Holiday Travel Considerations
As we get ready for Winter Break, please consider how your holiday plans could impact not only your friends and family but also your ability to return to school or work after break. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its travel guidance and now recommends quarantining for seven days and getting tested after travel to most places outside of the United States. You can view a summary of the travel recommendations by destination here.
Regarding travel, the CDC recommends that the safest thing to do is stay home. Any decision to travel, depending on your return date, could affect a student’s ability to return to in-person learning. If you do make the decision travel, please take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:
- Consider getting tested with a viral test three to five days after your trip and reduce non-essential activities for a full seven days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, consider reducing non-essential activities for 10 days.
- When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Monitor your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
The CDC offers a number of considerations for how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families and communities healthy and safe. The most recent guidelines recommend limiting holiday gatherings to those within your household and avoiding travel.
Precautions and safety measures do make a difference and will give us the best chance of continuing to offer in-person learning and you the best option to be at school to work or learn on Jan. 11. Please be thoughtful about your choices during Winter Break. For example, with the St. Louis County Department of Health’s adherence to a 14-day quarantine for close contacts, any exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 after Dec. 28 will prevent students or staff from returning to school on Jan. 11.
To keep our schools open, it will require all of us working together and taking the necessary precautions. Please continue to be diligent about following safety protocols, including mask-wearing, physical distancing and staying home when sick.