Fayetteville Elementary temporarily shifts to remote instruction

Fayetteville-Manlius School District students attending Fayetteville Elementary School will be shifting to remote instruction Sept. 29-Oct. 2.

On Sept. 27, Onondaga County Department of Health (DOH) officials directed the school to close for one week after learning five additional Fayetteville Elementary team members tested positive for COVID-19. The school has been following a remote learning schedule since Sept. 24 when district officials announced two Fayetteville Elementary teachers tested positive for the virus.  This brings the total to seven staff members who have tested positive.

In addition, six other staff members and four students from Fayetteville Elementary have been placed in quarantine due to possible exposure to the virus.  As part of their contact tracing over the weekend, officials from the Onondaga County DOH made contact with those staff members and students who may have been exposed to the virus from either sharing an office, gathering together for team meetings or participating in small group instruction. 

At this time, county DOH officials believe virus exposure was limited, but are directing that the school close to prevent additional risk and so that custodial staff can thoroughly clean and disinfect the building. 

District officials will update families via SchoolMessenger and the district website if an extended closure is necessary. Fayetteville Elementary is slated to reopen for in-person learning on Monday, Oct. 5 with Cohort A students.  Officials from the Onondaga County DOH will be in contact with school personnel over the course of the week in order to determine whether or not the school closure period will need to be extended beyond this reopening date. 

F-M’s five other schools – Enders Road Elementary School, Mott Road Elementary School, Eagle Hill Middle School, Wellwood Middle School and Fayetteville-Manlius High School  – will continue to operate according to the hybrid schedule and resume in-person learning on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Wellwood Middle School, which had been closed on Friday, will reopen although two teachers (in addition to the shared Fayetteville Elementary staff member who tested positive) and 14 students now will be placed in quarantine.  Eleven of those 14 students may have been exposed during instruction at school and the other three are believed to have been exposed at a non school-sponsored event held off campus. 

School meals are available

Fayetteville Elementary will continue to serve as a meal pick-up (drive-thru) location on Monday and Wednesday.

Additionally, Fayetteville Elementary families can pick up meals 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sept. 29. 

To enroll in the meal pick up program, please contact catering@fmschools.org with the following information:

  • First and last name of student
  • Allergy/dietary restrictions
  • Number of meals requested per pick up
  • Parent or guardian name
  • Phone number
  • Pick up location

Students are eligible for a free breakfast and lunch meal each school day, regardless of family income.