Reopening plan updated; COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and remote learning highlighted

As Fayetteville-Manlius School District staff members continue to prepare for the beginning of student instruction in September, the district has filled in some details on its reopening plan and added some new information.

The state required all New York school districts to develop instructional models for remote and in-person instruction, as well as a hybrid of both, based on guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Education Department (NYSED).

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District submitted its plan to the state July 31. The district is aware that on Aug. 10 it was included on the state’s list of districts that did not submit reopening plans on time. In order to avoid any further confusion, F-M’s plan was re-submitted to the NYSDOH again on Aug. 10 to ensure compliance.

Three sections of the districts’ plans that Gov. Andrew Cuomo said should be highlighted for parents to easily find on the district website are:

More information on what in-person and remote instruction will look has been added to the plan’s teaching and learning section, and it will continue to be updated as more information is available.

The district will hold three virtual forums via F-M’s YouTube channel for parents to hear an overview of the reopening plan and have questions answered. The forums are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: 9 a.m. and 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: 6 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Aug. 20: 1 p.m.

A separate forum for district staff will also be offered. 

Parents and guardians will be asked to submit questions by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17 to the district’s Let’s Talk communication portal so that they may be addressed by the panel of school officials at the aforementioned town hall meetings. 

Reminders for these important informational events will be posted in advance on the website and shared directly with parents via SchoolMessenger.