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​May 11, 2020

Dear Colleague,

Another busy week in education.

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Wolf Administration’s plan to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school through the National School Lunch Program. The program, known as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer - or P-EBT - is temporary and designed to bridge the gap left by schools closing and help families who may have strained resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A memo was circulated to each LEA’s School Nutrition Program contact on Friday outlining the process to ensure students’ families receive the P-EBT. It is critical that schools ensure that the information in PrimeroEdge is as accurate as possible, as inaccurate information may prevent a family from receiving P-EBT benefits.

PDE also made several updates to the guidance on our website. This week’s updates include:

Finally, while schools remain closed through the end of the academic year, the Governor continues to implement his Process to Reopen Pennsylvania by gradually lifting some COVID-19 -related restrictions, while retaining others. The governor’s strategy categorizes counties as red, yellow, or green. You can learn more about the Governor’s plan on the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania website.

 - Pedro