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New York State Travel/Quarantine Guidelines: 3/25/21

March 25, 2021

Dear RCSD Community,

A number of community members have been asking about travel and quarantine in light of the upcoming spring break. 

Although Governor Cuomo announced that there would be changes to the travel restrictions ending the need to quarantine following out-of-State travel effective April 1, as of today, the State’s Travel Advisory website has not been updated to reflect the Governor’s statements. The most recent update was on March 10. That update created quarantine exemptions only for those who are fully-vaccinated and those who have contracted COVID-19 within a certain time window of travel. All other travelers are, at this moment, still subject to quarantine and all travelers are still asked by New York State to complete a Traveler Health Form. Should this change, we will communicate out over the break.

The current New York State regulations are as follows:

-Travelers to contiguous states including CT, PA, VT, NJ and MA: No restrictions

-Travelers to non-contiguous states for less than 24 hours: No restrictions

-Travelers to non-contiguous states for greater than 24 hours:

  • Must obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
  • Upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days (note the day you return to New York is considered day 0)
  • Obtain another COVID-19 test on day 4 of their quarantine (note the day you return to  New York is considered day 0)

If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test. Travelers who do not obtain a test prior to arrival in New York and/or on the 4th day in New York, must quarantine for 10 days.

Please note that as per the DOH, the RCSD cannot accept rapid (non-PCR) test results to allow re-entry to school (meaning for the second NY test). Please provide proof of two negative results to the school nurse to receive approval to attend school in-person. Please contact your school’s principal should your student be required to quarantine.

-Travelers returning to the U.S. from international destinations:

  • Airline passengers traveling to the U.S. from another country must show either documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 3 months or a negative test result from no more than 3 days prior to the day of travel to the airline before boarding the flight.. (Documentation of vaccination status or antibody test results will not be accepted as proof of COVID status prior to boarding, per CDC guidance.)
  • After arrival in the U.S., travelers must either quarantine for 7 days with a test 3-5 days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. This requirement applies to all international travelers whether they were tested before boarding, are recovered from a previous COVID infection, or are fully vaccinated. For more information on acceptable documentation, visit the CDC website: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC

-Domestic U.S. travelers who have been vaccinated are exempt from quarantine if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Consistent with recent CDC guidance, asymptomatic individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine during the first 3 months after full vaccination if such travelers:
    • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine); AND
    • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND
    • Have remained asymptomatic since last COVID-19 exposure.

-Students, faculty, and staff who have been diagnosed with COVID-19: Exempt from quarantine if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Consistent with CDC guidance from February 13, 2021, asymptomatic individuals who have previously been diagnosed with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and have since recovered, are not required to retest and quarantine within 3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial COVID-19 infection or date of first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.

Sincerely, 

Eric Byrne, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools