Each year many families use school vacation weeks opportunities for travel, but at this time such travel brings with it additional risks for contracting and transmitting COVID-19, according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC). It is critically important that our school communities continue to do everything we can in order to keep our schools safe, open, and able to provide in-person instruction.
The US CDC has issued strong guidance to the American people to continue to limit our interactions and travel at this time.
We encourage our staff and families to know the risks and the requirements for travel, and to communicate with our school leaders if you are traveling so that our schools can continue to operate safely.
In accordance with Maine travel guidelines, any staff or students who travel within the US to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions as of 2/08/21 for these two states only), they will be required to either:
At this time, all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight back to in the United States. See Frequently Asked Questions about this requirement for more information.
Upon return to the United States, staff and students must quarantine. International travelers can return to school after they:
1. Get tested 3-5 days after travel, and receive a negative test result AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
2. Do not get tested and stay home for 10 days after travel.
3. Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
Any staff or students who have travelled internationally will not be permitted inside the school building for a minimum of 7 days, even if a negative test has occurred.
Returning to work or school after travel is not dependent on the length of time spent within the restricted states or other countries, meaning that a day visit still requires any person to quarantine and/or test as described above.
All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine if over 12 months old. Testing site information for Maine can be found,here.
Any person who is quarantining should stay home, and not have in-person contact with others unless there is an emergency.
Please continue to follow best practice safety protocols: wear a mask, keep physical distance, wash your hands and monitor for symptoms, and help protect our schools and neighbors.
The Eastern Washington County Elementary Athletic League has unanimously voted to forgo a basketball/cheering season this year. Factors that affected this decision included COVID trends in the area and a lack of available gym spaces at several schools.