FACTORYVILLE — For the first time in six months, John Yanniello stood in front of a classroom full of children.
Unlike most area students, those at Lackawanna Trail will be in their classroom five days a week — spaced at least several feet apart and wearing masks.
On Thursday, Yanniello met the fourth graders in his math class. He also positioned a stand with his laptop so that other students, whose parents chose a virtual option, could see the math class, too.
Staying apart, Lackawanna Trail students came together for the first day of an unprecedented school year.
“I’m just happy they’re back,” Yanniello said as his students ate lunch in his classroom instead of the cafeteria due to social distancing efforts. “They seem happy to be back as well.”
While most school districts in Northeast Pennsylvania chose hybrid or fully virtual models for reopening, the Wyoming County district chose