October 2021
Dear Lackawanna Trail Community,
The month of October has presented the Lackawanna Trail School District with the most serious challenges of the 2021-2022 academic year relative to COVID-19. Our case counts and number of students in quarantine is higher than normal, and as a result of this the number of synchronous virtual learners has increased as well.  Thank you for your patience as we work through these challenging times and reinforce our mitigation efforts.
Although I’m confident we will move beyond this and continue educating our students safely, everyone must be cognizant of a few areas which should be reviewed.  I have shared some of these with you recently, but I ask you to consider each again.
  1. Students who are ill should not come to school.   Students have three virtual pivot days per marking period this year. Beyond that, students are considered absent but may join virtually to avoid make-up work.
  2. Students who have not been vaccinated should consider doing so after consulting with your pediatrician.  As per the recently announced timeline, vaccinations against COVID-19 will likely be available for students under the age of twelve by early November.  Vaccination is the number one COVID-19 mitigation strategy.
  3. When wearing a mask be certain it is properly fitted.  My mask protects you, and your mask protects me.  Masking is the second most effective COVID-19 mitigation strategy.
  4. Avoid prolonged periods of time with people you are not normally in contact with, and wash your hands frequently.  Good hygiene is an effective COVID-19 mitigation strategy.
  5. Check our website and district Facebook page for regular updates, and if you don’t subscribe to our REMIND notification please consider joining.  Communication and transparency are critical to successfully and safely educating students during a pandemic.
  6. The COVID-19 Dashboard located on the bottom center section of this page is updated regularly to inform everyone of the amount of positive cases identified district-wide in each fourteen day window.   This is the time span the Department of Health uses to determine if a school should pivot to full virtual learning.  Although DOH recommends schools pivot to full virtual instruction when a school our size reaches 25 positive cases in a 14 day window, other factors may warrant an earlier pivot. The Dashboard also displays the current masking and open status.  For example, Lackawanna Trail is currently following an indoor masking mandate and is fully open for in-person instruction with a virtual option.

Matthew Rakauskas


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