Parents reminded of travel guidelines following break


A reminder of the state’s travel requirements in relation to COVID-19 has been issued by Rome school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake including for people who traveled outside of New York for over 24 hours during this week’s mid-winter recess break.

In a letter Thursday posted on the district’s website and its Facebook page, Blake said “we wanted to...remind anyone that has decided to travel outside of New York state, for more than 24 hours this week, requirements as set forth by the Department of Health.”

The letter includes a link to the requirements, at online. For any traveler to New York state from a noncontiguous state, U.S. territory or CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) level 2 and higher country, the letter cited the guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine.

• For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:

— A traveler must obtain a COVID test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.

— A traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.

— On day 4 of the quarantine, a traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests
come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

• For travelers out-of-state for less than 24 hours:

— A traveler does not need a test prior to departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York state.

— However, the traveler must fill out a traveler form upon entry into New York state, and take a COVID diagnostic test four days after arrival in New York.

Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory, according to the New York guidelines.

Blake’s letter also attached the state’s Pre-K to Grade 12 Toolkit which includes “information related to whether or not a student can attend school or a staff member should report to work under the current COVID restrictions.” The document is at online.

“Thank you all for your time and understanding and please enjoy the rest of the week,” Blake’s letter added.


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