06-24-20 - COVID-19

COVID -19 Update 6.24.2020
Posted on 06/24/2020

June 24,  2020

Good Morning Fort Lee Families,

Today is the last day of school for the 2019-20 school year. Usually a day with a mix of happiness and sadness for a number of reasons. This year, I feel that the emotions are a little different. 

I am proud of the work that our students have accomplished during the past months. They adjusted quickly to remote learning and did their best to maintain what they had begun in September. I know that your teachers are proud of you and will miss the traditional end of year send offs.

I am proud of our staff for their efforts during this challenging time. They went above and beyond in their efforts to re-educate themselves and learn new skills to meet the needs of their students. I also know that the teachers have missed the personal, daily interaction with their students that is at the core of being an educator.

I am thankful to the parents and families for their patience and understanding during the last three and one half months. Many things have changed and many adjustments needed to be made to your daily lives. The resiliency demonstrated by our students, staff and their families has been amazing to experience.

While school districts have received some updated directions from the Governor’s office, we are still waiting for direct information from the Governor’ office and the NJDOE regarding the re-opening of schools in September. There are multiple possibilities: a regular school opening with some accommodations; a fully remote learning opening; or a hybrid instructional program, which may combine part time in-person and part time remote learning for students. What the start of school looks like will be dependent on public health directives provided by the Governor’s Office and the Department of Education. The primary factor driving this must be the health and safety of our students and staff. For now, we are preparing for all three options.

Be assured that if/when information is available and a plan has been developed, it will be communicated to you as quickly as possible through email, voicemail and the district website.


  • 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.  The information sent out is more than just COVID 19 related.
  • Don’t forget to complete and submit the census information.

REMINDER:  Maintain your social distancing and mask wearing.  These rules are still in place. 


Please find the updated goggle doc link below to the Community Mental Health Resource List:



The Red Cross is in need of blood and platelet donations. Please donate if you can. https://www.redcrossblood.org/

Activity Suggestion: Enjoy your summer. I hope that you all have the opportunity to relax and spend some time in your favorite recreational activities. I know that I am looking forward to some “down time” to review and reflect on this past year.

I hope that you stay healthy and stay safe.  I wish you all a restful and peaceful summer break. I will see some of you at our graduation ceremony. 

TOGETHER. The Fort Lee school community came together and showed the spirit that makes Fort Lee a special place to be.


Kenneth Rota

Superintendent of Schools