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April 2, 2021

This message was shared for the 2020-21 school year.

Dear Colleague,

Approximately one year after you were told to close your doors, we can officially mark the completion of a historic initiative that brings us closer than ever to a safe return to in-person teaching, learning, growing, and thriving across Pennsylvania.

In less than one month, close to 112,500 teachers and school staff received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine through Governor Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force’s special initiative. This milestone - which several months ago felt like something we could only dream of - could not have been reached without you and your tireless leadership.

Allow yourself a moment to pause and reflect on this and all that has transpired over the past year. We have lost and learned a lot, but the path forward is becoming more clear.

Reconstructing and restoring a community comes with great responsibility, but this immensely important work yields rewards that last a lifetime. And the impact of this work extends beyond the safe, nurturing spaces of your classrooms and school buildings - it reaches far and wide into systems and structures across the commonwealth.

You have been making history for the past year, and undoubtedly will continue to do so.

On behalf of PDE and the Wolf Administration, thank you for your leadership and perseverance. I look forward to our next chapter as we move forward on this journey together.