Reopening F-M Schools

Fayetteville-Manlius School District 2020-21 School Reopening Plan; Hybrid/Remote Learning Information; COVID-19 Testing; Contact Tracing; Reopening Frequently Asked Questions

For COVID-19 information from the school district, including important notices, learning and childcare resources, and food distribution plans, please go to this page.

Daily Health & Temperature Screenings

Updated Sept. 21, 2020

Fayetteville-Manlius has a protocol for daily temperature screenings of all students and staff, along with a daily screening questionnaire for faculty and staff and periodic use of the questionnaire for students.

Staff

Staff will receive a daily email with a Google form that asks them to answer the following four questions in an effort to assist DOH officials in the event of contact tracing:

  • Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.00 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 14 days?
  • Have you traveled internationally or from a state with a widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York Travel Advisory in the past 14 days?

Students

Students will undergo a temperature screening, with a non-contact thermal thermometer, before attending in-person school each day. If the temperature is above 100.0 degrees (F), then the student will be rechecked using an oral disposable thermometer to ensure the accuracy of the temperature, before being sent home.

If your student has any COVID-19 symptoms* at home or any other signs or symptoms of illness that would preclude them from attending school, please do not send them into school. Please let the school nurse know and contact the student’s primary medical provider to begin the evaluation and testing process.

COVID-19 symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches/pain, cough, nasal congestion/runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, and/or new loss of taste or smell.

Please see “Return to School after Illness” in F-M’s reopening plan.

  • Fayetteville-Manlius requires that ill students and staff be assessed by the school nurse and all ill students and staff will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider.

When available, all students who are ill with any symptoms will be evaluated by the school nurse. If the nurse is not available, the student will be isolated (but monitored by an adult) and their parent/guardian will be called to pick the student up immediately. All families will be asked to contact their their private physician or their primary care provider to determine next steps. A note from a physician will be required before the student may return to school. This will be required for all students and is a change from previous years due to the COVID pandemic. Until such time that the student receives a release from their doctor, they may continue to receive instruction through remote learning (see the Teaching and Learning Section).

  • Fayetteville-Manlius requires all students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the Fayetteville-Manlius questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home.

Each of the district’s six school buildings will have an established isolation room that will be staffed by an aide assigned to support the school nurse. The isolation room will be used to house students or staff who show any of the CDC-published COVID-19 symptoms. This room will serve as a secured and isolated location until such time that a parent/guardian picks their child up. In the case of a staff member, they may choose to leave the building and drive themselves home as long as they are physically able.

To be clear, staff will complete the questionnaire prior to embarking for work. If they answer “yes” to any of the questions listed in Section 5 above, they will be told not to report to work and a message will automatically be sent to the building principal (or designee). As stated above, any student or staff member who is sent to the isolation room (and then sent home), or a staff member who is told not to come to work due to the questionnaire answers, may only return to school with a physician’s release.

  • Fayetteville-Manlius requires all visitors, guests, contractors, and vendors entering the school to follow all Fayetteville-Manlius health screening guidelines.

All non-staff members who visit an FMCSD school (parents/guardians, contractors, vendors, etc.) will be required to report to the school’s main office to answer the attestation statements on the sign in sheet and to self-check their temperature with a thermometer that will be available in each main office. There should be few building visitors this school year since parent visitations, guest speakers, and similar visitors to classrooms cannot occur until such time that new CDC/DOH guidelines are provided.

  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol to instruct parents/guardians to observe for signs of illness in their child that require staying home from school.

Template letters instructing parents/guardians to watch for signs of illness in their child that would require them to stay home from school will be developed with the school nurses, reviewed by the Chief School Physician, and then sent to all school buildings so that the letters can be distributed to families by the building principal and/or building nurses.

  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol and appropriate signage to instruct staff and students in correct hand and respiratory hygiene. 

Signage relating to correct hand sanitizing and respiratory hygiene will be prominently posted in all district buildings and displayed where students and staff will see them. Signage should be placed throughout hallways, at the school entrance, in all bathrooms, the main office, nurse’s office, and all classroom spaces. The district’s director of facilities will be responsible for providing signage so that the messages are consistent across the district.