Safe Travel Plans

Summary: As we approach a season of school breaks and family gatherings, it is a good time to remind everyone about travel guidance. 

SPS Encourages Families to Make Safe Travel Plans 

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our students and school communities healthy and safe. As we approach a season of school breaks and family gatherings, it is a good time to remind everyone about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel guidance.  

Unvaccinated Students 

If your student is not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends they quarantine and get tested after out of state travel:  

  • Get tested with a viral test 3 to 5 days after returning from travel 
  • Check for a COVID testing location near you 
  • Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if testing negative at 3 to 5 days 
  • If an unvaccinated student doesn’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel  
  • Unvaccinated individuals are also encouraged to test 1-3 days prior to travel.  

While the CDC recommends unvaccinated individuals quarantine following out-of-state travel, the district does not have the capacity to monitor and mandate this guidance. We must trust that individual families will uphold our commitments to one another and follow guidance that keeps our school communities safe.  

Do Not Travel If  

  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 unless you are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. 
  • You are sick. 
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 and haven’t ended isolation (even if you are fully vaccinated). 
  • You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. If your test comes back positive while you are at your destination, guidance suggests you isolate and postpone a return until it’s safe to end isolation.  

If Your Child Is Sick 

  • Inform your child’s school they are sick. 
  • Review SPS procedures when your child has COVID-19 symptoms or is a close contact.  
  • If they have COVID-19 symptoms or more than one the following symptoms AND it lasts longer than 24 hours, they must isolate and get tested for COVID.
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • nausea or vomiting
    • fatigue
    • diarrhea
    • congestion or runny nose 
  • Students may return to school 24 hours after the fever has resolved, other symptoms have improved, and with a negative COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen). The test may be brought in-person to the front office or a photograph provided by email.  
  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or another family member in the household tests positive inform your child’s school immediately.   

Please review the most up to date CDC travel guidance including tips to protect yourself and your student while traveling. By following simple mitigation measures we will continue to keep each other and our loved ones healthy. What I do matters. What you do matters. What we do together matters most.  

Frequently Asked Questions  

Will students be able to attend remote, synchronous classes while quarantining after travel?  

No. Students will not be able to switch instructional models if quarantining because they are unvaccinated and participated in out of state travel.  

Will absences because of self-quarantine be excused or unexcused?  

Absences will be excused, but you need to let the front office of your child’s school know.  

How will learning be supported for students quarantining?  

Lessons are uploaded weekly to Schoology or See Saw. Contact your child’s teacher for more information.  

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