Travel, close contacts, and other quarantine scenarios

If your child feels sick, please see the questions and answers at

If your child is not ill, there are still certain scenarios that might require them to quarantine before returning to school.


Gordon's current requirements for travelers

The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued new quarantine guidance following travel. As you know, individual schools have discretion to issue guidance that is more conservative than the state's to meet their health and safety objectives.

Gordon is requiring one of the two options below for anyone traveling back to Rhode Island from outside the continental United States, from Washington DC, or from a state on Rhode Island's restricted travel list:

Quarantine for ten days upon return to Rhode Island and monitor for symptoms until day fourteen


Quarantine for seven days and get a PCR test on or after day five. Remain in quarantine for the full seven days and monitor for symptoms until day fourteen.

And, all community members who travel must complete a travel attestation form and email it to Nurse Sandy email before returning to campus.

These requirements are more flexible than the fourteen day quarantine we had previously asked for, but they are still quite demanding. The safest and simplest option is still, of course, remaining in Rhode Island.

Household cases and close contacts

What if your child feels fine, but someone else in their world was diagnosed with COVID-19?

Perhaps your child lives with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. Maybe they live with someone who was determined to be a close contact of a positive case over winter break. Or you might have been informed by the Department of Health that your child is considered a close contact of a positive case. 

In any of these cases, please get in touch with Nurse Horton at before your child returns to campus.

The specific guidance is complex, with several contingencies. Nurse Horton is well-briefed on the guidance, and can help sort out your family's particular situation.