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

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Social Emotional Well-Being

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s comprehensive school counseling program promotes the development of a positive school climate where students are empowered to meet their academic, personal and career goals and achieve their highest potential. The district encourages student self-advocacy, accountability, and excellence in character and partners with families, other educators and the greater school community to advocate for equity and access for all students.

Each school and district ensures that district-wide and building-level comprehensive developmental school counseling program plans, developed under the direction of certified school counselor(s), are reviewed and updated to meet current needs. 

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District school counseling team includes 14 certified school counselors and three family-school liaisons who support the academic, social-emotional and career development of all students in kindergarten through grade 12. A comprehensive school counseling plan was developed in the summer of 2019 and is available on the district website.

Dependant upon the model of instruction in place, the following strategies will be used to meet students’ needs:

  • If in school, school counselors will meet with students individually, in small groups, in classroom settings and in large groups. 
  • If in a hybrid instructional model, school counselors will interact with students in-person, although large group instruction will be broken down into smaller groups to maintain social distance. There will be opportunities for students to meet virtually on days that they are not in school.
  • In a remote instructional model, counselors will make routine and periodic contact via email correspondence, teleconferencing, and/or phone calls in an effort to monitor student progress.

Each school and/or district establishes an advisory council, shared decision-making, school climate team, or other collaborative working group comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, or school’s board, school building and/or district/charter leaders, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers including school social workers and/or school psychologists, to inform the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan. 

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District has an advisory council called the School Counseling Partnership Committee (SCPC). The committee reviews the overall program, annual goals and data in order to make recommendations and provide advocacy to the school counseling program. The SCPC last met on Nov. 6, 2019, and will meet no less than two times during the 2020-2021 school year. In addition to school counselors, the committee includes representatives from: faculty, school and district administration, parents, Board of Education, BOCES, higher education faculty, college admissions, local business and community agencies, therapists, and the Manlius Police Department.

  • If in school, the SCPC will meet in person in November and in May.
  • If in a hybrid instructional model, the SCPC will meet in person in November and May and will provide virtual access for any members who are not comfortable being in person.
  • If in a remote instructional model, the SCPC will meet virtually in November and May.

Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses how the school/district will provide resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional support services and programs.

School counselors provide resources and referrals for mental health, behavioral and emotional support services to students and families regularly throughout the school year. School counselors, school psychologists and family-school liaisons make such referrals. 

Dependant upon the model of instruction in place, the following strategies will be used to meet students’ needs: 

  • If in school, referrals will be provided during in-person parent/guardian meetings, by phone and/or by email.
  • If in a hybrid instructional model, referrals will be provided during in-person or virtual parent/guardian meetings, by phone and/or by email.
  • If in a remote instructional  model, referrals will be provided in a virtual parent meeting, by phone and/or by email.

Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as to provide support for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff.

School counselors, family-school liaisons and school psychologists provide professional development to staff to support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. Strategies and resources are shared on professional development days and during faculty meetings when in school and will be provided electronically if in a virtual or hybrid model.

School counselors, family-school liaisons and school psychologists support the social-emotional wellbeing of students, faculty and staff during one-to-one meetings or in small group settings. If in school, these meetings and groups happen in-person. If in a hybrid instructional model, the skills will be taught during in-person or virtual counseling sessions. If in a remote instructional model, the skills will be taught in a virtual counseling session. The district’s website and Schoology are used to communicate contact information for local, regional, state and national resources, such as the New York State Office of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline so students, families, faculty and staff have access to help 24-7.