COVID-19 (Coronavirus): DCP Updates


DCP continues taking steps to protect the health and safety of our school communities, as well as honoring our students’ need to learn.  Below are some of the specific steps we have taken and are taking as part of our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concern:

Update March 25, 2020: School Closure extended to May 1st, 2020

Dear DCP families:

We are writing to let you know that Santa Clara County, in partnership with five other Bay Area counties, has decided that school closures be extended through Friday, May 1, 2020.  In accordance with that decision, all DCP campuses will remain closed to student attendance through May 1st, but please note that our front offices will remain open from 10AM to 2PM to answer your questions via phone in support of essential services including meal services, instruction and all activities needed to support the essential services. 

Please note that: Teachers will continue with distance learning through Google Classroom throughout school closures.  

This effort is to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, and the community are the highest priorities of all schools and districts in these six counties.

 We know that the extension of the school closures brings many questions about the spring break, the last day of school, graduation, summer programs, et cetera. We are working through each of these and will communicate updates with you as soon as we can.

The shelter in place order and all other Public Health, county and state guidance remain in place.  Please continue to check this page for updates and resources. We will continue to update you during this rapidly evolving situation as we get guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, as well as other local, State and Federal agencies.

We know this is a difficult time for all of us.  We cannot thank you enough for your flexibility and support as we navigate through these new challenges.

Resources for Families

As we work to protect all members of our community from COVID-19, the Rapid Response Network  in Santa Clara County continues its operations and stands ready to protect community members targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If you see or think you see ICE in your community, call 408-290-1144 immediately and Rapid Response volunteers and immigration attorneys will be ready to assist. We stand with all of our community, regardless of immigration status.

  • COVID-19 Online Screening Test: complete an online screening to determine whether you qualify for in-person testing (note: not intended for persons experiencing severe symptoms)
  • Santa Clara Fairgrounds Testing Site: There is now a testing site up and running 7 days a week at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds due to a partnership with the state, county and Verily. You can do the online screening here to determine if you are eligible to be tested at this time. Please do not come to the fairgrounds without going through the screening process and given an appointment time.

Family Referral – Connection to Resources

Do you need help finding a specific resource not listed above? Someone from DCP staff can call you or email you with phone number/contact information if you need help connecting with a resource. 

Fill out the referral form and someone will get back to you in the next few days.

Messages from DCP’s Executive Director

LETTER FROM DCP’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JENNIFER ANDALUZ

(updated March 20, 2020)

Dear DCP Families,

For the last twenty years I’ve had the great pleasure of working alongside DCP families to realize the dream of college success for the students of San Jose.

Today, we are facing uncertain and challenging times yet the values that have helped us throughout our history serve us today: comunidad, ganas and orgullo. Community is one of DCP’s core values because we find comfort, inspiration, and resilience when we take on big challenges together.

Together, we have helped over 1200 students enroll and graduate from college.

Together, we have built school facilities that will serve generations for years to come.

And, together, we will support one another at this critical time.

DCP is more than four schools–over the years I’ve heard from students that DCP is like a second home, a family. The teachers and staff at DCP are committed to supporting each of you through this difficult time.

Announcements:

DCP’s college counselors are setting up virtual meetings with seniors to ensure all students are on track for graduation and college enrollment in the fall. This is college acceptance season–please check our social media and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020.

Teachers are working diligently with their Principals to establish and communicate distance learning plans. Thank you for responding to the technology survey so that we can ensure every student has access to a computer and the internet. Already, DCP has disseminated 342 chromebooks for student learning. Please ask your student to see their Google classrooms!

If your student was receiving social-emotional support from a DCP school counselor, they will be reaching out this week and next to discuss support options. If your student was not yet receiving support, but you feel they need it at this time, we are working on a variety of support activities and links that will be available early next week.

If your student or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 and ask for a CIT officer.

Additionally, the following hotline is available to all families in Santa Clara County: Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Hotline For English Call 855-278-4204

DCP wants to help families connect with community resources during this difficult time.

Please visit DCP’s website to find links to resources including food assistance, employment and housing. Also, make sure your student has completed the family survey on google classroom with you.

LETTER FROM DCP’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JENNIFER ANDALUZ

(updated March 16, 2020)

Dear DCP Families,

Community is one of DCP’s core values because we find comfort, inspiration, and resilience when we take on big challenges together. We are thinking of you and your students during these difficult times.

As you know, Santa Clara County has mandated shelter-in-place beginning March 17 except for those organizations and businesses providing “essential services.” The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has defined schools as organizations providing essential services and added that these services include meal service to students and any activities geared toward providing distance learning for students. As a result, DCP will continue to keep front offices open but will reduce the hours from 10am to 2pm. During this time, we will assist parents with any activities needed to provide distance learning to our students. We will also provide meal services during this time.

As a reminder, Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Despite being closed, DCP continues its mission to serve your students toward their dream of becoming college graduates. We know our spirit of community will carry us through this time and we look forward to serving you and your students each day.

Jennifer Andaluz

DCP Updates

April 4, 2020

Message to students and families who may have had direct contact with employee:

We want to inform you that a DCP staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. We are contacting you directly because your student may have been exposed to this staff member while picking up SAT materials or engineering materials during the week of March 16. We are advising you to follow the guidelines from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health for monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath) for 14 days. If you do experience any symptoms please contact a healthcare provider.

We are here to support you.  Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Please let us know if anything changes for you and your family.

April 3, 2020

No update.

April 1, 2020

  • As you may have heard, Governor Newsom held a press conference today where he discussed closing schools for the remainder of this year. This was not unanticipated and we have made contingency plans for multiple possibilities.  Please note we have yet to receive official communication from the California Department of Education. In addition, when we contacted the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), they also had not received any notification, official or unofficial. Once we receive the official communication, we will follow up with more information about our next steps. 
  • DCP Spring Break will be held as scheduled (April 13th to April 17th). 
  • Given the increased restrictions announced by the Santa Clara County Health Department yesterday, we will reduce office hours to 11AM to 1PM effective this Friday, April 3, 2020. During this time, we will provide meal services and any activities necessary to assist with distance learning.

March 31, 2020

NEW SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER Effective March 31, 2020 through May 3rd.

Cesar Chavez was an important leader in the movement for social justice. Today we honor him with a few words from DCP’s Executive Director, Jennifer Andaluz. Si se puede! #dcp #20YearsOfGanas #lobos #cesarchavez #edjustice Video in English

March 30, 2020

  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for an extended period beginning Monday, March 16 through May 1st in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. 
  • Santa Clara County has now expanded the shelter in place order from March 17th to May 1st.  This means families should stay inside except for essential services.
  • Due to the Shelter In Place Recommendations, Office Hours at School Sites will be remain limited to 10am-2pm.

March 27, 2020

DCP is closed today for Cesar Chavez Day.  There will be no online classes, food service will not be available at DCP sites and the offices will be closed.  We will reopen to essential closure functions on Monday, March 30.

March 26, 2020

Please remember that DCP is closed for Cesar Chavez Day on Friday, March 27th.  There will be no online classes, food service will not be available at DCP sites and the offices will be closed.  We will reopen to essential closure functions on Monday, March 30.

March 25, 2020

  • Reminder: DCP Schools will be closed Friday, March 27th in observance of Cesar Chavez Day. 
  • Please look out for information on how parents can support distance learning and student expectations.  You can find the letters here.
  • Please remember to check out our “Resources for Families” section on our Health Updates page.  We are adding things almost every day, so please check it out often. 
  • If you are in need of a device or internet access for your child to access distance learning, please contact your school.
  • Community transmission is ongoing in Santa Clara County. As the community follows the Health Officer Order to Shelter in Place issued on March 16, 2020, notification regarding potential contacts to cases will no longer be provided, and school districts/charter schools are not required to provide any notifications.  Everyone, except for those providing or receiving essential services, should be staying home, especially anyone who is feeling ill. Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, should call their healthcare provider for further guidance before going to the doctor. Only the severely ill should seek care at an emergency room and should, if at all possible, call first.
  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. Read More Here.
  • Santa Clara County has issued a shelter in place order from March 17th to April 7th.  This means families should stay inside except for essential services.
  • Due to the Shelter In Place Recommendations, Office Hours at School Sites will be limited to 10am-2pm.

March 24, 2020

  • Please look out for information on how parents can support distance learning and student expectations.  You can find the letters here.
  • Please remember to check out our “Resources for Families” section on our Health Updates page.  We are adding things almost every day, so please check it out often. 
  • If you are in need of a device or internet access for your child to access distance learning, please contact your school.
  • Community transmission is ongoing in Santa Clara County. As the community follows the Health Officer Order to Shelter in Place issued on March 16, 2020, notification regarding potential contacts to cases will no longer be provided, and school districts/charter schools are not required to provide any notifications.  Everyone, except for those providing or receiving essential services, should be staying home, especially anyone who is feeling ill. Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, should call their healthcare provider for further guidance before going to the doctor. Only the severely ill should seek care at an emergency room and should, if at all possible, call first.
  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. Read More Here.
  • Santa Clara County has issued a shelter in place order from March 17th to April 7th.  This means families should stay inside except for essential services.
  • Due to the Shelter In Place Recommendations, Office Hours at School Sites will be limited to 10am-2pm.

March 23, 2020

  • Community transmission is ongoing in Santa Clara County. As the community follows the Health Officer Order to Shelter in Place issued on March 16, 2020, notification regarding potential contacts to cases will no longer be provided, and school districts/charter schools are not required to provide any notifications.  Everyone, except for those providing or receiving essential services, should be staying home, especially anyone who is feeling ill. Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19, should call their healthcare provider for further guidance before going to the doctor. Only the severely ill should seek care at an emergency room and should, if at all possible, call first.
  • Please remember to check out our “Resources for Families” section on our Health Updates page.  We are adding things almost every day, so please check it out often. 
  • If you are in need of a device or internet access for your child to access distance learning, please contact your school.
  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. Read More Here.
  • Santa Clara County has issued a shelter in place order from March 17th to April 7th.  This means families should stay inside except for essential services.
  • Due to the Shelter In Place Recommendations, Office Hours at School Sites will be limited to 10am-2pm.
March 16, 2020 (evening update)
  • Santa Clara County has issued a shelter in place order from March 17th to April 7th.  This means families should stay inside except for essential services.
  • Due to the Shelter In Place Recommendations, Office Hours at School Sites will be limited to 10am-2pm.
  • We will be providing an ongoing list of resources for our families on this page. Check back often. 
March 16, 2020
  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. Read More Here.
  • There are no cases of COVID-19 reported at DCP
  • Staff are meeting today in order to discuss plans for supporting your students during closure.  We ask that all families pay attention to email communication and phone blasts coming from DCP regarding next steps. 
  • Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we go forward to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff and extended community.

March 17, 2020 

  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. Read More Here.
  • There are no cases of COVID-19 reported at DCP.  Please let us know if you or your family become impacted.
  • Santa Clara County has issued a shelter in place order from March 17th to April 7th.  This means families should stay inside except for essential services.
  • Due to the Shelter In Place Recommendations, Office Hours at School Sites will be limited to 10am-2pm.
  • We have created added a “Resources for Families” section at the top of our Health Updates page.

March 18, 2020

  • We have added a “Resources for Families” section to our Health Updates page.  We are adding things almost every day, so please check it out often. 
  • If you are in need of a device or internet access for your child to access distance learning, please contact your school.
  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. Read More Here.
  • There are no cases of COVID-19 reported at DCP.  Please let us know if you or your family become impacted.
  • Santa Clara County has issued a shelter in place order from March 17th to April 7th.  This means families should stay inside except for essential services.
  • Due to the Shelter In Place Recommendations, Office Hours at School Sites will be limited to 10am-2pm.

March 19, 2020

No new updates.

March 20, 2020

No new updates.

March 9, 2020
School continues to be in session the week of March 9th.  We continue with additional cleaning protocols.

March 10, 2020

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department held a press conference to issue new guidance and recommendations to protect residents from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  READ INFORMATION HERE

March 11, 2020

The Santa Clara County Public Health Agency issue on public gatherings of 1K or more. READ INFORMATION HERE.

March 12, 2020

At this moment, there is no change in guidance for school closures or attendance collection (namely if “well” students do not come to school because of concerns over COVID-19, they are marked as unexcused absences).  Since charter schools are public schools, they must follow the directives of the Public Health Department and the California Department of Education regarding school closures.  READ HERE.

March 13, 2020

Please see appropriate letter to parents regarding closures of DCP schools:

DCP El Camino Middle School

DCP El Primero High School

DCP Alum Rock Middle School

DCP Alum Rock High School

  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have confirmed that all Santa Clara County schools will be closed for a three week period beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). DCP will be closed during this time period. Read More from SCCPHD Here.
  • There are no cases of COVID-19 reported at DCP
  • Today your students will remain in school through the end of the day.
  • DCP will be sending further information to families later today regarding out of school learning plans. We ask that all families pay attention to email communication and phone blasts coming from DCP regarding next steps.
  • Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we go forward to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff and extended community.
March 2, 2020
The DCP Response Team met to discuss recent updates from the county and to continue to proactively respond.  The main discussions or actions items from that meeting included, but not limited to:
  • Increased CDC approved signage reminding students and staff to thoroughly wash hands and follow other hygiene protocols effective in preventing illness.
  • Continued increased cleaning of our sites
  • Continued increased hand sanitizer access across sites
  • Continued increased access to disinfectant sprays
  • Review of existing communications protocols and processes for notifications of early dismissals and emergency school closures in the unlikely event that occur.
  • Provide DCP documentation SCCPHD and SCCOE including, but not limited to:
    • Copies of communication and response plans related to infectious disease and emergencies
    • Keep SCCOE and SCCPHD informed of attendance of both staff and students in order to help the county identify possible emerging hot spots.
    • Updated point of contact for SCCOE and SCCPHD  

March 3, 2020

The DCP Response Team: 
  • Sent general information templates to all schools to use as needed about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), including information on recommendation for individuals provided by the CDC and SCCPHD.

March 5, 2020

DCP Response Team met to support and plan for reported exposure that may have occurred for a DCP student.  DCP Response Team followed required protocols and immediately coordinated with SCCOE and SCCPHD.  

  • The recommendation to DCP from the Department of Health was to deep clean the Alma campus (DCP El Camino and DCP El Primero). The entire campus was deep cleaned that evening. 
  • No other measures are advised or required at that time. DCP Response Team informed staff and families at both DCP El Camino and DCP El Primero using our emergency communication protocols.  
  • Schools remain open as recommended by the county.

Additionally, the DCP Response Team worked with the school sites to provide the following additional supports:

  • As mentioned above, an additional deep cleaning of the ALMA site specifically formulated to these types of situations.
  • Additional disinfectant tools were provided across the ALMA sites
  • Review of SCCOE March 5th update
  • Review of hygiene protocols with staff
  • Review of DCP Response Team contacts and areas of focus with staff
  • Coordination of communication with external entities
  • General information was posted on Facebook sites for all DCP schools

March 6, 2020

The DCP Response Team met to continue to coordinate COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response across DCP.  The team initiated the following steps:

  • Initiated broader communication protocols to proactively inform our community of DCP, SCCOE and SCCPHD updates (website, social media, and direct communication protocols as needed).
  • Proactive communication with SCCOE related to recommendations for school activities outside of the regular school day.
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department updated information

March 24, 2020

DCP Response Team began proactively implementing a number of precautionary measures including, but not limited to:

  • Increased cleaning of our sites
  • Increased hand sanitizer access across sites
  • Increased access to disinfectant sprays
  • Continued mobilization of the DCP Response Team to support schools and to communicate with SCCPHD and SCCOE.
  • Continued monitoring of SCCPHD and SCCOE communications and guidance to make sure we are following the most updated protocols recommended.

March 28, 2020

The Santa Clara County Superintendent issued guidance stating:

  • The immediate health risk from novel coronavirus (now named COVID-19) to the general American public remains low.  
  • SCCOE is in daily contact with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and monitors the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)s’ information updates throughout the day.  
  • Although there is currently no immediate risk to our communities, CDC recommends that schools prepare in the event that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreads into our communities.
  • DCP Response Team continued to move forward with planned coordination per these recommendations.

January 28, 2020

  • DCP began receiving communication on recommendations for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response from the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and Santa Clara County Department of Public Health (SCCPHD).  At that time there were no confirmed cases in Santa Clara County and both SCCOE and SCCPHD recommended schools review their emergency plans and other standard responses, which DCP did. 
  • The DCP Response Team was activated.
  • DCP provided information to principals, including FAQs should parents have questions regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Letters from the Principals

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

*Source: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/ncov-faq.aspx

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.

*Source: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/home.aspx

  • 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.

*Source: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/ncov-faq.aspx

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.

*Source: https://www.sccoe.org/news/featured/Pages/Novel-Coronavirus-Information.aspx

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.​​

  • Santa Clara County Office of Education:

  • Santa Clara County Public Health:

  • California Department of Public Health:

County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Update as of March 5, 2020: