November 9, 2020
As various school breaks and holidays approach, families may be preparing to take trips, visit families and/or friends, and/or have contact outside of one’s daily groups of people. The CDC continues to state that travel increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Although seeing loved ones and enjoying a holiday or trip are wonderful experiences, please also understand and follow the safety measures Governor Mills has instituted for Maine citizens. If you leave the state, you will be required to quarantine upon your return for 14 days OR have a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of your return to the state. This requirement is for travel to ALL states with the exception of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont as well as all countries outside of the US.
If you do travel, please do the following actions to help minimize the risk of infection among our students:
- Contact the school nurse to let them know you are traveling to a state that is non-exempt from the quarantine and testing requirements prior to your travel date. Those states are currently New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
- Test all family members who traveled out of state within the 72 hours upon their return to Maine. Students and staff will be able to return to school with a negative test result and will not have to complete the 14-day quarantine. The test results will need to be submitted to the school nurse before the students or staff may return to school.
- Please let the school nurse know of any positive test results.
- Stay home if you are sick.
While traveling (and upon return to school) please continue to:
- Wear your mask
- Maintain physical distancing (6 feet or more)
- Wash your hands often
- Use online or contactless reservations and check-ins
- Enhance healthy hygiene practices
The CDC has more information on travel here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
May you enjoy your break, whether you have a traveling vacation or remain close to home. Stay safe!
Kathy Harris-Smedberg, Ph.D.