Friday, December 4, 2020:
The District has received updated information regarding Luzerne County’s transmission rates for COVID-19. Luzerne County remains in the substantial category. Based on recommendations provided by the PA Department of Health and the PA Department of Education, the Wilkes-Barre Area School District will continue virtual learning for the month of December. The District will provide an update regarding a return to in-person learning for "Option 1" students during the last week of December. For additional information please visit the COVID-19 Page on the District website.
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Wilkes-Barre Area School District 730 South Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA  18711-0376
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Coronavirus Updates (COVID-19)
During this time, we can all understand how difficult it is to be a parent, student, community member and/or educator. Inevitably, there will be rumors and possibly inaccurate information within the community and on social media.  
 
The District is receiving updated information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education who is collaborating with the Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, county municipal health departments and others to ensure the most current and accurate information and resources are available for our school district. 

Utilize this webpage as your source for timely and accurate district Information. We will make resources available and information will be updated through this page. In addition, the Skylert Messaging system, as well as local media outlets will be utilized as necessary.
 
We will be in direct contact with parents, students, and district employees with timely and accurate information when it becomes available. 

December 4th, 2020 Update 12:00 pm

Wilkes-Barre Area School District Community,
 
Today, we received information with an overview of Luzerne County data, updated on December 4th 2020.  (The public health metrics are accessible on the interactive COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, which is updated every Friday.) 
   
Based on this continued level of a substantial transmission rate within Luzerne County, PDE and DOH recommendations remain the same which is for full remote learning until the community transmission rates return to moderate. 
 
Therefore, we will continue to follow PDE & DOH recommendations and all classes will continue to be “live streamed”.  
 
In-person classes will not resume during the month of December.  We will provide an update during the last week of December with a tentative in-person start date.  
 
We understand how important it is to have in-person classes resume.  I specifically want to thank our students and our staff for always wearing appropriate face coverings, social distancing, and following our district guidelines.  This allowed us and will continue to allow us to resume in person instruction when we are back to the moderate category level based on Luzerne County’s transmission rate.  
 
The guidelines above are in place as part of our civic duty to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.  Please continue to do your part outside of the school day by always wearing a face covering and following social distancing guidelines.
 
Again, I appreciate your cooperation and flexibility during these unprecedented times. 
 
Thank you,
 
Brian Costello