The best mitigation practice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is still to refrain from travel and gatherings where it is not possible to maintain a safe physical distance. We understand that families will make personal choices and ask that you know what affect your choices will have regarding your child rejoining school, should you choose to travel, or to host others in your home.
The following policies apply to all students as well as faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated (see faculty and staff section on criteria for being fully vaccinated).
TRAVELING THROUGH A TRANSPORTATION HUB
Based on the recommendation of the School’s Health Panel, The Bush School will adopt the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for travel. Starting February 15, anyone who travels out of state (or participates in an indoor gathering with more than five people from outside of your household) will be required to quarantine for fourteen days before returning to campus OR submit to a viral test five days after travel, and if the results are negative, conduct another viral test no sooner than twenty-four hours after the first test. Proof of travel timeline and negative test results will be required to return to campus.
TRAVELING IN A SOCIALLY ISOLATED SITUATION
If students travel in a socially isolated situation, the 14-day quarantine (or testing) is not required. Socially isolated refers to travel that does not require going through a travel hub (e.g, airport or bus/train station). Examples of socially isolated travel include camping as a family unit and traveling in a family vehicle. In any travel situation, please remember to:
gather outside if possible, or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces, wear masks, and wash hands frequently.
Behaviors that will require a quarantine, regardless of travel, include attending an indoor social gathering (defined as five people from outside of your household) or hosting overnight guests in your or home. If you invite friends/relatives who are not regular visitors into your home for an extended stay—overnight or longer—or visit friends/relatives in their homes for extended periods—overnight or longer—you will be required to quarantine. You will be required to quarantine for fourteen days before returning to campus OR submit to a viral test five days after gathering, and if the results are negative, conduct another viral test no sooner than twenty-four hours after the first test. Proof of gathering timeline and negative test results will be required to return to campus.
The following policy applies to fully vaccinated faculty and staff.
FULLY VACCINATED TRAVEL POLICY FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
In reviewing Bush’s travel policy and the recent CDC guidelines, the Bush Health Panel has advised that Bush faculty/staff who are fully vaccinated (one is fully vaccinated fourteen days after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer, vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and have proof of vaccination on file with School Wellness Coordinator Happy Salinas-Santos or Human Resources Director Shawna Skjonsberg-Fotoplous may travel through a travel hub (e.g. airport, bus station, train station, etc.) and return to work on campus without quarantining. This updated policy applies to domestic travel only. During travel, you still must follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely, which include wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, staying six feet from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer.