Travel Protocol

April 12, 2021

Dear Families:

I wanted to be sure we are communicating as clearly as possible about the travel protocols in preparation for the upcoming vacation. We had feedback and so I am sending this with more detail than in my email over the weekend.

With the vacation coinciding with the return of all students at CMS and CCHS, it brings new factors to the circumstances.  The Out of State Travel section of the district webpage is updated and is pasted below.

The protocols of the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District remain more conservative than the state’s travel advisory dated March 22, 2021.  All students who travel must provide a negative PCR test after returning to Massachusetts.  Antigen and pool tests will not be accepted.  We will accept a rapid molecular ID NOW test.  This does not apply to travel out of state for less than 24 hours.

If a student has had COVID within the last 90 days then a PCR test is not required but proof of the positive test may be required.  If a child were COVID positive more than 90 days prior to travel, the PCR test is required upon return to Massachusetts.

If a student is fully vaccinated (14 days post the second shot), a PCR test is not required.  The schools require proof of vaccination be provided for any child that has traveled.

As of April 26, 2021, CMS and CCHS students who remain home awaiting test results will not be able to live stream into the classroom due to the full return of all students to in-person learning.

This information is accurate to the best of our ability and reflects practice as of April 12, 2021.

Our only goal is for a smooth week after the break when we have everyone back for the first time. We know this can be frustrating and certainly wish that it was simpler.   Please let us know if you have any questions.  And as always, thank you for the cooperation and support.