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​November 27, 2020

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

Dear Colleague,

This letter serves as a reminder that you must complete and submit an attestation form to PDE if your public school entity – in whole or in part – is located in a county that is in the Substantial level of COVID-19 transmission for the second consecutive week, even if you do not intend to offer any in-person instruction.

All counties in the commonwealth, with the exception of the following, continue to be in the Substantial level of COVID-19 transmission for at least two consecutive weeks as of November 27: Cameron, Pike, Sullivan, and Wayne counties.  (The following four counties are in the second week as of November 27, and are not required to submit an attestation form until December 2, at 5 PM: Fayette, Forest, Susquehanna, and Warren counties.)  County specific public health metrics are accessible on the interactive COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, which is updated every Friday

The attestation must be signed by the chief school administrator and president/chair of the governing body and submitted via email by 5 PM on November 30, 2020. Additionally, the signed and completed form must be posted with the public school entity's Health and Safety Plan on the entity's publicly available website. The attestation form is available on PDE's website.

If you have already submitted your attestation, thank you for your diligence. You may kindly disregard this reminder. Otherwise, please be aware that a public school entity that does not return a completed and signed attestation by 5 PM on November 30, 2020 may not provide any in-person instruction, but rather, may provide only fully remote instruction and must suspend all extracurricular activities while the county is in the substantial range of community transmission.

Please email your completed attestation to RA-EDCONTINUITYOFED@pa.gov. You may also email questions or concerns to the same account.

Thank you for your continued commitment and perseverance in ensuring to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff, and our school communities during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Matthew S. Stem
Deputy Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education