April 9, 2020
This morning, I issued an order under Act
13 of 2020 to close all public schools through the end of the 2019-2020
academic year, as defined by the local school calendar.
Additionally, Governor Wolf is ordering all K-12 schools and
programs, public and private, to be closed through the end of the 2019-2020
academic year. Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance
Programs and Preschool Early Intervention programs will also remain closed, and
institutions of higher education are prohibited from offering in-person
All of these decisions were made in consultation with the
Secretary of Health, based on the most recent information regarding COVID-19 as
it relates to the health, safety, and welfare of students, school staff, and communities.
While I am sure this announcement may provoke additional
questions, it is my hope that this order provides you clarity as you plan the
remainder of the school year, and will allow you to redouble the innovative,
collaborative work you’ve been doing, recognizing that energies that would be
devoted to re-opening schools will need to come later.
To continue our efforts to support you and all education
professionals statewide, my order under Act 13 also waives a series of
state-level requirements to ensure crucial stability of education
programs. This action will:
By taking these actions, the Department is providing
flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public
education can and will continue.
As always, PDE will provide you updates and guidance as they
become available—and will continue to advocate on behalf of our schools and
students as we travel this unprecedented path.