The Garrett County Board of Education voted on January 12, 2021, to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to remain in the “red model” in which students are learning virtually. Students will begin transitioning back to in-person learning when the Garrett County metrics are at 5% or less positivity rate and 15 or less per 100,000 for 14 consecutive days.

Anyone with a question or concern may contact, and you will receive a response.

There have been 1,764 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County. Current metrics from the Garrett County Health Department are: 7-Day Positivity Percentage: 8.91%; 7-Day Case Rate Per 100,000: 17.73.

Please continue to check our website and the GCPS Coronavirus Updates page for more information.

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Swan Meadow School is a unique public school nestled in the agrarian community of Gortner in Garrett County, Maryland. The first school was built in the late 1880s, or early 1890s, for local farming families of different faiths. They soon outgrew the one-room school so they built the second school. In 1958 and again in the 1990s the families designed and built newer and larger facilities, according to county regulations, for a fraction of the county’s usual cost for projects like ours!

Today Swan Meadow’s Kindergarten through eighth grade students are taught in three multi-grade classrooms. Our teaching principal, three full-time teachers, one half-day teacher, three part-time resource teachers, and a secretary, who also serves as an instructional assistant, comprise our grateful staff.