March 31 COVID-19 update: Remote learning, food distribution continues next week

Today’s update is a letter to F-M families from Superintendent Craig Tice regarding the governor’s executive orders issued to extend the school closure period until April 15, 2020. 

Dear F-M parents and guardians,

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, Fayetteville-Manlius School District remains committed to providing students with equitable learning opportunities and access to healthy meals while school is closed.

As you are aware, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently extended the New York on PAUSE plan and directed schools to remain closed until at least April 15. During this extension, districts are expected to provide continuity of learning and food service to students and child care for its essential workers.

Because the extended executive order encompasses the district’s upcoming Spring Recess, which was previously scheduled for April 6-10, F-M’s academic calendar has been amended by executive order so that staff members can continue to support students with remote learning opportunities and food distribution during this timeframe. 

Therefore, students should continue their remote educational activities and routines next week, and those enrolled in F-M Food Service Department’s healthy meals program will continue to receive breakfast and lunch each day.

While the loss of planned vacation time would not be welcome news during a typical school year, we recognize that this is anything but a typical school year. Since the health, safety and education of students remain the district’s top priorities, the governor’s commitment to maintaining the “continuity” of learning, food service and child care is understandable.  

To enroll your child in F-M’s healthy meal program, which offers grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals for all students on each weekday school is closed, please contact F-M’s Food Service Department at 315-692-1809 or Please indicate which school is most convenient for meal pick-up.

We recognize that this is a stressful and challenging situation. We’re here to support you through it, and know that you are managing many personal and professional responsibilities. We would like to remind you of something that we often tell our students: All we can do is our best. We’ll get through this together.

Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support.


Craig J. Tice, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools