The Wallenpaupack Area School District has adopted reopening school plans for the 2020-2021 school year. In an effort to work with each individual family and provide the educational flexibility necessary in a pandemic emergency, the district has decided to provide a number of educational options for our students. All students will be issued an iPad that they can use in school and at home. The results of this survey will help the school district plan for student schedules and classes, transportation, and student meals. For planning purposes, it is important that families stay with the option they have chosen and will remain in effect for the first quarter of the school year. We plan on surveying all families once again towards the end of the first quarter of the school year, to allow families to change their options for the second quarter, and so on.
Attention parents of all Wallenpaupack Area School District children who will be five years of age on or before August 31, 2020 and will be attending Kindergarten during the 2020-2021 school year: Please refer to this page for registration instructions and to download the registration forms or request a registration packet from the Central Registrar's office by calling (570) 226-4557 ext. 3036. Registration packets can also be picked up in the North Primary School lobby.
WAHS Commencement 2020
WAHS Virtual Scholarship Ceremony 2020
A Response to Recent Events
In this unique time of COVID-19, when we find ourselves apart, we are finding that, now more than ever, there is an urgency to come together. The recent world and national events have highlighted many inequities, bias and views of racism throughout all society, our community included.
As a school district we are here to support our students and families. We will continue to work with students and our schools to address areas where we can engage, educate and empower our students. We recognize that the media coverage of recent rallies, events and protests have presented graphic images that may be difficult to contextualize. Children, as well as many adults, naturally have questions about these events. There are no clear answers to many of these questions. We encourage families to utilize the resources listed below to start conversations and develop meaningful questions.
We stand with our students and families of color. We are listening to their concerns, questions, and perspectives and we want to reassure them that we are committed to making changes in our system that ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Information Regarding School Notification System - SwiftK12
Wallenpaupack Area SD has recently expanded the use of its notification system to include SMS/Text messages as well as automated phone calls. Additional information regarding setting up and configuring your account through the Parent Portal can be found in this document.
**Due to the Governor's jurisdiction, Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) through OVR are temporarily on pause.**
Students with an IEP, 504 plan, or who self-identify as having a disability, are encouraged to participate in Pre-Employment Transition Services with OVR. Pre-Employment Transition Services provide education and training in the areas of Job Exploration, Workplace Readiness, Work Based Learning Experience, Self-Advocacy and Post-Secondary Education to students with disabilities from age 14-21. Currently, these services are on pause due to the Governor's jurisdiction. If your child has an open case with OVR, their OVR counselor is able to continue providing counseling & guidance, and resources & supports to customers. Your child's OVR counselor will be reaching out to touch base in the near future.
OVR is able to discuss starting services with any interested individuals and process new applications. To get started, click on the OVR-Pre-Application instructions. If you need assistance completing the application or have any questions about OVR, please email Melissa Regenski, District Transition Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact OVR at 570-826-2011.
As we know, we're in an unprecedented time for everyone. It's uncertain and very scary. This fear is completely understandable, and the indefinite timeline is likely creating a lot of anxiety during a time where we may be or feel more removed from our support networks. But social distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation, and we want people to know that even as we all face this difficult period, no one is alone.
On April 1st, a new resource became available to the citizens of PA. A 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions became available. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person's needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed.
The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494 from anywhere in PA.
It's a difficult time, and it's easy to feel alone and cut-off from the world, but we need people to know that they are not alone, and support is available. Please help share the word about this resource.
WAMS Students Darby Brennan and Christopher Simon Win 2nd Place in Entrepreneurship Challenge Statewide
Mrs. Argyro Paspalas' seventh grade students, Darby Brennan and Christopher Simon, participated in the 2020 Entrepreneurship Challente at the local level, winning the Middle School Division with their team's business plan, Vently Inc. They qualified to compete at the state level.
They were given the opportunity to prepare their elevator pitch for their team's business plan. Darby and Christopher won Second Place in the Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy Entrepreneurship Challenge Statewide - Middle School Division. PennCFL has presented certificates and prizes to the winners via email.
First National Bank and ProAct LTD made this opportunity possible. Thank you to Mr. Sam Ryder, Mr. Bill Joseph and Mr. Allan Darr, leaders of these great organizations, for their commitment to the students in PA. Their long-lasting investment in students has paid off with the explosion of participation statewide.
Team PennCFL's mission is to provide Pennsylvania's K-12 students with economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship skills that elevate their standard of living, quality of life, and professional success. The team PennCFL members are Carolyn Shirk, Alan Dakey, Jennifer Henderson, and Donna Gavitt.
Photo of Darby Brennan was contributed by parent, Mrs. Brennan.
Photo of Christopher Simon was contributed by parent, Mrs. Simon.
Performing Arts Gala Awards 2020
The WAHS Performing Arts faculty invite you to join us for the 2020 Performing Arts Gala and Awards. We will be celebrating the achievements of our performing arts students throughout the year, and recognizing our seniors with plaques, certificates, and scholarships. The program will be presented on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 pm, and will appear below. You may need to refresh the webpage for it to appear.
In 2018, the General Assembly passed Act 44 mandating the establishment and use of the "Safe2Say Something" (S2SS) anonymous reporting system by every Pennsylvania school entity by January 14, 2019.
S2SS is a life-saving and life-changing school safety program that teaches students, educators, and administrators how: (1) to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, and (2) to anonymously report this information through the S2SS app, website, or 24/7 Crisis Center Hotline.
For further information, please refer to the following documents:
Notice Regarding Student Insurance - Revised for 2020-2021 School Year
Please be advised that it is the responsibility of the parents/guardians, in the event of a student accident, to provide for accidental injury expenses either through insurance or cash payment to health care providers. For this reason, the School District would like to make you aware of the availability of a low cost, standard school approved insurance policy.
The School District does not provide insurance coverage for students. If you do not have insurance or the financial ability to cover potential injury expenses, we encourage you to review this Student Accident Insurance document.
If you choose to purchase insurance through this program, please have your child return the completed insurance form with your payment to their school and it will be forwarded to the insurance company to process.
We hope this program can be a valuable service for you and your family.
Vaccination Requirements for 2018-2019 School Year Onward
In the 2018-2019 school year, there are requirements that students in 7th and 12th grade must adhere to. On the First Day of School in the fall of 2018, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had the vaccinations as described in this pamphlet, or risk exclusion from school.
Students at any grade, Kindergarten through 12th, including all public, private, parochial or nonpublic school in this Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must show proof of immunization before they can attend school. This pertains to vocational schools, alternative education programs, intermediate units, special education, home education programs, charter and cyber charter schools.
For more information, please refer to this pamphlet.