Return-to-school update from Superintendent Tice

On April 15, Fayetteville-Manlius School District Superintendent Craig J. Tice sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to F-M families and staff.

Dear F-M Parents and Guardians,

We are looking forward to Monday, April 19, when we will welcome the majority of our students for additional days of in-person instruction. This has been a goal of ours throughout the school year, and thanks to New York state’s and Onondaga County’s reduction of the social distancing requirements for schools, we are finally able to put our plan into action.

While the COVID-19 infection rate remains low locally, we are requesting that families stay vigilant and monitor your child(ren) for symptoms so that we can keep your schools safe and open for in-person instruction. We recently shared on our website information from our school nursing staff that outlines our return-to-school after illness procedures that we hope you will find helpful.  

We have also updated our school reopening frequently asked questions (FAQs) to reflect any changes that will be in place as of April 19. Our updated FAQs and other related COVID-19 information, as well as future updates, can be found on our COVID-19 website landing page.

Each school sent out building-specific guidance in preparation for this transition. If you have questions or concerns specific to your school or student, please reach out to their building principal. 

I am grateful for the dedication and professionalism of all of our staff, regardless of their positions within the district, as they have tirelessly worked to support students. We are excited about this next return-to-school phase and will continue to update you via SchoolMessenger and the district website if there are new state and county updates affecting how we operate.   

Thank you for your patience and flexibility, and I wish you the best as we near the end of the 2020-21 school year.  As always, if you have questions or concerns you wish to address to me, our Let’s Talk! online communications platform is available at your convenience and may be submitted anonymously if you wish. 


Craig J. Tice, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools