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March 28, 2020

Watch a video message from Secretary Rivera.

Team PDE –

As of today, 19 counties are under a stay-at-home order and school closures have been extended through April 6. While these mitigation efforts continue to make our daily routines look much different than a few weeks ago, they’re put in place to keep Pennsylvanians safe, home, and healthy.

Even though we’ve been staying home, we haven’t stopped working. This week, PDE launched a statewide strategic effort, in collaboration with PaTTAN and our 29 intermediate units, to support schools in developing and implementing continuity of education plans. Staff across PDE played an integral part in making this possible – your work will help create continued learning opportunities and experiences for students across the commonwealth.

Important and impactful projects are being coordinated in bureaus, offices, and program areas across PDE to help ensure those we serve continue to have access to resources and supports during COVID-19 mitigation efforts. I thank you, and our school communities thank you.

As we round out our second week of practicing social distancing, life continues to change and we’re all adjusting to a new, albeit temporary, normal. If you find yourself feeling sad, stressed, or lonely, please know that you’re not alone and it's okay to ask for or seek help – the State Employee Assistance Program offers a variety of resources. Like many of you, I’m also a parent and it isn’t necessarily easy finding the right things to say to my kids about what they’re seeing, hearing, and experiencing. The tips and resources on our website might help. Let’s continue to support ourselves and one another as we navigate through this together. After all, we will get through this, and we will get through this together. 

Thank you for your continued patience, flexibility, innovation, and dedication to serving schools and communities across Pennsylvania.

-Pedro