The Coding Space continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and bodies of government. We will communicate with our community through email as new information or guidance emerges.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are students required to be vaccinated?
Yes. Students ages 5 and older must complete their first dose of the vaccine no later than Sunday 1/30/22. Families should continue to follow the manufacturer and vaccine site’s recommendations regarding completion of the second dose 21 days following the initial dose.
Are all employees fully vaccinated?
Yes, all teachers and staff attending in person classes are fully vaccinated.
If my child is vaccinated, will they need to participate in a health screening?Yes. Upon arrival, and before being admitted to programming, all students must undergo a Health Screening, which includes a series of questions and a temperature check.
Positive Screening Results
If an individual presents a temperature greater than 100oF, the individual will not be permitted to attend class.
If an individual answers in the affirmative to any of the screening questions, the individual will not be permitted to attend class and will be instructed to contact their healthcare provider for assessment and/or testing.
Asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 in the previous 3 months who screen positive for COVID-19 exposure may remain in class. Consideration will also be given to individuals experiencing known side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.
If my child is vaccinated, will they need to quarantine following exposure to a positive case?
Consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidance, vaccinated persons with exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet the following criteria:
- Are fully vaccinated; and,
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
Vaccinated individuals must quarantine if they are members of the same household of the positive case with ongoing close contact during the period of infection.
What happens when The Coding Space learns of a positive COVID-19 test?
Once The Coding Space is notified of a positive COVID-19 test, we immediately notify the parents/guardians of children who attend our programming at the location the infected person attended. In a separate email, we notify those who have had close contact with the infected person.
Who qualifies as a close contact?
Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 10 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, two individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 10 minutes).
Does my child need to quarantine if they were already positive for COVID-19 in the past?
Consistent with CDC guidance from February 13, 2021, asymptomatic individuals who have previously been diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and have since recovered, are not required to retest and quarantine within 3 months after the date of symptom onset from the initial COVID-19 infection or date of the first positive diagnostic test if asymptomatic during illness.
How long will my child be in quarantine?
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the individual can return to class 10 days out from the start of the symptoms if they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and their symptoms have improved.
In the event that the student came in close contact with a person with COVID-19, the student must be quarantined unless they are fully vaccinated or have been previously-positive in the past 90 days. Vaccinated individuals must quarantine if they are members of the same household of the positive case with ongoing close contact during the period of infection.
Consistent with guidance from the CDC, unvaccinated students who are required to quarantine following an exposure to a positive COVID-19 case may now reduce their duration of quarantine by receiving a negative PCR test. The New York City Department of Health requires a quarantine of 10 days for unvaccinated individuals exposed to COVID-19 unless the exposed individual receives a negative COVID-19 test on day five or later. A negative test conducted on day five or later will allow students to return to class after day seven of their quarantine. The test must be a molecular test (such as a PCR test) or antigen test performed in a doctor’s office, clinic, or other testing site.
Individuals must continue daily symptom monitoring through Day 14 and should continue strict adherence to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions, including hand hygiene and the use of face coverings. If any symptoms develop, individuals should immediately self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status and determine if they should seek testing.
Can my child use an at-home test to 'test out' of the 10-day quarantine?
Yes, but they must complete two at-home tests. If using two at-home tests, the first test must be performed at least five days after your last exposure, and the second test must be performed 24 hours after the first test (or longer based on the manufacturer’s instructions).
Will there be remote learning for students placed in quarantine?
In the event that a child has to quarantine, The Coding Space will offer a virtual class as an alternative to in person.
Will there be remote learning for students if classes are cancelled due to Covid?
If we make the decision to temporarily close in-person sessions due to rising Covid cases, virtual classes with the same schedule will replace until we reopen.
Will The Coding Space close its in-person classes if public schools close due to increasing COVID-19 positivity rates?
The Coding Space will not make decisions in lockstep with Departments of Education. We will certainly abide by mandated governmental guidance or direction regarding closure and will communicate further details to you.
Physical distancing requirements are a minimum of three feet between students.
A minimum of six feet of distance must be maintained when eating snacks or drinking.
Supplies and materials that cannot be designated for single-student use will be wiped with cleaning wipes between uses.
All individuals in our spaces must wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status. The Coding Space will have cloth face coverings available for each student and employee available. No one is required to wear the The Coding Space-provided face covering, but a face covering must be worn as indicated below:
- Students, employees, parents, guardians, and caregivers: face coverings are required when in class unless in a single-occupant room, when outdoors, or when eating/drinking.
All students and employees must adhere to the CDC’s guidance on washing cloth face coverings. If wearing a disposable face covering, the manufacturer should be consulted to determine appropriate use.
Acceptable face coverings include cloth-based face coverings (e.g, homemade sewn, quick cut), N-95 or KN-95 respirators, and surgical masks that cover both the nose and mouth. Bandanas or face masks with exhalation vents or valves are not considered acceptable face coverings. Acceptable face coverings should have at least two layers (e.g. 2-ply) and fit snug against your face without gaping openings around the edges. If choosing to wear a face shield, it must be worn in addition to a face covering. Face shields alone are not considered adequate protection against COVID-19. Additional information about how to select, wear, and clean your mask may be found here.
Following a Confirmed Case of COVID-19
Facilities will clean and disinfect exposed areas in the event an individual is confirmed to have COVID-19 with such cleaning and disinfection to include, at a minimum, all heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces. The School will adhere to the CDC guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility. Once the area has been appropriately cleaned, it will be reopened for use. If more than seven days have passed since the person who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary, but routine cleaning and disinfection will continue.