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COVID travel policies for families

  • 1.  COVID travel policies for families

    Posted 17 days ago
    HI all!
    I know we are all tired of thinking about this but I'm wondering what schools are doing in terms of a policy for when families return from traveling - is your school requiring quarantine (if so, how long?) and/or testing? And if so, will it apply to all out-of-area travel - car, plane, boat, train? International and Domestic? Our school is in South Florida where there is a lot of international holiday travel and we are trying to design a policy that makes sense.

    Anne Rothe
    Key Biscayne Presbyterian School
    Key Biscayne FL

  • 2.  RE: COVID travel policies for families

    Posted 15 days ago
    NY State has requirements and we are using them.  I have sent this to parents and staff.  Stay safe everyone and Happy Thanksgiving, if you celebrate the holiday

    For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

    • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
      • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
      • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
      • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
    • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
      • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
      • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

    Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State's robust contact tracing program.

    The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

    For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question.

    To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel guidelines click here or call 1-833-789-0470.

    Individuals may also contact their local department of health.


     Ineligible for Paid Sick Leave Scenario

    New York employees will forgo their paid sick leave benefits from New York's COVID-19 paid sick leave law if they engage in non-essential travel to high risk states (listed above). High risk states are any state that has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10 percent test positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

    This provision does not apply if the employee travels for work or at the employer's request. The provision included in Executive Order 202.45 mirrors the law's existing provision that makes New Yorkers ineligible for paid sick leave if they travel to any country designated as having a level two or three travel health notice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    Barabara Klein
    Huguenot Nursery School
    Pelham NY