PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Starting Monday, schools will be absent for the February vacation, but if you plan to travel there are certain rules to follow. New Hampshire is the only New England state that remains on Rhode Island’s travel advice list. State guidelines say that if you visit New Hampshire you must quarantine yourself for 10 days upon your return or show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of your return to Rhode Island. Even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine, that does not mean that you are off the hook. The RI Health Department says fully vaccinated people should always follow travel advice. Barrington’s mother, Paige Rahn, said February vacation was when she usually tried to find something fun for her kids to do, but that wouldn’t involve traveling this year. “A lot of places aren’t open and the ones that are, I just feel like they can’t guarantee my kids won’t get the coronavirus,” she said. Rahn’s 6 and 11-year-olds were born early and have weaker immune systems, so she asks parents to be considerate. “Not so much your kids, but you have to start thinking about other kids if you’re not going to quarantine,” she says. “You could be the reason someone gets sick.” Paige tells 12 News she’s worried about those who break the rules and send their kids to school. “We also encountered this during the winter holidays. We actually kept our older child at home for four weeks, ”she says. Some districts and schools provide counseling for students traveling out of state. North Kingstown High School has sent out a notice advising students traveling to high-risk states to get tested. They also asked them to quarantine themselves for seven days and only to return to school if they were negative. In Warwick, they are advising a 14-day quarantine after travel to a high-risk state. Currently, the Department of Health does not require distance learning for school districts after the break. .
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