February 26, 2021
Starting on Monday, March 1st, option 1 elementary students will return to in-person instruction.
Secondary students in grades 7 through 12 will remain virtual with a tentative return date of March 8th. 

The District will continue following all recommendations from the PA Department of Education, and the Department of Health.  
    Please review COVID-19 prescreening form located on our District website daily prior to sending children to school.  
    Masks are required at all times except when eating lunch.
    Temperature checks will be completed daily.  
    Social distancing will be maintained.
Students will follow their regular schedules.  Additional information will be provided by building administration.

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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. 

February 26, 2021 Update
Wilkes-Barre Area School District Community,
Based on the local conditions and the continued level of a substantial transmission rate within Luzerne County, the District will continue to follow PDE and DOH recommendations.  The public health metrics are accessible on the interactive COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, which is updated every Friday. 
Option 1 elementary students (K-6) will resume In-person classes on Monday, March 1st 2021,  

We will tentatively plan to resume in-person instruction for 7-12 Students who elected to be in option 1 for Monday, March 8th  , 2021.
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