Reporting Travel during COVID-19
We know that questions exist around travel and required quarantine for students and staff upon return. A summary of the Pennsylvania guidelines is as follows:
- Dr. Levine issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth.
- If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
- Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the Commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
- This order, which takes effect on Friday, November 20, does not apply to people who commute to and from another state for work or medical treatment.
While the decision to travel is a personal one for families, the responsibility to protect the health and well-being of our school community belongs to everyone. Open and honest communication with school is a critical part of that partnership. To that end, families are asked to do the following:
- Please communicate travel plans to your school principal in advance via our online form. A link to this form is also on your school website.
- Plan now, if possible, to arrange testing for your child before arrival back home.
- Upon return, please provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test for your child to the school nurse. You may submit the documentation online via our COVID-19 Results Form, and it will be routed to the appropriate school nurse. (Note that per the order, evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test should be from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth.)
- If your child has not been tested and/or a negative result was not produced, please plan to have your child quarantine for 14 days. Students who are under quarantine may not physically attend school. School staff will work with you to continue your child’s educational program during the quarantine period.