Message From The Principal
Travel Restrictions For Students
For domestic travel- Under the travel advisory, nonessential travel is discouraged, however, individuals returning to New Jersey after traveling from states that do not include the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) are expected to self-quarantine for 10 days upon return OR self-quarantine for 7 days if a negative COVID test is obtained on days 3-5 after the return. The advisory is no longer specific to certain states. Because of the high number of case counts across all states, there is an increased risk of spread of COVID-19 upon return from any travel. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane, and any other method of transportation. As per the current guidance, even if a person has received the COVID-19 vaccine, quarantining after travel is expected. Following the travel quarantining guidelines for children after domestic travel, not including travel to New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and/or Delaware, is required prior to returning to in-person school.
For international travel- If you intend to travel internationally, check the CDC's COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination. Many countries are still categorized as a Level-4 high COVID-19 risk, and the CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to these countries. Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC is requiring all air passengers entering the United States from a foreign country to test negative for COVID-19. Travelers are required to get tested within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their test results to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Your children will be required to quarantine 10 days upon return OR for 7 days if a negative COVID test is obtained on days 3-5 after return to New Jersey from international travel.
Who is exempt from Quarantining?
- COVID-19 positive (viral test) within 3 months: Persons who tested positive for COVID-19 (viral test), clinically recovered from COVID-19 and then have close contact with someone with COVID-19 within 3 months does not need to be quarantined or retested. However, persons who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 more than 3 months after the initial infection should quarantine.
- Fully Vaccinated Persons within 3 months: Vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use and SARS-CoV-2 testing. However, fully vaccinated persons who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 do NOT need to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
- 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 the current COVID-19 exposure
Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following exposure. If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated.