COVID-19 planning, response and information

Page Index

Let’s Talk!

Return to School After Illness

Remote Instruction

Weekly COVID-19 Reporting

Recent COVID-19 communications

As the situation regarding COVID-19 evolves, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District continues to monitor all guidance from local, state and federal agencies.  The district is following a universal face mask policy for everyone indoors regardless of their vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors. 

The 2021-22 School Reopening Plan details other COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 

Let’s Talk!

The district is aware that many in the community have questions or concerns related to how COVID-19 is effecting school operations. To address these questions and concerns, the district’s Let’s Talk! platform, which is a web-based, two-way communications tool that allows anyone to share concerns or questions with district administrators at any time, is open. 

The interactive software is designed to streamline conversations and is not intended to be used for communicating urgent messages. If you have an urgent question or concern, please contact your child’s school. 

Let’s Talk!

Return to School After Illness

Fayetteville-Manlius follows the guidance in the New York State Department of Health Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit when determining if a child can attend school and when staff can go to work. Please refer to the toolkit for help in determining if your child can attend school or return to school after an illness. 

If your child needs a COVID-19 test, please refer to the Onondaga County COVID-19 Testing website.

Remote Instruction

The district does not have the staff capacity to offer a remote instruction model for 2021-22; however, to accommodate parents and guardians who have concerns about sending their students to school for in-person instruction because of their student’s health status, the district is partnering with OCM BOCES to offer remote instruction.

It is anticipated that students meeting the enrollment eligibility will be placed in the BOCES program for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year. To be eligible for the BOCES program, students must have a signed physician statement indicating that the student cannot return to in-person school due to a documented, pre-existing medical condition.

Questions regarding remote instruction through BOCES may be directed to Amy Evans, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, at aevans@fmschools.org or 315-692-1203.

Families considering homeschooling may contact Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Mary Coughlin at mcoughlin@fmschools.org or 315-692-1202.

Weekly COVID-19 Reporting

The district will share weekly on its website the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported to the district, including how many students and staff are quarantined as a result of each positive case and in which building the individual who tested positive is based. 

To reduce the number of emails the district is sending to families, the district will only directly contact those staff members and families of those students who contact tracing determines need to quarantine. If a positive case impacts school operations, the greater school community will be notified via SchoolMessenger and information will be shared in the news section of the website. 

Staff, students’ families and community members may check the chart below at any time to see the number of students or staff reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. If there are no reported cases in a particular week, there will not be an entry for that week in the chart below.

Any individuals who test positive, and any other students and staff members contact tracing determined were exposed, will not return to school or athletics until Onondaga County provides clearance for them to do so. Due to privacy laws, the district will not provide any identifying information about individuals who test positive or about those who may have been exposed.

Week Ending Sept. 17, 2021

  • Building: Mott Road; Constituent Type: Student; District Notified: 9-12-21; Date Last in School: 9-10-21; 4 Students/0 Staff quarantined  
  • Building: Mott Road; Constituent Type: Student; District Notified: 9-10-21; Date Last in School: Not in 2021-22; 0 Students/0 Staff quarantined  
  • Building: Fayetteville Elementary; Constituent Type: Student; District Notified: 9-8-21; Date Last in School: Not in 2021-22; 0 Students/0 Staff quarantined  
  • Building: F-M High School; Constituent Type: Student; District Notified: 9-14-21; Date Last in School: 9-10-21; 0 Students/0 Staff quarantined  
  • Building: Mott Road; Constituent Type: Student; District Notified: 9-17-21; Date Last in School: 9-14-21;  8 Students/0 Staff quarantined 

Recent COVID-19 communications  

Below are the district’s most recent communications regarding COVID-19, and to the right are COVID-19 related links.

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

September 2021

Sept. 16, 2021: Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 surveillance testing

Sept. 14, 2021: District updates families about COVID-19 surveillance testing program

August 2021

Aug. 18, 2021: Face masks will be required indoors on F-M school grounds; reopening plan to be presented Sept. 2

Aug. 11, 2021: F-M schools will resume five-day in-person instruction in September

July 2021

July 8, 2021: Board discusses school reopening plans

June 2021

June 30, 2021: High school student tests positive for COVID-19

June 22, 2021: Staff member tests positive for COVID-19

June 8, 2021: COVID-19 update: Face coverings no longer required outside on school grounds

June 6, 2021: COVID-19 update: Face covering requirements remain in place