FLHS 14 day remote 11.23.20

FLHS 14 day remote 11.23.20
Posted on 11/23/2020
November 23, 2020

Dear Fort Lee Families,

Fort Lee and the Northeast region have moved into the “High Risk” category for COVID-19 transmission. As of the week ending November 20, five out of six regions in New Jersey have a COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) score of 3, moving the activity levels for each of those regions to high and the statewide level to high.

The school district has been notified of additional unlinked, positive Covid-19 cases at Fort Lee High School. After consultation with the Fort Lee Health Department it was determined, out of an abundance of caution, that it would be in the best interest of the students and staff to extend the 100% remote learning period for another period of 14 days. Fort Lee High School will return to the in-person, hybrid model on Monday, December 14. More specific information will be provided by the FLHS administration.

During this time, the Fort Lee Elementary Schools (#1,2,3,4) will remain open with the existing hybrid model of instruction. Lewis Cole Middle and Intermediate Schools will also remain open with the hybrid model of in person instruction. The district continues to monitor the ongoing situation in our community. These decisions may change as the situation dictates.

I am hopeful that taking these actions will allow us to return to our in-person hybrid model as soon as possible.

Individuals who are considered close contacts will be called directly. The identification of a person with a positive COVID test is against HIPAA guidelines. The district will not release the name of any positive case.

I understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. We encourage parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:

● Avoiding social gatherings;
● Staying home when you are sick;
● Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
● Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
● Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks, and utensils;
● Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
● Wearing a face covering;
● Getting a flu shot to prevent taxing the medical systems with flu outbreak;
● Continuing to monitor your health for COVID related symptoms;

If you or your children are experiencing COVID related symptoms, it is recommended that you contact your healthcare provider and arrange for testing.

As much as we want to gather with friends and family and engage in social activities, now is the time to adhere to public health guidelines to help mitigate the spread of the virus and reduce the activity level. Please continue to wear masks and social distance. This steady escalation of infection has the potential to put our health care system, businesses, community, and school system in jeopardy. If your family is traveling out-of-state for Thanksgiving, your child must quarantine for 14 days upon return. Public health guidance is subject to change based on the current situation.

I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

As always, the health and well-being of our students and staff are our most important priority.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Rota
Superintendent of Schools

Below are some resources that might also be helpful:

a. NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml

b. Get the Facts about Coronavirus: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

c. Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

d. Testing: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/index.html

https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing

e. How to Protect Yourself:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

f. What to Do if You Are Sick:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html