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COVID-19 Cases and Travel Guidance - 03.17.21

Several positive cases of COVID-19 amongst our older students recently necessitated the 8th-10th grade students (and staff) to switch to remote learning, and those effected were contacted directly. We will continue to keep you updated with any positive cases that have operational impact. Otherwise we will post all cases on our COVID Tracker site. For those who also like to know what the county and statewide percent positive rates are, you can see this information at the NY Forward website

Please (please!) continue to notify us at COVIDreport@bscsd.org if you have symptoms, been knowingly exposed to an individual who has tested positive, if you have traveled outside of the state to a non-contiguous state, or if you have tested positive. 

The travel guidelines from NYS have changed over the past two weeks and are as follows:

  1. On March 3, the Governor announced that until March 31, all travelers coming into (or back into NYS) who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine or “test out” of quarantine. All others would be required to quarantine or could “test out” as detailed in the March 10 Interim Guidance.  
  2. On March 10, the Governor announced that effective April 1, no domestic traveler (traveling within the United States) will have to quarantine or test out upon returning to New York State. However, while no longer required, quarantine after domestic travel is still advised as added precaution. 

For families who may be traveling out of New York State prior to spring break, until March 31 you (if you were not fully vaccinated) and your child(ren) will be required to be tested prior to leaving your destination and again upon your return as outlined in the NYS Interim Guidance. After April 1, this testing is no longer required regardless of whether or not you are vaccinated. 

For those who will be traveling out of state for spring break, please do so with continued caution and vigilance against the virus, particularly given the ongoing risk for community spread as noted above. 

Once again, a reminder for families to please complete all portions of the Pinpoint Health screener each school day (we still have many families not reporting as required by the state DOH).  Also, continue to encourage your student(s) to stay vigilant in mask wearing, social distancing, avoiding large crowds and practicing good hygiene as these are the critical steps that will keep us all healthy thereby allowing our schools to stay open. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at schoolopening@bscsd.org.