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Lackawanna Trail High School is expected to reopen April 24 after being closed for two weeks because of a spike in COVID-19 cases with two employees and seven students affected.

Nearly 60 Lackawanna Trail students must quarantine after their teacher tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials at the junior-senior high school learned of the test result Tuesday morning and alerted parents that children in that classroom must quarantine for 14 days and needed to leave school immediately. The teacher was last in class Friday, Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas said. The district also identified several teachers and aides who must quarantine, he said.

If the school has another positive case in the next 14 days, the school will close for between three and five days.

The district also had an elementary center teacher test positive for COVID-19 last month. Those students, who also quarantined, did not report any positive cases.

The Wyoming County district’s latest case comes nearly a month after its schools fully reopened.

Of Lackawanna County school districts, six of 10 now offer hybrid instruction: Abington Heights, Dunmore, Mid Valley, North Pocono, Old Forge and Riverside. Lakeland plans to start hybrid learning Oct. 13 and Carbondale, Scranton and Valley View could all make that transition in November. In hybrid instruction, students generally attend school twice a week and learn from home the other days. The groups alternate to allow for smaller class sizes and social distancing.

North Pocono reported its first positive COVID-19 case Friday — a staff member at the high school. The district determined there was no close contact at the school with that person, so no one at the school needed to quarantine, Superintendent Bryan McGraw said.

Mid Valley reported one case last week, a student at the secondary school. The student’s sibling had to quarantine.

Dunmore, Old Forge and Riverside, which started hybrid instruction four to six weeks ago, have no reported cases.

Abington Heights, also with no cases, began its hybrid model Monday.

“Teachers are doing some remarkable things ... and because of that and the cooperation of our families and students, we’re very pleased with where we stand,” Superintendent Michael Mahon, Ph.D., said.

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