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Spring Break: Guidelines for Travel

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has issued the following student and staff guidelines for spring break travel and quarantine in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of Maryland

Even if you are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends not to travel at this time and to stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

PGCPS Student Guidelines

In-State Travel – No COVID Test Required

Out-of-State Travel – COVID Test

  • Get a COVID test three to five days after travel AND self-quarantine for seven days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Continue virtual learning during self-quarantine. Be sure to inform your teacher and school administrator.

International Travel – COVID Test and Quarantine for Seven Days Post-Travel 

  • Get a COVID test three to five days after travel AND self-quarantine for seven days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Continue virtual learning during self-quarantine. Be sure to inform your teacher and school administrator.

CDC Guidelines

At this time, the CDC does not have a testing requirement for outbound travelers, but recommends that you get tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen) one to three days before you travel internationally. Travelers should check with international destinations for their entry requirements.

  • As of March 2, 2021, if you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get tested no more than three days before you travel by air back into the United States (U.S.) 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 health care provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
  • All air passengers traveling to the U.S., regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery (proof of recovery from the coronavirus within the last 90 days).
  • Passengers flying from a U.S. territory to a U.S. state (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) are not required to present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery.

PGCPS Staff Guidelines

In-State Travel – No COVID Test or Quarantine Required

Out-of-State Travel – COVID Test and Post-Travel Quarantine

  • People entering Maryland must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result. Arrivals from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC are exempt.
  • Get a COVID test three to five days after travel.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.

International Travel – COVID Test and Quarantine for Seven Days Post-Travel

  • Get a COVID test three to five days after travel.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.

CDC Guidelines

At this time, the CDC does not have a testing requirement for outbound travelers, but recommends that you get tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen) one to three days before you travel internationally. Travelers should check with international destinations for their entry requirements.

  • As of March 2, 2021, if you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get tested no more than three days before you travel by air back into the United States (U.S.) 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 health care provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
  • All air passengers traveling to the U.S., regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery (proof of recovery from the coronavirus within the last 90 days).
  • Passengers flying from a U.S. territory to a U.S. state (i.e., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands) are not required to present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery.

Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

The CDC’s guidance for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 still discourages domestic and international travel. Adhering to guidance issued by your workplace is still recommended.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. Fully vaccinated people who do not quarantine should still monitor for symptoms for 14 days following an exposure. 

For more information, please visit the CDC website.

Frequently Asked Questions: Spring Break Employee Travel Guidance

Is it okay to travel during Spring Break (March 29 through April 5)?

Even if you are fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends not to travel at this time and to stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Is the PGCPS travel guidance for the rest of the school year?

Our travel guidance is adopted from the CDC. If their guidelines change, we will update staff. 

Am I required to get a COVID-19 test?

COVID-19 testing after travel outside of Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC is required.

If I travel out of state, do I need to self-quarantine?

Arrivals from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC are exempt from quarantine. However, travel to and from other states requires quarantine with a positive COVID test. Employees traveling outside of the exempt states listed must get a COVID-19 test to determine quarantine status. Employee personal, annual or sick leave must be used until confirmation of a positive COVID test. Upon official confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test, quarantine leave or telework will be granted by the administration.

How do I share my travel plans with my principal/supervisor?

You should give official notification to your principal or supervisor of your travel plans if you are traveling outside of the listed exempt states. This notification will provide the needed information for planning purposes should you return home and receive a positive COVID-19 test.  

 

Should I submit leave or telework?

Employee personal, annual or sick leave must be used unless the principal/supervisor receives an official notice of a positive COVID-19 test. Telework approval will follow established procedures from the principal/supervisor upon the receipt of official notification of a positive COVID test.

I have been vaccinated. Am I still required to quarantine?

Fully vaccinated people can refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure to COVID-19 if asymptomatic.

For international travel, am I required to get a COVID-19 test upon returning to the United States and self-quarantine?

A  COVID-19 test is required. Official notification of a positive COVID-19 test will require quarantine leave granted by the administration.