The Governor’s ‘Stay at Home” order does not prohibit food banks and their volunteers from offering food services, nor do they prohibit school districts from offering food services to children during the statewide school closure. Food will continue to be available at schools, food pantries and additional sites. Schools and school districts may continue to bring in essential employees involved in the preparation and distribution of meals.
The following resources have been consolidated from Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 resources portal, the PA Department of Agriculture, the City of Philadelphia, and Montgomery County school districts:
For Individuals Seeking Food:
Food resources are available at schools, food pantries, and additional pick-up sites.
Philadelphia sites – any resident can pick up meals for their household. List here: SNAP Benefits
Any Pennsylvanian who is suddenly in need of food should complete the DHS Access to Food Survey: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/00f41ab0fcb84640a93f5b62d433c597 so the Governor’s Feeding Taskforce knows where to direct resources.
Department of Education
Governor Wolf has ordered all K-12 schools and programs, public and private, to be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Under Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order, personnel at educational entities in all 67 counties who are providing life-sustaining services, including, but not limited to: administration, food preparation and distribution, housing, security, information technology, building maintenance, and operations (e.g., payroll) can continue to be deemed essential and are permitted to continue their work, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
To assist schools during the extended closure, the state’s 29 intermediate units are ready to provide technical assistance to help develop continuity of education plans for all students.
PDE is cancelling standardized testing for students in career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2019-20 school year. These include exams from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
The PA Department of Education will open an emergency equity grant application intended to provide additional financial support to LEAs and schools with the highest percentage of students unable to participate in continuity of education. The application will open on April 6th and can be found here: https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/ContinuityEducation/Pages/default.aspx
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via www.dmv.pa.gov
Expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections will be extended:
Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020. Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020.
Persons with Disabilities Parking Placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020.
The REAL ID deadline has been extended to Oct. 1, 2021.
Small Business Relief:
Mutual Aid Efforts:
Resources for Policy & Advocacy:
How to Implement Mutual Aid: (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php? fbid=10102825704937026&set=a.504413794126&type=3&theater)
Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform: https://m4bl.org/covid-19-platform/?fbclid=IwAR2rDZ2mWuj3mYjheob7HZif9VwVPsNHholOAth8pX6YiyqumHq0ZHKTzAU
Working Families Party Town Hall: https://www.facebook.com/watchparty/836985663445044/