04-02-20 - COVID-19

UPDATE 04-02-2020 ON COVID-19
Posted on 04/02/2020

April 2, 2020

Good Afternoon  Fort Lee Families,

I heard some interesting April Fool’s rumors yesterday, “all students will need to repeat this school year,” “the new school year will begin in July rather than September.” No truth to any of these, but the rumors do keep it interesting.

Yesterday a colleague of mine shared a poem. I feel that it is incredibly appropriate and so I am sharing with you. This poem Irish Poet, Kathleen O’Meara, was written in 1869 after a plague devastated Ireland. As you read it, you will probably feel like it could have been written today.   


  And people stayed home,

 and read books and listened,

 and rested and exercised,

 and made art and played, and learned new ways of being,

 and stopped

 and listened deeper

   someone meditated

 someone prayed

 someone danced

 someone met their shadow

  and the people began to think differently,

 and people healed,

 and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,

 dangerous, meaningless, and heartless,

 even the earth began to heal

  And when the danger ended,

 and people found each other,

 grieved for the dead people,

 and they made new choices,

 and dreamed of new visions,

 and created new ways of life,

 and heal the earth completely,

 just as they were healed themselves

  Kathleen O ' Meara (1869)

Reminder:  Beginning on Friday, April 10, the schools will be on spring break. 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.   

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:  On the district website, under the “COVID-19 “ tab, under the “Resources for Parents and Families” heading,  is an extremely comprehensive list of links for virtual trips, games, puzzles, learning activities on almost every topic. Take a few minutes to check it out. 

The weather is questionable for tomorrow and  weekend, so time to break out the Monopoly board. Those games can last quite a while.

 Don’t forget to support the local merchants, if possible. They provide so much support for us during the school year. If you feel comfortable, order some take out food. Many restaurants are offering curbside pickup and delivery. Here are some helpful tips (www.today.com) if you want something besides a home-cooked meal: 

  • Order from a restaurant you trust

  • Order directly from the restaurant when possible

  • Opt for contactless delivery or pick up

  • Discard all packaging

  • Don’t share, and wash your hands before and after

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.

Stay home and stay safe.  We will get through this,  TOGETHER.


Kenneth Rota

Superintendent of Schools