November 12, 2020
Dear Cairo-Durham Families,
Typically at this time of year, many of you have travel plans for the holidays in November and December, and may begin planning travel for February and April breaks as well. As you know, the Cairo-Durham Central School District has worked hard to ensure that our students, faculty and staff are safe and remain healthy to the best of our ability during this global health pandemic. To this end, I want to proactively inform you of the District’s expectations regarding out-of-state travel in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.
On October 31, 2020, Governor Cuomo revised New York State’s travel advisory as the state continues to manage this complex issue. The updated travel advisory, which applies to all states except for those that border NYS, is outlined below:
For travelers (including NYS residents) who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
- Travelers must obtain a COVID test within three days of departure from that state.
- The traveler must, upon arrival in NYS, quarantine for three days.
- On day 4 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.
- If it is not feasible or possible to complete the mandatory one or two COVID tests, the 14-day quarantine is still required.
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 NYS.
- However, the traveler must fill out the traveler information form upon entry into NYS and take a COVID diagnostic test four days after their arrival in New York.
Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive the DOH will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing.
At this time, travel out of NYS remains highly discouraged. Students who travel internationally to a CDC-designated Level 2 or 3 country or to a state that does not border NYS will be subject to the following:
- If a student travels outside of NYS, this information must be disclosed to the school district and the student will not be permitted to return to school until the testing requirements outlined above are met. This includes travel by plane or by ground transportation. This does not include incidental travel (less than 24 hours) or travel to a contiguous state (i.e., Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania).
- Students will be able to engage in remote instruction during their quarantine. Arrangements must be made with the Building Principal.
- Diagnostic tests that are not prescribed by a physician may not be covered by insurance.
Despite these challenging times, our school community is counting on all of us to maintain a positive, safe and consistent learning environment. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and diligence to help keep us all safe and healthy.