04-09-20 - COVID-19

UPDATE 04-09-2020 ON COVID-19
Posted on 04/09/2020

April 9, 2020

Hello Fort Lee Families,

Let me start by saying congratulations on your efforts to learn and live in our new situation. Today marks the end of week four. The teachers are very proud of the efforts the students are consistently putting in. I am proud of the efforts that our teachers and staff are making. Keep up the great work! 

Recently, Governor Murphy and Education Commissioner Repollet restated that the reopening of schools will not be revisited until April 18. The Governor did state that he believes that the need for social distancing procedures will be continued into May. I will do my best to keep you informed on any new developments. 

One new, positive development is that the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), NJTV, and the New Jersey Education Association are pleased to launch NJTV Learning Live. This is an initiative designed to support student learning during the statewide school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each weekday, children throughout New Jersey can tune into NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, for NJTV Learning Live, which features lessons based on New Jersey Student Learning Standards and taught by New Jersey teachers. The program began airing on Monday, April 6, 2020. Each weekday, NJTV offers four one-hour lessons for grades three through six. Subjects include English language arts, math, science, social studies, and a “special,” such as art, music or physical education. Each week there will be lessons taught by English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Learners (ELL) teachers, as well as special education teachers. As the programming continues, additional world language and American Sign Language lessons will be integrated into the program.

The NJEA is assisting with outreach to educators and NJTV is providing its services to produce and broadcast the programs (locate your local channel on NJTV’s “Where to Watch” webpage). The on-air classroom lessons will be livestreamed and archived on the network’s website, NJTVonline.org. 


  • If you and your family are in need of any kind of support (food, household supplies, emotional or physical assistance), please contact the Fort Lee COVID-19 call center at 201- 592-3500 extension 1700. The Office of Emergency Management is monitoring these calls. 

  • Spring Break begins on Friday, April 10. There will not be any instruction or assignments during the break. Spring break ends on Friday, April 17.   

REMINDER:  Maintain the practice of social distancing. It is working, but we still have a long way to go. 

Activity Suggestion: Dust off your tent and have a sleep out in the yard. If you can’t do that, break out the blankets and pillows and build a “fort” in the living room. While the kids are building, plan a scavenger hunt in your home. You can engage any age with the appropriate challenges.

The Red Cross is alerting everyone to blood and platelet shortage. Please donate if you can. https://www.redcrossblood.org/

Reminder: Sign up for the municipal alerts through the nixle alert notice system at nixle.com or by texting 07024 to 888777. Mayor Sokolich and his team are doing a great job of keeping all of us informed.

For those of you in the midst of religious holidays, I hope that you have a peaceful and meaningful holiday with your families.

Enjoy the break and some “down” time. My wife’s plan is to relax by cleaning out the garage (yeah).

Stay home and stay safe.  

We will get through this,  TOGETHER.


Kenneth Rota

Superintendent of Schools