F-M schools will reopen Jan. 4; positive COVID-19 cases reported

Since its last update on Dec. 22, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District was notified that 14 individuals within the school community have tested positive for COVID-19.

The cases were reported to the district over the course of 12 days (Dec. 23-Jan. 3) when F-M was closed to students and staff members for winter recess.

The individuals include five Fayetteville-Manlius High School students, three high school staff members, three Wellwood Middle School students, one Wellwood staff member, one remote Eagle Hill Middle School student, and one Eagle Hill Middle School staff member.

With the exception of the remote Eagle Hill student, the 13 individuals who were on campus for hybrid instruction were last in school on the following dates:

  • Friday, Dec. 4: Two cohort B Wellwood students
  • Friday, Dec. 11: Cohort B high school student
  • Thursday, Dec. 17: Cohort B high school student
  • Friday, Dec. 18: Cohort B Wellwood student, three cohort B high school students, one Wellwood staff member, three high school staff members
  • Monday, Dec. 21: Eagle Hill staff member

Contact tracing for all 14 cases has determined that there were no exposures at school due to the vacation period; no staff or students need to quarantine. 

All F-M schools will be open for in-person learning for cohort A students on Monday, Jan. 4. The hybrid teaching and learning schedule will resume Jan. 4.

Due to privacy laws, the district cannot provide any additional information about the individuals who tested positive. If you would like to be tested out of an abundance of caution, please visit the New York State COVID-19 web page to find a testing location near you or talk with your healthcare provider.

The individuals who tested positive, and any other individuals the county determines must quarantine, will not return to school until they meet the protocols set by the New York State Department of Health.

The district continues to thoroughly clean and disinfect all buildings on campus and its buses in accordance with guidance from the state Department of Health and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.