County to conduct asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at F-M schools Jan. 25 and 26

As part of Onondaga County’s strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19 within schools, the county will provide asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for cohort A students and staff members at each Fayetteville-Manlius School District school next week. 

In December 2020, asymptomatic testing was offered to cohort B students and staff members as part of New York state’s yellow zone requirement. Two weeks ago, the county health department returned to provide asymptomatic testing for the faculty and staff in conjunction with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Onondaga County War Memorial/Oncenter.

Testing is voluntary, and parents and guardians will not be required to be present. The testing registration link is available on the county health department website and will be sent directly to families of cohort A students via SchoolMessenger. 

When registering, parents and guardians must identify the testing site as the school their child attends, and students can only participate if their regular day of in-person instruction falls on their school’s testing date (see below). Staff should choose the school where they are primarily based.

If at any time a parent or guardian wishes to rescind their consent, they may do so by contacting their child’s building principal before the time of the scheduled test.

Testing Schedule

Monday, Jan. 25 (Cohort A)

  • F-M High School: 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Eagle Hill Middle School: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Enders Road Elementary School: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 (Cohort A)

  • Wellwood Middle School: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Fayetteville Elementary School: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Mott Road Elementary School: 1:30-3 p.m.

Testing registration will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis until the allotted number of tests have been spoken for in a particular school building. 

The tests are shallow nasal swabs, and they will be administered at no cost. Results are known within 15-20 minutes. Anyone with a positive result will be sent home. 

Remote students and symptomatic individuals will not be tested as the county is looking to identify individuals in school settings who may be unaware that they have the virus. Remote students and symptomatic individuals interested in being tested may contact their health care provider or visit this website to find a testing location.