Dear Schodack CSD Families,
As the positivity rate for the COVID-19 virus continues to trend downward, and the number of vaccinated individuals becomes more abundant, we understand that families will want to return to a sense of normalcy, which includes traveling out of state for vacations.
On Wednesday, March 10, the New York State Department of Health released new guidance related to quarantining procedures for those who have traveled to non-contiguous states and other countries. Contiguous states include Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Anyone who returns to New York after traveling to a non-contiguous state or another country must complete a traveler health form, which can be found here. According to the State DOH, significant penalties may be imposed on those who do not complete this form. Individuals must also quarantine according to DOH guidance unless they have obtained a test within 3 days prior to arrival in New York; quarantined for a minimum of three days from the time of arrival; AND obtained a diagnostic test on the fourth day in New York, measured from the time of arrival.
Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine during the first three months after full vaccination if they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks following their second dose or 2 weeks following their first dose if administered a single-dose vaccine); are within 3 months following their last dose; AND have remained asymptomatic since their last COVID-19 exposure.
To read full guidance regarding quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York State, click here.
We are aware that the Governor has stated travel restrictions may change on April 1. We will continue to monitor all developments and keep you informed.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please remember to continue to follow all health and safety protocols, including the wearing of face coverings and social distancing. If you do travel out of state, please contact your building nurse to be sure that you are following the proper protocols.