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March 16, 2020 7:27 PM

COVID-19 Letter from FLBOE Superintendent Ken Rota

March 16, 2020

Dear Fort Lee Families,

Good Morning. Today is the first day of our online/virtual instruction process. This is a new experience for all involved, students, parents, staff and administrators. I am asking for patience as we work through this process. Please support your students as they begin their activities.

It is critical that everyone in the community sign up for the nixle alert notice system at nixle.com or by texting 07024 to 888777. Please do this immediately so that you can get vital notifications and information about the borough as it pertains to this public health crisis. Information about our schools as it relates to this emergency will come directly from the school district. Instructional information will be sent from the teachers and your child’s school. Additionally, I will be sending email notices to keep you up-to-date and informed. Please check the borough and school district websites.

This is a serious public health emergency and we need everyone to follow all of the guidance being issued. Simply do not congregate. Our schools, fields and playgrounds are closed. No one is to be gathering on school property. Our students should not be congregating in town. Parents have shared concerns about kids having get-togethers or play dates during this period of school closure and virtual learning. Parents, please step in and say no. Getting together must not happen. The quicker we halt the spread of this virus, the sooner we can get back to normal.

When this is over, we all have to make sure we support our local businesses because they have been supporting us generously. They will suffer due to this closure.

While you have time, visit the Census 2020 website at 2020census.gov and get familiar with the information. You may have already received your invitation to participate in the mail. I urge you to take a few minutes to complete the census online, by mail, or by phone. This is also a great opportunity to talk to your child about the importance of the census.

If you haven’t started, engage in family activities such as playing board or card games at home. Amazon still delivers. If you really want to have a laugh and get frustrated, have your child teach you how to play a video game.

Other things you can do (not my original ideas):

• Exercise (a great stress reliever!)
• Binge-watch shows
• Read a book with your kids or read aloud to your kids
• Virtually visit someplace you want to see
• Experiment with a recipe
• Play a game
• Listen to music
• Connect with your kids
• Set up a place and time for your child to learn virtually

Visit your family and friends through FaceTime or some other “face to face” application. Get into a routine, and please make sure you or your kids do not go out to meet other people in person.

We are working with our food service provider to continue to provide meals for those students eligible for free and/or reduced lunch should a closure occur. Details have been shared directly with those families.

We are reminding our parents and students of CDC instructions regarding self-quarantine:

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.

- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.

- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.

- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.

- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this challenging time. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Rota
Superintendent of Schools

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