• As we approach Spring Break, we remind all staff members, students and their families that Westside Community Schools will follow CDC and Douglas County Health guidelines regarding travel within and outside of the United States. Please keep reading for specific questions and answers.

    As always, we welcome emails at feedback@westside66.net and do our best to respond to all messages within 72 hours.


    CLICK HERE for the CDC FAQ regarding travel.

    CLICK HERE for the CDC guidelines regarding travel updates.



    Travel Overview

    Westside Community Schools will follow all recommendations by the CDC and Douglas County Health Department regarding travel within and outside of the United States. Those requirements are listed below.
    For Westside employees: iof you do not have time approved to be quarantined after travel, you should not make travel plans. Action may be taken if an employee is absent and they do not have prior approval for the necessary time required for quarantine after travel. Important note: you are not considered to be fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final vaccination. More information below concerning travel when vaccinated.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
    • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before your trip.
    • Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, or you test positive for COVID-19. Learn when it is safe for you to travel. Don't travel with someone who is sick.
    • Follow all entry requirements for your destination and provide any required or requested health information.
    • If you do not follow your destination's requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
    • During travel, wear a mask, avoid crowds, stay at least 6 feet from people who are not traveling with you, wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, and watch for symptoms.
    • Before traveling back to the United States by air, get tested with a viral test no more than 3 days before your flight departs. The test result must be negative. Keep a copy of your test results with you during travel in case you are asked for them.
    • After you travel internationally, get tested 3–5 days after travel AND stay home to self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. If you don't get tested, it's safest to stay home to self-quarantine for 10 days.

    When to Practice Social Distancing & Self Monitoring

    • Out-of-state travelers and others traveling within Nebraska (e.g.commuters) should practice strict social distancing and self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Individuals that develop symptoms should immediately self-isolate.

    CDC Information Regarding Travel When Already Vaccinated

    • To reduce the risk of further spread of variant strains in the United States, peoplewho have been vaccinated should still follow CDC’s travel recommendations and requirements before, during, and after travel. This includes all travel-related testing and quarantine recommendations and requirements, such as pre-travel and post-travel testing recommendations, the pre-departure testing requirement for international air passengers to the United States, and the recommended stay-at-home (self-quarantine) period after travel.
    • Fully vaccinated travelers should also follow all state, territorial, tribal, and local travel recommendations and requirements.
    • All international air passengers (aged 2 years or older) traveling to the U.S. regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. Those departing from or traveling within the United States are also recommended to get tested before traveling. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested 3–5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative. Travelers who don’t get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. Travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.