February 5, 2021
Dear Families and Staff,
Due to the many questions about testing and traveling during the upcoming vacation we would like to remind you all of the COVID-19 guidelines for testing and traveling for the Falmouth Public School District.
The two most common tests available for identifying COVID-19 are the PCR test and the rapid antigen test. The PCR test is the most accurate diagnostic test for identifying a current COVID-19 infection. The Falmouth School District will accept the PCR and rapid antigen tests for individuals with symptoms and individuals who have been exposed. The PCR test is required for travel.
If you are traveling within the United States please follow the following guidelines:
When traveling to a high-risk state for greater than 72 hours, you must:
Fill out the “Massachusetts Travel Form” AND receive a negative COVID test that was taken
no longer than 72 hours prior to your return to MA
OR Quarantine for 10 days.
When traveling to a high-risk state for 72 hours or less, you must:
Fill out the “Massachusetts Travel Form” AND receive a negative COVID test AFTER
your return to MA
OR Quarantine for 10 days
- You must show a Negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the airplane
- Return from Travel: Must get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home: self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.** Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.**
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself for 10 days until fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improving.
Please Review: International Travel Guidelines per CDC
Please review the Mass Gov. website for travel guidelines: Mass.gov. If you are choosing to test instead of quarantining, all children, regardless of age, need to be tested if they have visited a state not currently identified as low risk.
Tests should be submitted to the Public Health Nurse or School Nurse before returning to school. Please do not send your child to school without confirmation that the test results have been received.
Thank you for helping to keep our school community safe.
The Nurses of Falmouth Public School District