Rhode Island COVID-19 Travel Guidance

There has been an increase in request for guidance clarification within the K-12 school community as to when a student or staff member can return to school after travel. Per the Outbreak Response Playbook for PreK-12, (referenced on slide 34) RIDOH recommends that the preferred method is to quarantine for 14 days after returning to RI from international travel or travel to a US state where > 5% of COVID tests are positive due to: 

  • COVID-19 can develop any time between 2-14 days after exposure 
  • A single negative test only indicates that you are negative at that point in time, but you could become infectious any time through day 14 
  • Quarantining for 14 days before returning to school is the best way to reduce the chance of exposing the school community to COVID-19

We acknowledge that RIDOH provides the general public with an exception that an individual may provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within the 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island. However, within the K-12 school community, RIDOH encourages school leaders to incorporate the quarantine approach into their LEA’s current protocols to reinforce a more conservative approach. If you have any questions for further clarification, please email the Education Operations Center (EdOC) at EDOC@ride.ri.gov 

Source: RIDE