and we vow to our families to provide the tools and assistance to be successful. We ask that you as parents, support and encourage your child through this, knowing that we are here for questions and concerns!

Enjoy our Story Corner today and post those Unity in our Community Photos!​

3/25 Update

Good afternoon Swanville Families:


We have completed our District distance learning plan. The learning plan can be accessed at our school website,

We want everyone to know that this is a new process, things will come up and it will not be perfect from the start. We ask that you be patient with us as we work through the kinks to come and that if you have questions, please contact your student’s teacher, or  administrators Gene or Sheryl.  


Device pickup is TONIGHT 3/25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Students in grades 3 through 12 are eligible to receive a device if needed, one per every two students. If you have a device to use at home, we ask that you use that. Device pickup will be done as a drive through at the commons door. Please pull up, let us know what grades your students are in and we will bring the device to you. Do not get out of your car. You will be asked to sign a document and sent off with the document & device.

There will be a pick-up time for Pre K, K, 1st and 2nd grade to pick up your child’s Distance Learning Packets from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 2:00 p.m. THIS  Friday, March 27 by the common’s doors. Stay in your vehicle, staff will bring your supplies to you. 

If you do not pick up your packets on Friday by 2:00 p.m., they will be delivered on Monday by bus routes. If you don’t ride a bus, please come and pick up your packets this Friday. 


In grades 3-12, IF you have materials to pick-up, you will be notified by your teacher.​


Keep your distance, stay safe and healthy! 

3/24 Update

0ur staff continues to work hard at completing our Distract Distance Learning plan. We will be posting our plan by tomorrow at noon.  We want everyone to know that this is a new process, things will come up and it will not be perfect from the start. We ask that you be patient with us as we work through the kinks to come and that if you have questions, please contact your student’s teacher, or  administrators Gene or Sheryl.  
Meals are going well, reminder to Contact Deb Hollerman if you have changes/want to sign up.


If your family needs a computing device, we will be giving out devices tomorrow, Wednesday March 25th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the commons. We will only allow 5 people in at a time. Please only send one person per family for pick up of devices. You will be required to sign a waiver at the time of pick up. We do not have enough devices to send out to each of our families. We will limit to one device per every two children. If you already have a device in your home that your student(s) can use, please consider this. Students in grades PK through 2 will not need a device. 
Lastly, the FUN stuff! Our story corner is going well, be sure to share with your kids, and share on your Facebook page for other children to enjoy too! Today is Bulldog Spirit day, we have started a post with some pictures, add a comment with your children/family to spread some cheer! Tomorrow is Patriot Pride Day. 

Have a great Tuesday!​

3/23 Update

Happy Monday Swanville Families!


We hope you enjoyed your weekend! Quick update today, we are still working on our distance learning plan and will be communicating the final plan to all when it is ready, this will be posted on our school website. Our meal delivery is going well, if anyone still needs to enroll please contact Deb Hollermann.


Keep watching our page for our Story Corner reader and other fun posts to share with your student! We are having a spirit week beginning tomorrow. Tomorrow will be Bulldog clothing, Wednesday Patriot clothing and Thursday Unity in the Community clothing. We will be posting pictures on our Facebook page of staff and encourage you to send pictures of your students with their clothing in the comments portion. 


Stay Healthy!

3/20 Update

​Swanville Families,

Happy Friday! What a week this has been! Just a quick update today! We are working diligently on our distance learning plan and are happy to say it is coming along nicely! If you are not enrolled in meals but need to, please contact Deb Hollermann.
We are happy to see the great response to Mr. Harthan’s video, please also see the page for Ms. Amanda’s video to the young kiddos and stay tuned for the Staff story later today!
Be sure to “Like” our page and share it with other families so we can all stay up to date on communication.
As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns! Lastly, THANK YOU to each and everyone of you parents, students, staff, administration, board and community members for working through Week ONE! #swanvillestrong
Enjoy your weekend!

3/19 Update

Swanville Families-

We want you all to know we are learning so much throughout this process, it is new to everyone. There was literally HOURS notice of the closure of our schools and we couldn’t be more proud of our Staff, Administration, Students and Community for working together to get through this. We are confident that by having a distance learning plan in place, should it be utilized soon, we will also be prepared in our future to utilize distance learning for snow days et cetera. This will benefit us all in the long run!

Quick Reminders:
If you still need to enroll your child in meals please do so using this link:

Communicate any changes to existing meal requests to Deb Hollermann by 1pm daily
There is NO instruction from the school through March 27th.
We will communicate the distance learning plan with all as soon as it is in place, with instructions on what to do.

We will be posting a daily “Story Time” video, featuring our staff or administration. Please share with your child to ensure them we are safe, and missing them!

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

3/18 Update

Swanville Families,

This will be a lengthy message. We realize you may be getting an email, call from Infinite Campus and also seeing the communication via social media and our website, this is to ensure everyone receives communication.

Another lengthy update, but we want to keep everyone informed of the evolving plans in response to COVID-19. Below are important updates regarding Meals, Distance Learning and Communication.

Student Meals:
Students enrolled in the Meal program will receive a cold breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, with a weekly commitment. This service is FREE to all Pre-K to 12 Students.

Distribution options are pickup at Swanville School Kitchen Loading Dock on the North side of the building between 7-7:30 am Monday- Friday. You will get the breakfast and lunch for that day, or delivered to your home via a bus driver. The bus driver will coordinate the time and method. Someone from your family may need to meet the bus at their designated pickup, leave a cooler by mailbox, etc. The time will be very close to 2 hours later than the normal bus pickup time. You will get the lunch and following day breakfast.

If you previously declined meals but now would like meals, please use this survey link, to provide how many students you have that want/need meals and your preference of pickup vs drop off. Any CHANGES to your meal program enrollment, examples no longer needed, not home that day, etc. must be communicated by 1pm the day prior to the change to Deb Hollermann. We do ask that the distribution method not change, if you opt for pickup we ask that you remain with that option, or delivery remain with delivery. If we do not hear from you by 1pm on Friday of the current week, we will assume you are enrolled for the following week. Contact for the Student Meal Program is: Deb Hollermann at 320-547-5112 or 

Distance Learning/Instruction:
Reminder that during the current ordered closure of March 18th-March 27th there will be NO instruction. The only exception to this is students that had work assigned prior to 3/16 that is due. The last day of this quarter is Friday March 20th.
The district is working on our distance learning plan and currently there is NOTHING that Parents or Students need to do to prepare for that. We will be communicating any changes to that as they come. If it comes to distance learning, your child’s teacher will be in touch and instructing on a daily basis.

If the school does not have a parent email on file for your family, please contact Carol @ 320-547-5103 or This will be one of the communication methods teachers will utilize to communicate with parents. All staff emails and phone numbers are also available on our website should you need to reach out. We will continue to communicate daily at noon.

3/17 Update

Dear Swanville Families,

We would like to take a moment to provide our daily update and clear up some confusion and to provide encouragement. This will get long, but we ask that you read through this entire post.

We understand this is all new, and the unknown is extremely difficult to deal with. We too, as Staff and Board Members, are working through something we have never worked through that doesn’t have a “How to” book to guide us. We ask that you be patient with us and know that the Health and Safety as well as continued education is at our top priority for our Students, Staff and Community.
We are working on a Distance Learning plan for our students as we are uncertain what the Governor will order after March 27th. To assist with this process, please be sure to complete the survey at

Our response team made up of administration, staff and board members will be working through a plan with all staff. If you need to change your response to the completed survey please contact Deb Hollermann at 320-547-5112 or

We encourage you to sign your child up for meals through the school. This is a service that is offered to all 4 year old PreKindergarten to Grade 12 students for Breakfast and Lunch. We will deliver cold meals 1 time a day, 2 hours later than your normal pick up time on the school bus route.
We are uncertain what will be happening after March 27th, and we understand the fear of the unknown has several on edge. We do want to ensure you that should we go into a distance learning time period, your students teacher will be providing distance learning which will include communication daily with their students. 

The end of the quarter is this Friday, so any work that was out needs to be in. No additional work was given out after Monday that needs to be completed. You can take a picture and email it, scan it to email or use regular mail.
We will continue provide a daily update around noon each day. Should you have questions or concerns regarding anything at any time, please contact the below response team members. #SWANVILLESTRONG

Gene Harthan Work phone 320-547-5101
Cell phone 320-360-4262
Sheryl Johnson Work Phone 320-547-5104
Cell Phone 320-232-8161
Chris Kircher Cell Phone 952-240-9101
Molly Gerads Cell Phone 218-838-5207

3/16 Update

The administration and school board has made the decision that there will be no school tomorrow. If your student was not in school today, please plan to stop at the school today or tomorrow to clean out your student’s desk, locker, etc. so that we can do a deep cleaning. You will also need to gather any textbooks and other materials. A survey will be posted online that we will need responses for as soon as possible. Schools in MN are set to resume on March 30th but that will more than likely be distance learning. We are unsure at this point when we will have students physically in the building again. All activities and practices are canceled until at least March 30th. We have published a COVID-19 webpage on our school website, please check there for up to date information. Additionally, an update will be provided daily at noon until we get through this crisis. We are a small school and a small town and we help each other out. If you need help, please reach out to us and we will try and help you find resources. Please don’t panic, avoid large gatherings and please stay home! If you have questions, please ask. 


Gene Harthan Work phone 320-547-5101

        Cell phone 320-360-4262


Sheryl Johnson Work Phone 320-547-5104

           Cell Phone 320-232-8161


Chris Kircher Cell Phone 952-240-0101


Molly Gerads Cell Phone 218-838-5207

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