Be prepared for inclement weather school closures and delays

There’s no denying it: Winter weather is here. 

Now is a good time to become familiar with how the Fayetteville-Manlius School District communicates about emergency school closings, delays and early dismissals.

The superintendent uses SchoolMessenger to notify parents, guardians and district staff members of emergency school closings, delays and early dismissals. The system generates an automated phone call, email message – if an email address has been provided to the district – and a text message for those parents, guardians and staff members who have opted in to the SchoolMessenger text message service.

If parents or guardians are unsure whether the district has their correct email or phone numbers on file, they should contact their child’s main office.

The district website and local news media will serve as backup notification systems and as a notification source for non-parents or community organizations. 

It is best to rely on more than one source of information when it comes to weather-related announcements. This is particularly true in situations that involve power outages, which can affect the district’s ability to send electronic notifications.

The district will share school closing and delay information with the following local news media: Spectrum News (Channel 10), CNYCentral (channels 3 and 5); LocalSYR, (TV channel 9), and

The district does not use social media to notify the public of an emergency closing or delay since the district cannot control the time frame in which those notifications reach subscribers.

When there is inclement weather, the decision to dismiss early, delay opening or close school is based on the superintendent’s discussions with the F-M transportation director and the latest weather predictions. Unless otherwise noted, all scheduled activities at F-M schools are canceled on the days school is closed or closes early.