What if I go on a trip?

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to any person who has traveled to CDC Levels 2 and higher Health Notice country under the COVID risk assessment.

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question.

To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel guidelines click here or call 1-833-789-0470.

Individuals may also contact their local department of health.

Can I come to campus today?

You must respond no to the following questions:

  • Does your child currently have (or have had in the last 10 days) one or more of these new or worsening symptoms: temperature above 100 degrees F, feeling feverish or chills, cough, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, body aches, headaches, nasal congestion, or runny nose?
  • In the past 14 days has your child traveled internationally to a CDC level 2 or 3 COVID-19 related travel health notice; or traveled to a state or territory on the NYS travel advisory list; or been designated a contact of a person who tested positive by a local health department?
  • In the past 10 days has your child been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, has your child met the criteria to return to campus?

Can I return to campus now that I have been out? 

There are various pathways you could return to school based on your situation. Please contact us at health@middlewayschool.org for guidance relating to your specific situation. Below you will find general guidelines:

  • If your healthcare provider recommends a COVID-19 diagnostic test, please stay home until you receive the results.
    • If the test is positive you must remain in isolation until the local health department releases you, typically after 14 days, with improvement in symptoms, and fever free without medication for at least 72 hours.
    • If the test is negative you can return when your symptoms are improving and you are fever free for at least 24 hours. You will need a doctor’s note confirming the negative test. 
  • If your healthcare provider gives you an alternative diagnosis:
    • You must have a note from your doctor explaining the diagnosis and can return when you meet the guidelines for that diagnosis.
  • If you are recommended to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test and do not get one OR are not given a confirmed alternative diagnosis OR do not visit your healthcare provider:
    • You can return to campus once you have been in isolation and the local health department releases you, typically after 14 days, with improvement in symptoms, and fever free without medication for at least 72 hours.