Letters from the Principals
DCP El Camino Middle School
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I best protect myself from getting the COVID-19 virus?
- Use proper hand hygiene including washing hands with soap or using hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth because one way viruses spread is when you touch your own mouth, nose or eyes.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue, sleeve, or arm. Do not use your hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces such as countertops and doorknobs.
- Keep away from others who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
What are the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus?
Symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, and aches. The illness can progress to shortness of breath and complications from pneumonia. Symptoms may also include nausea with vomiting and diarrhea. Some infected patients experience only mild symptoms while others – particularly older individuals and those with underlying health conditions – might develop more severe symptoms.
What should I do if I don’t feel well?
- If you have a fever, go home immediately and stay there until at least 24 hours after the fever goes away naturally without the use of fever-reducing medicine. For example, if your fever lasts for three days, you should stay home for at least four days.
- Consider not attending or hosting large gatherings. This is where cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses are often spread.
Will DCP schools be closing?
The County Public Health Department is not recommending closing schools at this time. If a staff member or student in a specific school confirmed to have COVID-19, the Public Health Department will consider, based on the specific facts and circumstances of that case, whether closure of that school is warranted. The reason we are not recommending school closures at this time is because children have not been shown to be a high-risk group for serious illness from this virus. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities.
We encourage all school officials to carefully review and follow the CDC’s guidance for K-12 schools and childcare centers, as well as our recommendations for mass gatherings and large events. We are aware that schools in our community may need to make decisions about postponement or cancelation of specific activities.
Some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
For additional information including, guidance for workplaces and businesses, persons hosting mass gatherings and large community events, people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness and people who are sick, please read the following press release.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
The Santa Clara County Department of Public Health has a call center available open Monday through Friday, from 8 am – 5 pm at 408-885-3980.