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Wellwood temporarily shifts to remote learning due to electrical work

Most Fayetteville-Manlius School District students attending Wellwood Middle School will be shifting to remote learning Oct. 5-14 because of electrical work that will be taking place at the school on those days.

The main office staff and the district’s highest need special education students (those in the 12:1:1 classroom) will be temporarily moved on those days to classrooms in the modular classroom suite attached to the back of the school. The suite, which is not powered by the same electrical service as the school, includes eight classrooms that the district is using while work is completed at the school as part of the 2017 voter-approved capital project. 

What does this mean?

  • For Cohort A students, in-person instruction days planned for Oct. 5, 6 and 13 will now be remote learning days. 
  • For Cohort B students, in-person instruction days planned for Oct. 8 and 9 will now be remote learning days. 
  • Cohort A and B students already have remote instructional days planned for Oct. 7 and 14 so there is no change for both of those Wednesdays.
  • For all students, there is no instruction on Monday, Oct. 12, due to the Columbus Day holiday. 

The electrical work is part of the $45.2 million facilities project that when complete will have fixed aging infrastructure, added instructional space, enhanced security, improved accessibility for people with disabilities and created energy efficiencies across the district. 

National Grid notified the district on Thursday, Sept. 24, to confirm that they have scheduled this important work during this timeframe. 

“We know the timing of this is not ideal and is going to be an inconvenience for some families,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said. “We were hoping that this could have been done when students were not in the building, but unfortunately, that is not the case as this portion of the project has to be done before the onset of winter weather. We apologize and appreciate everyone’s patience as we allow the electrical contractor to install new switchgear as part of this capital improvement project.”