05-04-20 - COVID-19

COVID -19 Update 5.4.2020
Posted on 05/04/2020

May 4, 2020

Hello Fort Lee Families,

Now it is official. Earlier today Governor Murphy announced that all schools in New Jersey will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. He did not mention any plans for summer school activities or the opening of schools in September.  This announcement brings up a great many questions that will  need to be answered. The teachers, staff and administrators of the school district will be working with the Board of Education to provide some of these answers. Unfortunately for some answers, we will still need more information from the Governor and Commissioner of Education. 

For all the students: Keep up the great work. It is important to maintain your focus on your school work. We are continuing to make the best of this situation and we need your participation. For parents: I encourage you to review the resources posted on the district’s website for educational and emotional support and activities. 

This week is “Teacher Appreciation Week”. It’s a great time to take a few minutes and let the teachers know how much they mean to the students and their families. 


  • 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 lower your guard. 

Activity Suggestion: Spring time seems to have finally arrived. Planting can be a great family activity. Whether it is a window box of flowers, herbs and vegetables or a garden plot, it can provide some hands on activity that will be a learning experience. 

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