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Lincoln Academy Travel Guidance

April 2, 2021

For those traveling out of Maine for a short time and then returning, that person must either quarantine for 10 days; OR quarantine until a negative Covid-19 test result is obtained. While the State of Maine allows this to be done with a rapid antigen test, the PCR test is considered more reliable and is what LA has required throughout this school year.

LA students, faculty, or staff who travel out of Maine should plan to quarantine upon return. Then, 5-7 days into that quarantine period the person should take a PCR test. This is when such tests are at their most sensitive and accurate. When a negative result can be produced, the person may return to school.

Currently, travel to/from all other New England states is exempt from quarantine requirements upon returning to Maine. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 90 days are also exempt from quarantine.

Someone travelling to Maine after being out of state for more than a period of 10 days does not need to quarantine upon arrival IF they have evidence of a negative Covid-19 result within 72 hours PRIOR TO arrival in Maine. These tests can be either the antigen (‘rapid’) or molecular (‘PCR’). But, again, for clearance to return to school, LA requires a negative PCR test rst.

We are fortunate to have excellent resources for testing in our community. If you are a patient of Lincoln Health, you can schedule post-trip testing even before you leave. If not, we recommend contacting your PCP for further guidance; or the Respiratory Care Clinic on the Miles Campus at Lincoln Health (563-4353).

As always, please reach out with any questions : eduffy@lincolnacademy.org; 563-3596 x197

Sincerely,

Eric Duffy, RN
Health Center Director

Jeffrey S. Burroughs
Head of School

Andrew Russ, MD
Medical Advisor