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.


If you wish to travel over spring break, and to have your child return to campus with their classmates on March 29th, take out your calendar and begin counting days. Then, factor in the quarantine requirements that your destination might have. You will quickly see that you will need to plan carefully even for the best case scenario, and even then, you will need some good luck as well.

Gordon's current requirements for travelers

All families, faculty and staff are required to fill out the travel survey at

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 over the break must complete a travel attestation form and email it to Nurse Sandy email before returning to campus on Monday, March 29th.

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.

CDC requirements for air travelers

As of January 26th, the CDC requires all air passengers arriving in the U.S. from any foreign country to have a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.

Other state's quarantine requirements

As of early February 2021:

  • Rhode Island is still on the restricted list of many other states. Rhode Islanders must follow any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements for the states they plan to visit.
  • Vermont has issued a mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling to, or returning to, the state. Out-of-state travelers arriving in Vermont must complete either a fourteen-day quarantine, or a seven-day quarantine followed by a negative test in their home state. Travelers must remain in quarantine, even after a negative test, until they travel to Vermont. This applies to day trips as well, and applies if you own a home in Vermont. More information can be found here.
  • Massachusetts requires a ten-day quarantine before traveling to the state for non-essential reasons. Travelers are exempt from quarantine if they produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to seventy-two hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts. More information can be found here.

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.