Viking Elementary has been validated as a Minnesota School of Excellence (SOE) by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). This prestigious honor was awarded to Viking Elementary for its commitment to modern teaching and learning. Click here to view press release

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  • Welcome to Pelican Rapids Public Schools and our Pelican Rapids community!


    As a graduate of Pelican Rapids, I left to see the world. However, as we started our family and talked about our daughter growing up with opportunities and experiences to develop lifelong friends in the safety of a supportive, positive community, I discovered we could only find that by coming home to Pelican Rapids. When I was the very Proud Principal of The Viking Elementary School, I was able to learn more about our schools and how our community developed over the years.


    I am honored and humbled by the trust placed in me by the School Board in my appointment as Interim Superintendent. I will to continue to support our students, parents, staff and community. Pelican Rapids Public Schools works with our families and businesses to provide opportunities for our children to learn and grow.


    There are many characteristics and features highlighting our uniqueness. We offer opportunities to learn about and experience diverse cultures not often associated with small towns. Pelican Rapids Public Schools has a rich tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. Our state-of-the-art facilities include the Al Siegle Activities Center for our indoor sports and activities including a raised walking tracking that many visitors use during breaks in action while attending games and events, and the jewel we have in our Fine Arts Auditorium used for school and community performances and events. As a ‘Leader in Me™’ school district, our students learn and practice Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits’ honing their leadership skills to meet the challenges of today and those they’ll face tomorrow.


    We hope you find our website helpful. If you have questions, thoughts, or concerns please feel free to contact me.



    Edwin R. Richardson, Ed.D.
    Interim Superintendent
    Pelican Rapids Public School
    Office Phone: 218-863-5915
    Cell Phone: 218-731-9503





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VES 2019-20

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    Run Club Meets from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.


    Grades 2-3                              Grades 4-6 

    Sept. 3 Tuesday                     Sept. 5 Thursday

    Sept. 10 Tuesday                   Sept. 12 Thursday

    Sept. 17 Tuesday                   Sept. 19 Thursday

    Sept. 24 Tuesday                   Sept. 26 Thursday

    Oct. 1 Tuesday                       Oct. 3 Thursday

    Oct. 8 Tuesday                       Oct. 10 Thursday

    Oct. 14 Monday                      Oct. 15 Tuesday




    Running Form Pacing
    Importance of Sleep


    limited to 60 kids in grades 2-6


    VES Classroom Supply List


    VES Student Handbook


    Master School Calendar 2019-20


    2019-2020 Meal Prices


    Elementary Prices

    Breakfast  $0.00

    Lunch $1.80

    Reduced Price $0.00

    Adult Breakfast    $1.80


    Food Service Information Letter & Instructions


    Application for Educational Benefits (free and reduced meals)


    Application for Educational Benefits (free and reduced meals) Spanish


    Application for Educational Benefits (free and reduced meals) Somali


    Health Insurance and Breakfast Letter



    4-day school week (Tuesday-Friday)

    We will continue to operate with a 4-day school week for the 2019-20 school year.


    School hours

    The school board has approved a change in the instructional day as a cost savings measure for the 2019-20 school year.

    • Elementary school day will begin at 7:45am and end at 3:15pm
    • High school day will start at 7:55am and end at 3:25pm 

    Minnesota statutes requires the following instructional hours per year. Pelican Rapids exceeds the state minimum. The district remains committed to providing a quality education for each of our students. 


    Instructional Hours 2019-20 School Year

    State Mandated Hours

    Viking Elementary

    1,039 hours

    Kindergarten    850 hours

    Grades 1-6        935 hours

    Pelican Rapids High School

    1,025 hours

    Grades 7-12   1,020

    For more information:

    Minnesota Department of Education; MARRS Manual; APPENDIX B – INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS/LENGTH OF DAY (https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/schfin/MARSS/inst/)

    2018 Minnesota Statues 120A.41 Length of School Year; hours of instruction (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/120A.41)

PRHS 2019-20