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Safety Policy

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.

All in-person classes require that students above the age of 5 are fully vaccinated.

In-person classes with kids 6ft apart wearing masks

Frequently Asked Questions

Are students required to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students ages 5 and older must be fully vaccinated.

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

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.

Shared Supplies

Supplies and materials that cannot be designated for single-student use will be wiped with cleaning wipes between uses.

Face Coverings

Face masks are optional in our coding classes. We encourage each of our families to choose what they feel is safest for their own child, and we will do our best to support your preference in class and remind students to keep their masks on if that is what their family decided.

  • Face coverings are required after return from 5-day isolation: Anyone returning on Day 6 after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without testing is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10.

  • Face coverings are strongly recommended following exposure: It is strongly recommended that face coverings be worn when an individual has been exposed or potentially exposed to COVID-19 (in the same room for 15 minutes or longer with a person who tested positive for COVID-19). This face covering should be well-fitting and should be worn for 10 days after the known exposure.

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.

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