From the Office of Matthew Rakauskas, Superintendent of Schools
March 30, 2020
Dear Lackawanna Trail Community,
Today Governor Wolf announced that all public schools are closed until further notice. Last week, the governor signed legislation which allows public schools to complete the academic year without meeting the 180-day minimum requirement. The district will take this into consideration as we explore options which reflect the best interest of our students.
Educating students during a pandemic has certainly revealed unprecedented challenges and has driven our educators to explore new methods to continue delivering instruction through the COVID-19 crisis. Lackawanna Trail, along with all public schools in Intermediate Unit 19, is developing a Continuity of Education Plan to best meet our students’ educational needs. When completed it will be submitted to The Pennsylvania Department of Education and published on our webpage.
Although the plan is in the developmental stage, our teachers have provided non-graded review and enrichment assignments for all students since we were informed of the initial shutdown on March 13th. I encourage our students to continue working on these assignments and interact with your teachers to get the most of this opportunity.
These review and enrichment assignments, which are being delivered through packets picked up at the schools, google classroom, class dojo, and other web-based platforms will continue and be expanded upon in the coming weeks.
In order to collect information on the volume and quality of technology devices/internet accessibility students in our community possess, we are conducting a survey. After we gather the data it will help us make informed decisions about how best to serve the educational needs of our students, which will in turn help us complete the Lackawanna Trail Continuity of Education Plan. If you are a student who has not yet completed the survey please do so at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MFTB9N9.
Although they cannot work in the traditional way, our administration, faculty, and support staff continue to work as a team to deliver the best possible educational programs under these circumstances. On Friday April 3rd, we will continue the meal distribution program for our families during the closure. It will run from 10:30-12:30 at the high school beginning Friday. After Friday it will run on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule. This meal distribution program is open to all families.
Please continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and our government officials. Stay safe!
The Resolution for Charter School Reform has been adopted by the Board of Directors of Lackawanna Trail School District at the February 10, 2020 School Board Meeting.
Summer Paving Project
The pavement project at the Elementary Center will begin on June 15, 2020. The parking lot and playground area will be repaved, this project is estimated to take 2-3 weeks to complete. Once the Elementary Center lots are completed, the paving project will then begin on the Jr./Sr. High School parking lots, including the driveway in front of the building. This project is also estimated to take 2-3 weeks to complete. The pavement projects are long overdue. The new parking lots will provide welcoming and safer surfaces for district employees, students, parents and visitors to our district. As an added bonus, the repaved parking lots will also provide a cosmetic upgrade to both district facilities.