New York State Travel Advisory Regulations
Dear Sewanhaka Central High School District Families:
As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to inform you of the most recent New York State Travel Advisory Regulations. On October 31, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 205.2, which directed the Commissioner of Health effective November 4, 2020 to modify the travel advisory to permit new “test-out” and quarantine criteria. On November 3, 2020 the NYS DOH issued Interim Guidance in response to said Executive Order. Below are some important changes to the New York State Travel Advisory.
For any traveler to New York State, currently exempting travel from New York’s contiguous states (i.e. NJ, PA, NY, CT, MA, VT), the new guidelines are as follows:
• For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
o Travelers must obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure from that state.
o The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
o On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID-19 test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit the mandatory 14-day quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
• For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
o 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.
o However, the traveler must complete the Department of Health New York State Traveler Health Form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID-19 diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
As a result of Executive Order 205.2, the District will be implementing the following procedures:
• Upon return to NYS from a non-contiguous state, irrespective of whether the travel was for less than 24 hours or more than 24 hours, arrangements will be made to allow your child to learn remotely from home until you receive the results of the required negative COVID test(s).
• Please contact your school if you need this accommodation.
As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our foremost priority.
James J. Grossane, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools