FAIR LAWN, NJ - Fair Lawn Schools are preparing a contingency plan in the event the district closes in order to contain the spread of transmission of coronavirus, although there are currently no known cases in Fair Lawn Schools.

Superintendent Nicholas Norcia put out a letter yesterday informing the public of how the district is handling the news of the coronavirus epidemic, especially since Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency.

The district has assembled a Fair Lawn Coronavirus Leadership Team which has been meeting "to prepare a contingency plan in the event that schools MAY close to contain the spread of transmission of the Coronavirus."

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"To date, we have no known cases of the Coronavirus in Fair Lawn Schools," Norcia said. "Please be aware that, as per the New Jersey Department of Education, only the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Fair Lawn Department of Health have the authority to close schools for public health-related reasons in order for us to meet the 180-day state mandate."

More from Norcia

"Over the last few days, our team has been working diligently on a two-week contingency plan on how to translate our classes into remote learning at home and maintaining the same daily school routine. Home instruction, if implemented, will count toward the requirement to provide 180 days of instruction. We anticipate posting these long-term lesson plans on our district and school websites, as well as Google Classroom for teachers who currently collaborate with students using this educational platform. Again, should a contingency plan go into effect, more information will be provided to you in the future on home instruction. 

We are also asking that you please participate in a brief survey so that we can gather information about the availability of home devices and internet access. Click here to access the survey: 

https://forms.gle/3CPCP9CXe3hcZVcA9

We continue to stay abreast of the information coming from the New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control regarding the need for school closures or trip cancellations. In the event the New Jersey Department of Health mandates a school closure, the district will communicate further instructions. 

We will continue to monitor the status of school trips, large school gatherings and out-of-district staff development on an individual basis. In response to recommendations by the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to limit social contact, the district has reviewed upcoming events that were to bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together, as well as upcoming field trips. It has been determined that the following postponements/cancellations are necessary: 

  • College Board SATs at Fair Lawn High School on March 14th - Cancelled
  • “Seussical the Musical” at Thomas Jefferson Middle School from March 13th – 14th - Postponed until April.
  • FLHS Spanish Class Trips to Repertorio Espanol Theatre in NYC on March 12th – Cancelled 

According to the NJDOH, household members of people who are self-monitoring do not need to stay home or restrict their movements. This includes children, who may attend school. Remember, the person who is self-monitoring should use a separate bedroom and, if possible, a separate bathroom, during this 14-day period. They should also have minimal contact with other persons and pets in the home. 

That said, we continue to encourage you to stay home if you are sick, continue to practice preventative measures - coughing into a tissue and throwing it away, washing your hands, etc. - and follow the recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control.