“Here in Swanton, “Our vision is to be the district of choice with an academic environment where student achievement is top priority, community involvement is vital, all individuals are valued and the school is a point of pride.”

 

Chris Lake

Superintendent
Chris.Lake@swantonschools.org

Swanton Local School District | Superintendent’s Office

108 North Main Street | t: (419) 826 – 7085 | f: (419) 825 – 1197

Welcome to the Swanton Local School District! The school system has been serving the community of Swanton since 1897. Currently the district serves approximately 1200 students in three buildings which are located in the heart of the community. Here in Swanton, “Our vision is to be the district of choice with an academic environment where student achievement is top priority, community involvement is vital, all individuals are valued and the school is a point of pride.”  

The mission of the Swanton Local School District has never been more important than it is right now. The world is still mired in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic and the last time that students and staff graced our hallways was March 12, 2020. Since that time we have been working diligently on a plan to return to school full time this fall and that time is finally upon us. While the district was successful in moving to remote learning in the spring of this year, there is simply no substitute for the in person environment of a school building. This has been the driving force behind our plans to get students back in the buildings. 

There is more to school than just the subjects that we teach. The school environment provides students with the opportunity to socialize with their peers, make connections with teachers and learn many valuable lessons about life and being a productive citizen. For some students the school house is a safe place that provides a reliable source of food, warmth and security. These are all things that our students have missed out on since that dark day in March when the 2019-20 school year came to an abrupt end. 

While coronavirus rages around the world, here in Swanton we have consistently seen low rates of infection in our community. By working with the Fulton County Health Department we have been able to create a plan that puts many safety precautions in place: masks for all students and staff, hand sanitizer stations in every classroom, a rigorous cleaning schedule and spacing out student desks in the classrooms. The district has also invested in portable desktop barriers for our students in K-8 to take with them throughout the school day. We have made a significant investment in disinfectant machines that will help to ensure our buildings are given a deep clean each day. 

There are a few simple things that we must all do this year is to look out for each other. By wearing masks, washing your hands frequently and maintaining social distance we can create an environment that is not conducive to the spread of COVID.  If you wake up feeling ill, stay home, monitor your symptoms and seek medical advice before trying to return to school. These actions will give us the best chance to remain open. 

As I saw students out in the community over the last few months the consistent refrain was that they missed school. They missed their friends. They missed their activities and most importantly, they missed their teachers. The importance of school in the lives of students is hard to overestimate. I cannot predict what the future holds for the Swanton Local School District, but we have a plan to bring our students back and we will all do everything within our power to keep the district open for business this year. I cannot wait to see our staff and students return to school. Go Bulldogs!

Sincerely,

Mr. Chris Lake

Superintendent of the Swanton Local School District