- Each school and/or district reopening plan must review and consider the number of students and staff allowed to return in person.
Like all districts in New York, three models have been considered for the start of the 2020-21 school year. They are:
- Full in-person learning: all students on campus
- Hybrid learning: 50% of the students on campus
- Remote Learning: No students on campus
It is assumed that the school year may ebb and flow between any, or all, of these models based on a number of factors, including local infection rates, hospital capacity in the region and the state’s Department of Health and Education Department social distancing requirements (as they change and evolve). Current DOH guidelines call for social distancing of six feet between all students in classrooms and six feet between students on buses. This guideline severely limits the number of students who can be in a school building at any given time. If these requirements change throughout the school year, the model may change as well.
- Each school and/or district reopening plan must engage with school stakeholders and community members (e.g., administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians of students, local health departments, local health care providers, and affiliated organizations, such as unions, alumni, and/or community-based groups) in developing their reopening plan and identify those that participated in the reopening plans.
The FMCSD administration has been developing broad ideas in the three areas above since May. The following stakeholders have been involved:
- Fayetteville-Manlius Teachers Association: Multiple meetings with the FMTA president and teachers as members of the building-level advisory committees
- Parents/Guardians: Parent survey and parent representatives on advisory committee
- Building- and District-Level Administrators: Administrative meetings, advisory committee
- Nurses: Health and safety meetings, advisory committee
- Chief School Physician: Phone consult, Medical Review Board member
- Community Physicians: Medical Review Board
- Board of Education Members: Board of Education meetings, advisory committees
These stakeholders will continue to be called on even after this plan is posted as district officials expect information from the Department of Health, State Education Department, and the Governor’s office to continue to change and evolve throughout the school year.
- Each school and/or district reopening plan must include a communications plan for students, parents/guardians, staff, and visitors that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide individuals with information.
Fayetteville-Manlius Central Schools utilized the Fayetteville-Manlius communication plan identified in the Communication/Family Engagement Section of this document.
In addition, the school nurses are developing templates and protocols to assist staff in the training of students on hand washing hygiene, social distancing, and mask wearing. Additionally, the Safeschools online training platform may be used to assist in these training sessions.
- Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol developed in collaboration with the district or school’s director of school health services to instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff and requires symptomatic persons to be sent to the school nurse or other designated personnel.
Training for all staff to observe the signs of illness will be conducted (with written communication as well) during the first week in September. All students showing any signs of illness, as is consistent with past practice, will be sent (wearing a mask) to the nurse’s office. The nurse will determine whether the student will need to go to an isolation room while the parent/guardian is called to immediately pick up their child. The parent/guardian will be expected (and required) to immediately pick up the child (who is in the isolation room) from school when called.
The state Education Department’s guidelines state that all staff should be educated to observe students or other staff members for any type of illness, such as:
- Flushed cheeks;
- Rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity);
- Fatigue, and/or irritability; and
- Frequent use of the bathroom