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Updated Information on Coronavirus

ESM has compiled resources for parents/guardians regarding COVID-19. Please be assured that the health and safety of students and staff is always our top priority.

Visit our Parent Resources page for resource links regarding public services, helping children cope with stress, continuum of learning/learn at home tips/videos and much more. Visit the resources on Onondaga County COVID-19 Page.

COVID-19 Testing for Students & Staff: Onondaga County, Upstate Medical University, and Nascentia Health are offering free symptomatic testing for students and school staff who have COVID-19 symptoms. Testing is Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. Registration is required. Call Upstate’s COVID-19 Hotline at 315-464-2582, select option #4. This will be saliva-based testing with an average turnaround time of 24-36 hours, and results will be available through an online portal. More details & appointment information.   


NY State Covid-19 Report Card: To keep parents, students, teachers & staff, and the public fully informed, New York State’s COVID Report Card dashboard reports both Lab Reported COVID Data for the School District as well as School District Reported COVID Data. NOTE: There may be discrepancies in the two data sets on the NYS COVID Report Card page due to reporting lag times and other variables.

FREE Breakfast/Lunch for In-Person & Distance Learners: ESM has been notified that the free meal program providing breakfast and lunch for ALL children 18 and younger will continue through the entire 20-21 school year. Meals will be free for all of ESM’s in-person learners on the days they are at school. For the days students are not in school, families can pick up free “grab & go” meals Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at their choice of three sites — ESM Central High School, Minoa Elementary or East Syracuse Elementary from 9-10 a.m. Further details & how to sign up for grab & go meals.

Technology Helpline: We have set up a dedicated helpline phone number for parents or students to call if they are having general problems with a district-issued Chromebook or problems connecting their PC/Mac/iPad/tablet/Chromebook to their home WiFi. Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. parents and students can call 315-434-3024. If someone doesn't answer, please leave a message with your name and a call-back number and we will return your call. You may also leave a message outside our business hours. Those messages will be returned the next business day (M-F). For general information on how to connect a Chromebook to your home or other WiFi, check out this multi-page document. This document also gives parents some information about signing on to Google classroom, Chromebooks and more WiFi and Chromebook tips 

Students/In-Person Learners Need a Daily Health Pass: ESM requires families to complete a daily paper screening form that must be signed by the parent or guardian. Students will then give the form to school personnel prior to boarding the bus or entering school. Parents MUST complete and sign a screening pass each day for their child to board the bus or enter school. Paper screening forms are being mailed Sept. 9 to each family for use on the first day of in-person instruction. If you need additional forms, you can print this PDF Health Screening Pass or contact your child’s school at 315-434-3000. These forms will function as a “health pass” based on guidance from the NYS Education Department and the NYS Department of Health. Parents are responsible for ensuring their child is healthy and can attend school each day. Specific expectations include screening children for COVID-19 symptoms (which includes temperature taking), as well other COVID-19 screening questions.

Additional Resources: For questions please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites: