December 2021
Dear Lackawanna Trail Parents and Students,
As we move into the winter months we will experience inclement seasonal weather which will impact in-person learning and result in everyone spending more time indoors. Spending more time indoors makes the potential for the spread of COVID-19 more likely, and we must be cognizant of this. I would like to call your attention to a few key areas in anticipation of seasonal winter weather:
  • When inclement weather arrives, we will use a blend of Traditional Snow Days and Virtual Instruction Days. I hope it will be a mild winter; however, we need to be prepared. I will use the first few days as Traditional Snow Days (which must be made up), then use Virtual Instruction Days later. My hope is that a blend of Traditional Snow Days and Virtual Instruction Days strikes the perfect balance.
  • For those of you who are still considering vaccination against COVID-19 please note there are many opportunities locally. Scheduling a vaccination or booster shot can be done easily at a physician’s office, pharmacy, or medical center. In addition to the benefit of adding a layer of protection, those considered close contacts who are fully vaccinated can avoid quarantine.
  • Wearing a properly fitted mask has many advantages. First and foremost, it substantially reduces the probability of spreading COVID-19 as well as other transmissible diseases. In addition, those considered close contacts who wear properly fitted masks can avoid quarantine.
  • Student academic success has been noteworthy this year. The number of students on the honor roll has been impressive, and I am confident students will be well prepared for the upcoming PSSA and Keystone Exams. Great strides have been made in addressing learning loss resulting from the pandemic. I appreciate all parents and students who have worked with the faculty and administration as we carefully navigate and introduce new teaching and learning strategies during this pandemic. The blend of in-person and virtual learning has been successful because of our collaborative effort. Please remember that students are allotted three individual pivots to virtual learning per marking period, and I encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity. Coming to school when a student is ill simply is not worth it, especially during the winter months.
  • Each day Lackawanna Trail’s Daily COVID-19 Dashboard is updated in the Stop the Spread section at the bottom of this page. I encourage everyone to check this regularly.
Thank you for your attention to these areas.


Matthew Rakauskas
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