03-31-20 - COVID-19

UPDATE 03-31-2020 ON COVID-19
Posted on 03/31/2020

March 31, 2020

Hello Fort Lee Families,

I hope that you all were able to wind down and catch your breath during the past weekend. Week three is underway. 

Reminder: The Fort Lee schools will be closed next week (3/30 - 4/3) and the following week (4/6 - 4/9). Beginning on Friday, April 10, the schools will be on spring break, as scheduled. The spring break will be a school recess. There will not be any instruction or assignments during the break. Spring break ends on Friday, April 17.  As for now, I am not making any recommendation to the BOE regarding cancelling the spring break. I believe that we all (parents, students, and teachers) could use a break. This is due not only to the academic work, but also from the stress we are all experiencing.  

Additionally, we will all have had four weeks of adjusting and adapting to our new situation. We are in our third week of stressful local, state, national, and international news along with a new education instruction model. The spring break will be time for us to strategize about our family schedules, make adjustments, and recharge our batteries. 

A few reminders  to stay positive, keep learning, and stay in touch.:

  • Develop a working routine and stick to it, as best as possible. Routines provide comfort. 

  • Make time to be creative. Write, draw, paint, dance, sing, be sure to use that side of your brain as well. 

  • Limit time viewing the news. It can be overwhelming.

  • Get outside and stay as active as possible.

  • Focus on what you have and are grateful for.

If a staff member or student is confirmed to have the virus, the local health department will investigate and determine who needs to be notified.  If you hear about someone or have someone sick in your family, please understand that you will be notified by the Health Department if they feel there is a public health issue. 

REMINDER:  Practice social distancing. It is proven that it will work to lessen the spread of COVID-19.  Please remind your children that the closures and social distancing measures are in place to protect everyone, and it is vital that everyone adhere to the restrictions issued. As the number of positive test results increases, this becomes more important.

Suggestion for activities:  Take a trip, virtually of course, to a museum. There are hundreds of possibilities, which can address any interest. My personal favorites are the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Museum of American History. Check out travel.usatoday.com for some information. 

This weekend, my wife spent time looking through photo albums/pictures. It is a great way to revisit many favorites memories.  If you come across some “classic” photos (proms/weddings/vacations/etc.) share them with your family and friends who could use a smile. 

Don’t forget to support the local merchants, if possible. They provide so much support for us during the school year.  Order some take out food if you can. It’s a great excuse for not cooking.

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

One of our school district nurses provided the link below regarding how to clean and disinfect your home. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

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.

Don’t forget the census: Fill out the Census online at https://my2020census.gov/  or you can respond by phone at 844-330-2020.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts and cooperation.  We will get through this,  TOGETHER.


Kenneth Rota

Superintendent of Schools