Superintendent's Office

The Office of the Superintendent

North Schuylkill will be back to school and back in-person for the 2021 – 2022 school year! There is no substitute for in-person learning, friendship and physical activity, which is why we have committed to putting into place the highest safety standards and protocols to welcome our students back again for the 2021 – 2022 school year, beginning Monday, August 23. Both of our schools will offer full-day instruction, five days a week, along with recess, after-school programs, free breakfast and lunch with classmates, athletics and extracurricular activities.

We acknowledge that the 2021 – 2022 school year is beginning with a set of challenges and opportunities that are different from what we hoped. While COVID-19 has shifted learning once again this fall, our staff is committed to providing high quality teaching and learning opportunities for all students. We have ascertained a great deal from last year and will use that experience to make this year more successful.

The North Schuylkill School District will, to the greatest extent practicable, support prevention and mitigation policies in line with the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) for back-to-school learning by using the guidance to make informed decisions that better ensure the District is able to open and continuously maintain face to face learning while keeping the health, safety and welfare of students and staff as its primary focus. The District will implement mandates set forth by the CDC and PA DOH. The District will continue to follow these guidelines set forth by the health departments. CDC & PA DOH recommendations will be implemented to the extent practicable for mitigation policies in line with the most up-to date guidance.

All North Schuylkill families will be provided with COVID-19 virus information for the purpose of self-monitoring. Students and staff will be encouraged to self-monitor for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 at home prior to attending school. If any signs or symptoms are noted at home, that student or staff member should not attend school and will be encouraged to seek further medical attention.

A successful and equitable school reopening strategy requires engaging the entire school community to establish a safe environment for all students, educators, and school staff and promote trust and confidence. At the beginning of the school year, the District will assign and issue a Chromebook to each student to ensure that all students have continual access to instruction. We will ensure that any family who needs assistance in accessing the internet at their home receives it.

We hope that you share in our excitement, and will share your excitement with others, so that our students can be welcomed back to school

I know you may have many questions about this upcoming year, and we are here to support you! Our staff has been working very hard to prepare and be the best and most amazing educators for your students as possible. We are here to help you and your students as we navigate this new way of learning. It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! I welcome your questions and your input as members of the Spartan Community. If I can personally be of help, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available to you at (570) 874-0466 or by emailing rackell@northschuylkill.net. Please follow us on social media – Facebook @North Schuylkill School District and Twitter @NorthSchuylkill.

Thank you for your understanding and support last year and for everything you do for our SPARTAN community.

We cannot wait to see everyone soon!

 With Spartan Pride,
Dr. Robert Ackell,
Superintendent of Schools

Additonal Information

North Schuylkill School District Goals (2021-2022)

Superintendent Evaluations (2021-2022)

Based on results of the 2020-2021 annual performance evaluation, Dr. Ackell has performed satisfactorily in meeting the school board's standards in all categories.

Robert J. Ackell, Ed.D., Superintendent

Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1100
Email: rackell@northschuylkill.net

Merri Lynn Craig - Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Phone: 570-874-0466 ext. 1100
Email: mcraig@northschuylkill.net