Lackawanna Trail High School has closed to students for two weeks following news Saturday of a fifth coronavirus case.
School district leaders were working Saturday morning to determine if any additional students and staff needed to quarantine.
Since a high school teacher reported the first positive case Tuesday, 100 people in the Wyoming County school have had to quarantine.
That’s in a school with an in-person enrollment of 385 students.
The five positive cases include one teacher, one administrator, and three students.
(At the Lackawanna Trail School Board meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 13, Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas announced there were nine confirmed coronavirus cases: two employees and seven students).
While all instruction in the high school would move to virtual for the next two weeks, the elementary center remains open. One elementary teacher tested positive for COVID-19 last month, and no additional cases have been reported there.
The district, one of the only in the region to reopen fully this fall, knew it could eventually be necessary to move to virtual instruction.
“We’re ready to pivot to virtual, and we’ll hopefully pivot back in 14 days,” Superintendent Matthew Rakauskas said Saturday morning.
All extracurricular activities, including athletics such as last Friday’s football game with Montrose Area, were cancelled until at least Oct. 23.
During Tuesday’s Wyoming County Commissioners meeting, it was acknowledged that the county’s active coronavirus cases had spiked by five in one week’s time from 80 to 85.
Commissioner Ernie King said that included at least three from Lackawanna Trail High School.