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Community Letter Regarding Travel

November 17, 2020

Greetings, ICSD Staff, Students and Families,

The Ithaca City School District community continues to do an exceptional job of mitigating the spread of COVID-19. To date, the Tompkins County Health Department has not notified the District of transmission in any of our schools, and it is believed all positive cases of COVID-19 were contracted outside of the school setting. This is all thanks to our collective commitment to health and safety practices. 

As the weather turns colder, this is the time of year when many find themselves traveling to visit, or receiving, family and friends. However, doing so in the midst of a pandemic comes with significant risks and strict regulations. On November 11, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo released new guidance reducing the number of people allowed to gather, indoors or outdoors, at private residences to 10.

If you are planning to travel in the coming weeks, we urge you to do so with an abundance of caution. Additionally, we all are required to follow New York State’s travel guidelines outlined below: 

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 or level 3 country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within 3 days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for 3 days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come 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 Health Form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

The following chart provides a visual representation of the requirements for your reference: 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4: Test
Before leaving for New York State, obtain a COVID-19 test, any 3 days before departure from the other state Upon arrival to New York State, quarantine (stay in your home) and obtain another COVID-19 test on Day 4

As community spread increases in our region, and we see COVID-19 positivity rates rising within Tompkins County, adherence to our agreed-upon health and safety measures are perhaps more important than ever. In addition to wearing a mask, maintaining 6 feet of distance, frequent handwashing, staying home when sick, practicing good respiratory hygiene, and filling out the daily screener, the Tompkins County Health Department is discouraging all gatherings between households and all non-essential travel

Thank you for your continued efforts and strength in the midst of this extraordinary time. The Ithaca community is an exceptional one, and we look forward to the day when we can gather together, and travel, as we once did. 

For more information on travel
For general inquiries contact the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question:

Resources to assess risk with travel or gatherings
COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool:

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