05-12-20 - COVID-19

COVID -19 Update 5.12.2020
Posted on 05/12/2020

May 12 2020

Good Morning Fort Lee Families,

First and foremost, let me say a belated Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. Thanks for all that you do for your children everyday. I hope that your family was able to celebrate you on Sunday. 

Dads, don’t feel bad your day is coming in June. 

This weekend, all school districts in New Jersey were notified by the Department of Education, with a      follow-up letter from the State Director of Emergency Management, that as per Executive Order No. 107, all high school graduations and other ceremonies, promotions, and events must be conducted virtually until the restrictions outlined in the order have been lifted. According to the directives we received on the evening of Friday, May 8, in-person activities are not permitted. The State Director of Emergency Management, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, stated, “In light of the components of Executive Order No. 107, and in the best interest of the health and safety of the public, in-person ceremonies, including graduations, all parades, including “wave parades,” that invite people to gather at a certain location, proms, and other similar celebrations violate the enumerated conditions of the order, and should, therefore, be canceled or postponed until such time as these restrictions are lifted. Until such time, virtual celebrations and other remote forms of recognition should take the place of any in- person or public ceremonies.”  Our school administrators are working to develop plans within these rules to make the end of the year a memorable experience.

While we are working on alternatives to our end-of-year activities and proceeding with meaningful remote instruction, it is important that you know district staff and administrators are also planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Whether we have a regular opening, a remote learning opening, or a hybrid instructional program, we will be prepared. What the start of school looks like will be dependent on public health directives provided at that time. The primary factor driving this will be the health and safety of our students and staff. 

The Board of Education is presently considering several options for a possible revision to the end of the year school calendar. When a decision is made, you will be informed.

Thanks for all the great  “Teacher Appreciation Week” videos and messages. They sent a great message to the staff.


  • 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. 
  • Sign up for the municipal alerts through the nixle alert notice system at nixle.com or by texting 07024 to 888777.
  • Don’t forget to complete and submit the census information.

REMINDER:  Maintain your social distancing. It is working, but it’s not over yet. Don’t let the nice weather or the snow and hail change your commitment. 

Activity Suggestion: There seems to be debate as to whether or not spring time has actually arrived. Last weekend’s weather challenged  the spring thaw. Another possible activity is to create a “family tree” with your children. Show them who they are and where their family comes from. If you have old family photos, break them out to share. 

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

Stay home and stay safe.  

We will get through this,  TOGETHER.


Kenneth Rota

Superintendent of Schools