Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Welcome

Dear Staff, Parents, Guardians, and Students:

As we speed toward Phase III of of our reopening plan we are optimistic about our progress with our Hybrid model and Remote learners. I am very proud of the way our teachers & staff have been working so diligently to help our students move forward academically. I give "hat's off" to our parents, who have been called to duty to supplement the role of "teacher" during this trying time! Our "live" hybrid students have been doing well acclimating to the new normal in education.

Phase III is actually becoming Phase II/III; as we are moving at a more cautious speed to full re-opening. I am looking at bringing in students on Wednesdays starting in December with Phase IV. A lot will depend on the health situation and the containment of the virus. I look forward to the day when we will be open for regular business hours; but until that occurs, we will continue to provide the best education possible.

Remember, if someone in your family is sick, please keep your children home. If someone in your immediate family is diagnosed with Covid-19, please call the school immediately,    201-641-6192 x 1405, the School Nurse, (Mrs. Espinoza), quarantine your child(ren) for 14 days, and monitor for symptoms. If your child displays any Covid symptoms within 3-5 days of exposure, immediate call the Nurse and have your child tested. We have to work together to keep the environment safe & germ free!

We continue to clean & disinfect on a daily basis. Windows are open to let fresh air flow freely throughout the building. Our HVAC system now flows 25% fresh air through the system, up from the previous 10%. We are doing everything possible to make sure our school environment is safe!! I thank you for your continued support and I am working to get us back to some sense of normalcy.

The children of Little Ferry are fortunate to have the best teachers both at home and at school! I have never seen a community with more heart when it comes to working for a better tomorrow for our children. Please check our website often for more updates at

Mr. Frank R. Scarafile

Superintendent of Schools


Official Statement 
Closing of Washington School
Frank R. Scarafile - Superintendent of Schools

March 27, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian/Stakeholder,

Last night the Board of Education approved a plan brought forth by administration to formally apply to the state to close Washington School. Built in 1914, Washington School has housed our 1st & 2nd Graders for the past twenty-five years. Over time, the building structure has deteriorated to the point that it needs over 1.5 million dollars in new roofing, re-doing ceilings, and fixing air-conditioning and heating. That is without any other emergency items that crop up. The bottom line is that we are closing the building for ‘Health & Safety Reasons.”

At this juncture, the Board of Education has to get the permission from the New Jersey Department of Education to close the building and allow us to put up a brand new, temporary, modular structure in the rear of Memorial School. This building will service our Pre-K classes, as well as our 7th & 8th Graders.

We plan to have a community meeting in mid-May, to give everyone the information necessary to make this transition seamless. There is a plan for a referendum on building a new Elementary School. We look forward to your comments and input during this transition. Again, I thank you for your trust in my judgement and leadership to make our school district the best it can be!

Click here for the official letter from Mr. Scarafile.

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