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More than 5,700 public school students return to school on Wednesday.

School officials said 3,311 students are enrolled in Pittston Area and 2,468 students are enrolled in Wyoming Area.

All schools will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in honor of Labor Day.

Retiring Pittston Area Assistant Superintendent Jack Lussi said a new superintendent, Michael Garzella, will start on Monday. He said the Intermediate Center has a new principal, Dr. Janet Donovan. She replaces Stanley Waleski who retired after 36 years in the district.

"Everything else is pretty much like last year," Lussi said.

Lussi offered a grade-by-grade breakdown: 265 students are heading into kindergarten; 260 in first grade; 260 in second grade; 263 in third grade; 226 in fourth grade; 272 in fifth grade; 243 in sixth grade; 245 in seventh grade; 246 in eighth grade; 271 in ninth grade; 272 in tenth grade; 266 in eleventh grade; and 221 are set to graduate on June 14, 2013.

Wyoming Area Secondary Center Principal Vito Quaglia said the district is now working with Seneca Valley School District to provide in-district cyber classes.

"Students would be able to get a Wyoming Area diploma," Quaglia said. "We will be incorporating our curriculum into the cyber classes."

Quaglia said the district is also getting proactive with its anti-bullying policy.

The Ambassadors are a group of Wyoming Area students that will be trained and designated go-to people if students feel bullied.

"We're adding another layer of support," Quaglia said. "Some students may not feel comfortable coming to a teacher, so they can come to a student."

Wyoming Area employs approximately 121 support staff, 161 full time teachers and seven administrators to provide instruction to its students.

At Wyoming Area, an Orientation Day for incoming 7th grade students will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Secondary Center. The Administration Guidance Staff and other staff members will address the students. At the conclusion of the presentation Student Council members will be available to escort students on a tour of the building. Parents may attend as well.

Parochial grade schools begins on Monday.

At Holy Rosary in Duryea Grades 1-8 will begin classes on Monday, and Kindergarten will begin classes on Tuesday. The PK 4 year old will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29; and the PK 3 year old class will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4. There will be early dismissals days each day the first week of school. Dismissal on each of those days will be at 11 a.m.

At Wyoming Area Catholic in Exeter, school begins on Monday for all students in Pre-K to eighth grade. For the first week of school, students will be dismissed at 11 a.m. There will be no after-school care or lunches the first week of school.

Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre starts on Monday for ninth grade and all transfer students and Tuesday for the rest of the school. Dismissal on both days is 11:15 a.m.

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