Dear Chatham Families,
On October 31, Governor Cuomo revised New York State’s requirements concerning out-of-state travel and quarantine. See Governor Cuomo’s Travel Advisory October 31, 2020. These new requirements go into effect on November 4, 2020.
All travelers entering New York from any state, with the exception of states that border New York, must quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations unless:
For travelers (including NYS residents) 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 four of their quarantine, the 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 (including NYS residents) 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 the traveler information 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.
Chatham Central School District continues to work hard to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and healthy during this global health pandemic. To this end, I want to proactively inform you of the District’s expectations regarding the new out-of-state travel rules that go into effect on November 4.
Out of a necessary abundance of caution, travel out of New York State is highly discouraged. However, if you do travel out of state, you must heed the following parameters:
- Students/families who travel outside of New York State must disclose this information to your school’s main office prior to returning to school. This includes travel by plane or by ground transportation. Students will not be permitted to return to school until they comply with all testing requirements as outlined above. This does not include incidental travel (less than 24 hours) or travel to the bordering states of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
We ask that when making travel plans, please carefully consider the impact and disruption that your decision may have on our students. While our District has been working hard to ensure that our students have a consistent and safe learning environment, we may be unable to accomplish this if families choose to travel out-of-state and, consequently, are required to remain at home due to mandatory quarantine requirements.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping our students, staff, and community safe. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.