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COVID Quarantine Requirements and Travel

Dear Clarkstown Community, 

As the upcoming mid-winter break approaches, we have been getting many questions about travel and quarantine requirements.  While we hope you have a restful and enjoyable break, it is important to keep diligent regarding COVID prevention measures.

With regard to travel, the CDC advises that the safest action is to stay home: Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year. 

If you do travel, New York State has a mandatory 10-day quarantine requirement in place when returning to New York after traveling more than 24 hours to any US state (with the exceptions of contiguous states  NJ, CT, VT, PA and MA); or to a US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country. 

Travelers may test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine by taking each of the steps below:

  • A traveler must obtain a test within three days of departure from the travel destination, prior to arrival in New York.
  • Upon arrival in New York, a traveler must 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

We are one community in Clarkstown, and your compliance to COVID safety measures will help to protect the health and safety of all and keep our schools open. 

We wish you the best of health. 

Sincerely, 

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Martin D. Cox, Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools 

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Sue Sherlock, FNP
Coordinator of Health Services