New Travel Guidelines 02/07/2021

New Travel Guidelines 02/07/2021

Dear Bemus Point Community, 


With the February break quickly approaching, I wanted to remind you of the current New York State travel guidelines and the recently released Chautauqua County Department of Health guidelines.

The current practice for people who travel outside of New York State is to, on their return, put themselves in a self-quarantine for 10 days. Anyone who travels to states that are contiguous with New York (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont) are exempt from the travel advisory. However, travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form

For anyone who chooses to travel out of state, the guidelines do provide you with a way to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine:

  • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test, but still remain in quarantine. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test. 


  • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out the Traveler Health Form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

As a reminder, our daily screening requires all parents and students to complete the screening truthfully and accurately when you are physically in school. Please understand this protocol has been put in place to minimize the potential risks and to protect all employees and students from potential exposure. 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.  
Stay safe and stay well Bemus Point.

Joe Reyda, Superintendent of Schools