June 11, 2021


Dear Lackawanna Trail Community,

We have crossed the finish line!   Despite some once in a lifetime challenges we have educated our students safely throughout the pandemic, and completed a historic school year.  Our Sixth Grade Recognition Ceremony and High School Commencement served as wonderful student sendoffs, and now we prepare to turn the page.

I’d like everyone to enjoy your summer vacation, yet be cognizant of the structure of the next school year.  We learned a lot about how to best educate our students over the last year, and we will take what we learned and apply it to the 2021-2022 school year.  Shortly after The Board of Directors adopts our Health and Safety Plan (June or July), the administration will schedule a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings to roll it out.  Mirroring last summer’s format, we will outline the details of the Health and Safety Plan through a virtual slide show, and take questions from parents and students.  I’ll notify everyone in advance of each Virtual Town Hall Meeting through REMIND notifications, and Facebook posts.

I anticipate the next school year being more traditional, but we will continue to incorporate a more defined virtual option utilizing our one-to-one chromebook initiative.  The CDC, PDE, and DOH will continue to offer guidance for schools, and we will incorporate that guidance, with flexibility, into our plans.

In July we will bridge the learning gaps resulting from the pandemic through credit recovery and enrichment classes, as well as additional programs aimed at improving student social and emotional wellness.  I will alert you when the plans for these classes and programs are finalized.  Please take advantage of these opportunities.

Lackawanna Trail’s students and employees have fared well throughout the pandemic, and maintaining high safety levels is critical.  Therefore, I will send out a REMIND and create a Facebook post any time a vaccine clinic is scheduled locally or held on campus.  Please take advantage of these opportunities.

Congratulations to our recent sixth graders who will move up to seventh grade at the jr.-sr. high school in August, congratulations to the members of the Class of 2021, and thank you to all in the Trail Community for your patience and support.

Enjoy your summer, stay informed, and stay safe!





Matthew Rakauskas


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