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March 20, 2020

Team PDE,

What a week. A lot has changed in Pennsylvania and across the country over the past seven days. While the current conditions have created a lot of uncertainty, I’ve seen and experienced incredible examples of people coming together to ensure our fellow Pennsylvanians, especially children, continue to receive the supports, resources, and care they depend on.

As week one of the school and state government closure comes to an end, our department’s important work continues. I thank each one of you for your patience, your flexibility, your collaboration, your courage, and your dedication to sustain operations and look out for one another while we navigate this unprecedented time together.

Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. Lawmakers, school leaders, parents, reporters, partner organizations, and many others – including Governor Wolf – have shared positive feedback and messages of appreciation about the work you’ve been doing. I am so proud of you, Team PDE. 

While I don’t know how long these circumstances will last, I do know that we’re in this together, and together we’ll continue to responsibly serve our stakeholders through this unprecedented time.

Thank you so much for everything you’ve done and continue to do in support of school communities across the state – it is seen and it is appreciated more than words can say.

-Pedro

P.S. Continue to monitor InsidePDE and education.pa.gov/info for employee information and updates.