HPS families cautioned about holiday travel

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Hopkinton Public Schools superintendent Carol Cavanaugh emailed the schools community earlier this month to clarify the protocol for those planning to travel during the Thanksgiving break.

According to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID-19 travel order (mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order), all visitors as well as returning residents who do not meet an exemption are required to complete the Massachusetts Travel Form (mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-travel-form) prior to arrival from a restricted state. These individuals also must quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

Travel from lower-risk states do not require a form. As of Nov. 23, the lower-risk states outside Massachusetts were: Vermont and Hawaii.

Any student planning to travel to a restricted state is being asked to inform their building principal and school nurse.

Failure to comply with these orders could result in a $500 fine per day.

Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Hopkinton health director Shaun McAuliffe.

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