March 23 COVID-19 update: Advanced Placement exams will take place online

The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year but only cover material taught through early March. 

This will ensure that students currently enrolled in an AP course and who pass the course will still receive college credit. 

The exams will be administered as 45-minute online free-response exams at home. Students will be able to take the streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone, according to The College Board. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These mobile-friendly classes are:

  • Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. 

Students in need of mobile tools or connectivity, can contact The College Board.

Course specific exam information   

Local public television helps out

As of Monday, March 23, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and New York’s nine public television stations are offering PBS educational programming on-air for students from prekindergarten through grade 12 every weekday. 

In the Syracuse area, material can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable from local Syracuse station, WCNY-TV 24. Parents and educators should check local listings for information about their public television stations’ schedules and channel lineup. 

As this program continues, stations are planning to offer more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents and teachers.

New special collections of learning materials have also been created for parents at

For more information or to access the learning-at-home material, visit WCNY-TV 24 or

Continued communications

The district will continue to update the community via the district website with any new information and frequently asked questions.  

Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s SchoolMessenger notification system, which sends email, text message and phone call notifications, depending upon how parents subscribed to the system.

More COVID-19 information and previous F-M COVID-19 communications