Very High Level 11.25.20

Very High Level 11.25.20
Posted on 11/25/2020

November 25,  2020

Dear Fort Lee Families,

On Tuesday, November 24, an email was sent from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Bergen County Executive County Superintendent of Schools to all district Superintendents. The email stated that if the COVID-19 Activity Level Index  (CALI) increases to the Very High (red) level, all districts are to transition to 100% remote instruction for all students.

If this level is reached, all Fort Lee Schools will switch to all remote instruction for all students. The district continues to monitor the ongoing situation in our community. These decisions are subject to change as the situation dictates. We are in regular communication with the Fort Lee Health Department regarding the ongoing situation.

If Fort Lee Schools are required to switch to 100% remote instruction for all students, you will receive a separate communication from my office.

If the change is necessary, you will receive more specific information regarding the instruction model will be provided by the school administration.

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

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.    

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


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:

b. Get the Facts about Coronavirus:

c. Symptoms of COVID-19:

d. Testing:

e. How to Protect Yourself:

f. What to Do if You Are Sick: