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.

Restricted Areas

Fayetteville-Manlius restricts the use of classrooms and other places where students, faculty, and staff gather (e.g., lockers, cubbies, entryways, hallways), so that individuals can be socially distanced. We are limiting gatherings in small spaces (e.g., elevators, faculty offices) to one individual at a time, unless all individuals in such space are wearing acceptable face coverings;

The district will have protocols in place to ensure that a distance of 12 feet in all directions will be maintained between individuals while participating in activities that require projecting the voice (e.g., singing), playing a wind instrument, or aerobic activity.

We are canceling all non-essential events and gatherings and looking to modify existing events to become virtual opportunities to the fullest extent possible.

We are severely limiting visitors to the schools. To start the school year, only parents/guardians picking up children may be allowed into the building. All must pass a temperature check conducted on the main office.

Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol detailing how the district/school will provide accommodations to all students and staff who are at high risk or live with a person at high risk.

As anticipated for the 2020-21 school year (by Executive Order), students that are medically vulnerable would be provided some form of remote learning if the parent/guardian is willing to sign up for this program for the entire year. For staff, existing contractual agreements would dictate what options those individuals have for taking extended leaves of absences, if needed, just as they would in other years (medical leave, parental leaves, etc.).

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District provides accommodations to students in the school community that are medically vulnerable or in high-risk groups, such as:

  • Providing daily remote instruction at parent/guardian request; and
  • Utilizing protective desk shields/barriers around student desk work stations whenever practicable.

For families with special needs or students who are medically fragile and may not be able to maintain social distancing, hand or respiratory hygiene, or wear a face covering or mask, it is important for parents/ guardians to work with their child’s healthcare providers so that an informed decision can be made on how best to meet the child’s needs at school while protecting their health and safety and the health and safety of the staff. Parents/Guardians should contact their child’s principal so the district can coordinate accommodations for the child.

The district will coordinate with:

      • School health services personnel
      • Special education personnel
      • Pupil personnel services 
      • Administration

Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol requiring all employees, adult visitors, and students to wear a cloth face covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Fayetteville-Manlius follows OSHA COVID-19 guidance for its employees along with the guidance put forth by the CDC in partnership with our local county health department.
  • Fayetteville-Manlius is ensuring it has adequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) by working through cooperative purchases through Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES and collaborating with local health departments and the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management.
  • Fayetteville-Manlius requires all individuals in school facilities and on school grounds to put on a face covering if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance.

All students and staff members must wear cloth face coverings:

  • Inside of the classrooms and school building;
  • Whenever they are within six feet of someone;
  • In hallways;
  • In restrooms; and
  • In other congregate settings, including buses.

Fayetteville-Manlius provides acceptable face coverings to employees (and students if they forget their own) and has an adequate supply in case of need or replacement per Executive Order 202.16.

Fayetteville-Manlius does allow employees to wear their own acceptable face coverings. For employees with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate a face covering, the district cannot require that person to wear a face covering.

Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings, such as school. If this is required, then students will be given multiple breaks in both the morning and afternoon to go to a location where social distancing can occur and remove their masks for a break.

Face coverings should not be placed on:

  • Children younger than two years old;
  • Students where such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction;
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious; or
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

Fayetteville-Manlius provides instruction and written correspondence to all students, parents/guardians and staff, contractors and vendors on:

  • The proper way to wear face coverings;
  • Washing hands before putting on and after removing their face covering;
  • Proper way to discard disposable face coverings;
  • The importance of routine cleaning of reusable face coverings; and
  • Face coverings are for individual use only and should not be shared.

Please note: Students and staff may use alternate PPE (i.e., face coverings that are transparent at or around the mouth) for instruction or interventions that require visualization of the movement of the lips and/or mouths (e.g., speech therapy). These alternate coverings may also be used for certain students (e.g., hearing impaired) who benefit from being able to see more of the face of the staff member.

At the onset of this plan, it is expected that all individuals within the school, whether socially-distanced or not, will be required to wear face coverings for extended periods of time. Exclusions would be during lunch and during mandated mask removal times. In these two cases, social distancing of 6 feet or greater must be adhered to for compliance.

Each school and/or district reopening plan has a plan for obtaining and maintaining adequate supplies of cloth face coverings for school staff, students who forget their masks.

Fayetteville-Manlius is ensuring it has adequate supplies of PPE by working through cooperative purchases through Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, collaborating with our local county health department and the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management.

Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol for actions to be taken if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school.

Fayetteville-Manlius requires that students and staff with symptoms of illness must be sent to the health office where the school nurse is available to assess individuals.

If the school nurse is not available, the building administrator (or designee) will have to isolate and dismiss any student or staff member who has a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 that are not explained by a chronic health condition for follow up with a health care provider. 

Fayetteville-Manlius CSD will adhere to Education Law § 906, which provides whenever…a student in the public schools shows symptoms of any communicable or infectious disease reportable under the public health law that imposes a significant risk of infection of others in the school, he or she shall be excluded from the school and sent home immediately, in a safe and proper conveyance. The director of school health services shall immediately notify a local public health agency of any disease reportable under the public health law. The director of school health services, or other health professionals acting upon direction or referral of such director, may make such evaluations of teachers and any other school employees, school buildings and premises as, in their discretion, they may deem necessary to protect the health of the students and staff.

Effective February 1, 2020, the 2019-Novel Coronavirus was added to the Public Health Law as a significant threat to public health, and the state Commissioner of Health designated 2019-Novel Coronavirus as a communicable disease under 10 NYCRR Section 2.1. To that end, Fayetteville-Manlius requires school staff immediately report any illness of students or staff to the school nurse or other designated school staff. Such reports are made in compliance with FERPA and Education Law 2-d.

Students suspected of having COVID-19 awaiting transport home by the parent/guardian will be isolated in a room or area separate from others, with a supervising adult present utilizing appropriate PPE. Multiple students suspected of COVID-19 may be in this isolation room if they can be separated by at least six feet.

In the event that there is a confirmed and or suspected case of COVID-19, the Fayetteville-Manlius CSD will take the following steps:

  • Closing off areas used by a sick person and not using these areas until after cleaning and disinfection has occurred;
  • Opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area;
  • Waiting at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfection. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible;
  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, such as offices, classrooms, bathrooms, lockers, and common areas;
  • Once the area has been appropriately cleaned and disinfected it can be reopened for use;
  • Individuals without close or proximate contact with the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 can return to the area and resume school activities immediately after cleaning and disinfection;
  • Fayetteville-Manlius refers to the DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” for information on “close and proximate” contacts;
  • If more than seven days have passed since the person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary, but routine cleaning and disinfection should continue; and
  • If a separate room is not available, Fayetteville-Manlius will ensure that the person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 keeps at least a 6-foot distance between ill students. If they cannot be isolated in a separate room from others, the district will provide a facemask (e.g., cloth or surgical mask) to the ill student if they can tolerate wearing it and does not have difficulty breathing,

To prevent the possible transmission of the virus to others while waiting for transportation home, the following steps will be taken:

  • Students should be escorted from isolation area to the parent/guardian;
  • The parent/guardian will be instructed to call their healthcare provider, or if they do not have a healthcare provider, to follow up with a local clinic or urgent care center;
  • Symptomatic students or staff members will follow CDC’s “Stay Home When You Are Sick” guidance unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider or the local department of health; 
  • If the student or staff member has emergency warning signs, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, Fayetteville-Manlius will call 911 and notify the operator that the person may have COVID-19;
  • Fayetteville-Manlius staff is aware of the symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, which is a serious condition associated with COVID-19 in children and youth. Employees should notify the parent/guardian if their child shows any of the following symptoms and recommend the child be referred for immediate follow up with a healthcare provider:
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired

Staff will call for emergency transport (911) in accordance with district policies. For example, Fayetteville-Manlius CSD officials will call for emergency transport for any student showing any of these warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe abdominal pain

If a student or staff member reports having tested positive for COVID-19, school administrators or his/her designee should notify the local county health department to determine what steps are needed for the school community.