Temporary Student and Employee Travel Policies

Temporary COVID-19 Student Travel Policy

International Travel
Students who must travel internationally are required to adhere to the CDC recommendations for returning to the US after traveling to a country that is considered Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4. Please note that beginning January 26, 2021, all air passengers are required to get a viral test within three days before their flight departs for the United States. Negative test results for all passengers or documentation of recovery must be provided before boarding the flight. Further information from the CDC on this requirement may be found here

Post-Travel Quarantine
Students may choose one of two quarantine options:

  • Complete a test at a lab (no at-home tests will be accepted) 3-5 days after travel and complete a self-quarantine for 7 days, even if the test result is negative, or
  • Do not test, but quarantine for a full 10 days before coming to campus for the first time after the travel. 

Students returning to the US are responsible for securing a quarantine location away from campus, before they can move into their residence hall or come to campus for classes. This quarantine location must allow for the student to remain in the case that the student tests positive for COVID-19.

A student who tests positive will not be able to move into the residence hall until they have isolated themselves according to the CDC guidelines. Students who travel internationally will not be allowed to quarantine on campus (in their residence hall or Mother Angela Center) prior to the first day in an official capacity, which includes: move in date, first class or required academic activity, on-campus employment, or official participation in varsity sport activities.

If travel dates do not allow for the appropriate time for quarantine before the first day of classes, the student is responsible for making arrangements with Karen Chambers, Dean of Student Academic Services to start the semester virtually until the quarantine is completed. Dr. Chambers can be reached at kchambers@saintmarys.edu.

Temporary COVID-19 Employee Travel Policy

College-sponsored travel is frozen. 

Employees are encouraged to consult the CDC Travel Guidelines before undertaking personal travel.

International Travel
Employees who must travel internationally are required to adhere to the CDC recommendations for returning to the US after traveling to a country that is considered Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4Please note that beginning January 26, 2021, all air passengers are required to get a viral test within three days before their flight departs for the United States. Negative test results for all passengers or documentation of recovery must be provided before boarding the flight. Further information from the CDC on this requirement may be found here

Domestic Travel
Employees who travel domestically overnight and/or who engage in high-risk travel activities as defined by the CDC, are required to follow the same CDC after travel and quarantine guidelines, outlined below.

Post-Travel Quarantine
Both international and domestic travel will require post-travel quarantine. Employees may choose one of two quarantine options.

  • Complete a test at a lab (no at-home tests will be accepted) 3-5 days after travel and complete a self-quarantine for 7 days, even if the test result is negative, or
  • Do not test but quarantine for a full 10 days before coming to campus for the first time after the travel. 

In the case that travel dates do not allow for appropriate quarantine time before the first day back on campus, the employee is responsible for making arrangements with their supervisor to work remotely (when possible and appropriate) or to arrange for vacation/personal time until the quarantine period is completed. 

Employees who have completed the Human Resources COVID Vaccination Form, and who received their final vaccine at least two weeks prior to traveling, are exempt from quarantining upon return as long as they remain symptom-free.

Additional Information

Background
The CDC has specific recommendations on steps to follow when returning to the US during the pandemic, after traveling abroad. General recommendations for travel can be found
here, and the recommendations for steps after international travel can be found here

This policy deals primarily with employees and students returning to campus after spending time abroad. Similar to other policies put in place last semester, the goal of this policy is to slow down the spread of the virus, and to protect our community. 

At the time this policy was written (12/3/20), the recommendations from the CDC are listed below. This policy will be updated as the CDC adjusts their recommendations. 

Get Tested and Stay Home After Higher Risk Travel
Testing before and after travel can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Testing does not eliminate all risk, but when paired with a period of staying at home and precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at travelers’ destinations.

If you participated in higher-risk activities during your international travel, take the actions listed above AND do the following after travel:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

Higher Risk Activities
Per the CDC, the following are some activities that put you at higher risk for COVID-19:

  • Travel from a country or U.S. territory with a Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 Travel Health Notice.
  • Going to a large social gathering like a wedding, funeral, or party.
  • Attending a mass gathering like a sporting event, concert, or parade.
  • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters.
  • Taking public transportation like trains or buses or being in transportation hubs like airports.
  • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat.