Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 

All Fayetteville-Manlius schools are closed until April 14 for classes and all extracurricular activities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for our students, staff and community. 

Below are some questions and answers about what this closure means for our schools. The community is encouraged to use the district’s Let’s Talk! platform to submit questions. Questions that would be of interest to many in the school community will be included below.


March 18

Is the administration looking into the possibility of getting refunds for the overnight trips that have been canceled?

School officials are looking into the possibility of whether refunds will be honored by airline carriers, hotels, theme parks and motorcoach bus companies. Administrators will be in touch with families in the near future to share what they find out from the vendors and/or travel agents who helped organize the trips.

What will online instruction look like in the days ahead?

Online learning begins Thursday, March 19, with teachers and students using the Schoology learning management system platform. Online instruction may be synchronous (occurring at the same time) or asynchronous (delayed and not existing or happening at the same time) in its delivery. The preferred modality is entirely up to each individual faculty member depending upon the course and/or the content of the unit of study.

Will the school year be extended?  Will exams be canceled or postponed?

School administrators and faculty are awaiting guidance from the New York State Education Department regarding the state’s assessment program and whether ELA/math tests and Regents exams will be offered. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) exams from The College Board. We will have to be patient and see what directives are issued from the state and/or adjustments from The College Board. 

In an effort to ensure “continuity of instruction,” faculty members will endeavor to make forward progress while still affording students with an opportunity for review in anticipation of the exams. At this point in time, there has been no discussion about whether the school year will be extended.


March 17

Can I get personal belongings from my child’s school?

Students and their families may come to school to pick up their personal belongings 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 19. An administrator will escort students and/or parents to and from lockers/cubbies so that belongings can be collected. 

The school nurses will be in contact with families to make arrangements to pick up students’ medications. 

Anyone who is sick is asked to refrain from entering the school building.

If my child receives free or reduced-price meals, will they receive meals during the closure?

Yes, beginning March 17, the district will be providing breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday throughout the school closures for its students enrolled in the free and reduced-price meals program. Meals will not be provided during the district’s planned spring break, April 6-10. 

District officials reached out to eligible families on March 16 to share information on how meals will be provided. If your child is enrolled in the meals program, and you did not receive information, please call the food service director at 315-692-1809 or catering@fmschools.org

Will this closure affect summer vacation?

These are unprecedented times. At this time, we do not believe summer vacation will be impacted. School officials are working with the New York State Education Department on this matter.

Are events being rescheduled?

District and school officials are working on plans to reschedule events and programs that were canceled due to the emergency school closure. Overnight trips, such as the grade 8 trips planned for June, have been canceled. District administrators are endeavoring to work with travel agents to secure refunds for those trips. More information about these events will be shared when it is available.

How are interscholastic athletics affected by the emergency closure?

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Section III athletics officials are working to determine how the countywide school closures will impact the spring sports schedules. At this time, the start of the spring athletic season will be delayed until at least April 14. More information will be shared with students and parents when it is available.

Will state tests still be administered?

The New York State Education Department continues to work with the governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to our schools around issues, such as instructional time and test scheduling.

When will online instruction begin?

The district will begin online instruction no later than Thursday, March 19. In the interim, teachers may reach out to students via Schoology in order to test the system.

When will I be able to get a Chromebook for my child?

For those families who have already contacted the district, Chromebooks will be available for pickup at the F-M High School House 1 Foyer (the single-point of entry near the auditorium) 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, on a one-per-family in need basis, not as a convenience). 

Parents and/or guardians will be required to show photo identification and sign an acceptable use agreement and liability/damage waiver when picking up a district-owned Chromebook.

If you have not already contacted the school district, a Chromebook will not be reserved for you during the distribution period. If you are in need of technology, please call 315-692-1111 or email helpdesk@fmschools.org.

What should I tell my children about COVID-19? 

There are a variety of resources online for talking to children about this topic, including: