Keeping Our Community Safe!
As a district, we are committed to providing flexibility for families and taking every measure possible to return to buildings in a safe and healthy manner. Although many aspects of our day will be different, what has not been altered is our drive to fulfill our mission to inspire learners to grow as contributing members of the global community. We ask that along with this commitment that we can engage in a reciprocity of grace and patience with each other, school and family, as we navigate this pandemic together.
Our school year is dependent upon a community of learners that understands and promotes best practices in health and safety. We know that the primary means of spreading COVID-19 is airborne through close contact. The use of face coverings is essential to our goal to prevent the spread. Students will be held accountable to the expectation, and we are grateful for family support. Another integral component to limiting the spread of COVID-19 is remaining home when you are ill. We ask that all families complete a daily health screening each morning prior to leaving for school. Please use our KASD Daily Screening Tool as a guide. If your child has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been advised to quarantine by a medical professional, please contact your school immediately to work with the team.
COVID-19 Information for Travelers
Latest Guidance At A Glance
- The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring travelers over age 11 entering Pennsylvania from locations outside the Commonwealth, including Pennsylvanians who are returning home from locations outside the Commonwealth, to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in quarantine for 10 days without testing or a 7-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.
- If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
- This does NOT apply to:
- Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for the purposes of work.
- Individuals who are returning to the Commonwealth after traveling outside the Commonwealth for less than 24 hours.
- Individuals traveling to and from the Commonwealth for medical reasons, including individuals providing comfort and support to a patient.
- Military personnel traveling to the Commonwealth by order or directive of a state or Federal military authority.
- Individuals in transit through the Commonwealth to another destination, provided that the time spent in the Commonwealth is only the amount of time necessary to complete the transit, make use of travel services, such as a highway rest stop, or make necessary travel connections.
- Individuals traveling to comply with a court order, such as child custody, or other exemptions issued by guidance.
- View the amended Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating to Travel.
Is travel quarantine the same as quarantine when in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?
No, the travel quarantine is separate and distinct from the isolation required when an individual tests positive for COVID-19 or the quarantine required when an individual has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This means individuals quarantining after travel, who have not been identified as a close contact, are permitted to stop quarantine once they receive a negative test result. Individuals in quarantine because they are a close contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 may not end quarantine early even with a negative test result.
Why are testing or travel quarantine being required?
Testing provides a way for individuals to know their current COVID-19 status and enable them to avoid spreading the virus. Recognizing that an individual may not have their test results before traveling, quarantine is intended to serve that same purpose, to prevent the spread of the virus.
Do I, as a Pennsylvanian, have to quarantine after I travel out of state?
Pennsylvanians returning to the Commonwealth from a location outside the Commonwealth must get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or after arriving in the Commonwealth. If an individual is unable to get a test, is waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test, they must complete a travel quarantine for 10 days after entering the Commonwealth. If choosing to quarantine or if waiting for negative test results, individuals should stay in their travel destination for the full 10-day period or a 7-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.
If someone returns to the Commonwealth and is unable to access a test prior to returning, can they get tested upon return to the Commonwealth?
Yes, if someone is unable to get a COVID-19 test prior to entering the Commonwealth, they may get a COVID-19 test, to comply with the order, after entry. If a person is waiting for test results, or chooses not to get a test, they must complete a travel quarantine for 10 days after entering the Commonwealth. If choosing to quarantine or if waiting for negative test results, individuals should stay at their travel destination for the full 10-day period quarantine or a 7 day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.
If I am awaiting my test result, am I permitted to enter the Commonwealth?
Yes, individuals are permitted to enter the Commonwealth if they are awaiting their test result. After arrival in the Commonwealth, individuals should stay in their home or travel destination without in-person contact with others outside their traveling party until they receive a negative test result. Individuals in travel quarantine who obtain a negative test do not need to continue the travel quarantine following that negative test result.
Do I still have to get tested after travel even if I have no symptoms?
Yes, individuals still need to be tested after travel even if they do not have symptoms. An individual can still have COVID-19 even if they are asymptomatic.
If you travel out of state, you should use this communication to inform your steps upon returning to school
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