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IEA Travel Policy

IEA Travel Policy (updated 04.08.2021)

Recent national and state guidance has allowed us to amend our Travel Policy.  The Department of Public Health (DPH), CDC, as well as IEA, caution that leaving your local community can increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. Different modes of transportation, lodging, dining, and activities during travel carry different levels of risk of exposure to COVID-19. CDC’s “Know Your Travel Risk” guidance helps travelers understand their risk during travel. Activities listed under “Even Less Safe” and “Least Safe” should be avoided when possible.

However, if you must travel out of state, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Department of Education recommend that you:

  • Continue to utilize all appropriate mitigation strategies while traveling (including mask wearing, distancing, symptom recognition, etc.) regardless of whether the policies and procedures in place at your destination mandate them.
  • Before travel, review the current DPH and CDC recommendations for travel during COVID-19 and be sure to plan sufficient time for any necessary actions.

As of April 2, 2021, CDC has updated their travel guidance; since fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to contract and spread COVID-19, they can travel safely within the United States.

Fully Vaccinated Persons 

“Fully Vaccinated” persons (who are at least 14 days or more past the last dose of their vaccine series) can travel within the United States and do not have to test before or after travel (unless their destination requires it) and do not have to quarantine after travel. IEA may ask for proof of vaccination or a negative viral test.

Fully vaccinated persons should still:

  • Wear a mask over their nose and mouth
  • Stay 6 feet from others and avoid crowds
  • Wash hands often or use hand sanitizer

Additionally, after travel, vaccinated persons should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Not Fully Vaccinated Persons

If a student or staff member travels out of state for more than 24 hours (to any state other than your state of residency), and is not fully vaccinated, 1 of the following 2 precautions must be taken before they return to IEA.

1.  If travelers are engaging in high risk travel/activities, IEA recommends that they follow the CDC and DPH best practice for  quarantine and testing procedures upon your return, including:

  • Obtaining a test between days 3-5 after returning home and quarantining for a full 7 days, even with a negative COVID-19 test result; or
  • quarantining for a full 10 days without testing; and
  • continuing to monitor for symptoms during all quarantine periods.

We ask that you consider the risk level of your activities and travel when determining whether or not to quarantine. 

2.   If travelers are engaging in low risk travel/activities or choose not to quarantine, and leave the state for more than 24 hours they MUST:

  • get tested for COVID-19 after they return home (either PCR or rapid antigen testing is acceptable);
  • stay out of school until they receive a negative test result back from the laboratory;
  • be acutely and continuously aware of any symptoms of COVID-19 that they or their family members may develop in the two weeks after travel; and
  • be prepared to immediately isolate/quarantine themselves if/when symptoms develop.

This means: if a student or staff member is traveling out of state for more than 24 hours, they MUST, at a minimum, obtain a COVID test AFTER they return home, receive their negative test results and provide them to the school nurse PRIOR to returning to school.

International Travel

If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get tested no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).  Please reference the CT Travel Advisory website for current guidelines, as well as guidelines around international travel.

For Fully Vaccinated Individuals: 

If a student or staff member is traveling out of the country, they MUST, at a minimum, obtain a COVID test 3-5 days AFTER they return home, receive their negative test results and provide them to the school nurse PRIOR to returning to school.

For Unvaccinated Individuals:         

Get tested 3-5 days after travel, and self-quarantine for 7 days regardless of results 

OR

If not tested after return, quarantine for 10 days

Please refer to CDC for more details. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html 

 

All travelers are encouraged to visit the CT Travel Advisory website for the most current state guidelines.