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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

DCP continues taking steps to protect the health and safety of our school communities, as well as honoring our students’ need to learn. On this page you will find specific steps we have taken and are taking as part of our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concern as well as resources and updates for family. 

School Reopening 20-21: Family Survey #3

June 30, 2020

We are so excited for the 2020-21 school year! We are in the process of finalizing school schedules and need to gather some more information from you. We think we can accommodate 50% of our students each day to meet social distancing requirements. We have decided to move forward with an A/B/C/A/B schedule where students would attend school on either Mondays and Thursdays or on Tuesdays and Fridays. Our early release day is being moved to Wednesdays and we are still determining how best to use that day for instruction and support. We are also asking you to let us know if your student might require distance learning because of exposure to COVID-19. 

Please complete this survey by July 10th. Fill out one survey for each child at DCP.

DCP El Primero High School Survey

DCP Alum Rock High School Survey

DCP El Camino Middle School Survey

DCP Alum Rock Middle School Survey

Update May 11, 2020: Childcare Providers for Essential Workers 

The Santa Clara County Office of Education released a list of Childcare providers available for Essential Workers in our County.  Visit the links below to see who is considered an essential worker, how to find childcare, how to know if the facility is safe, and how to qualify for financial assistance. 

SCCOE Comprehensive Resource Directory

SCCOE Childcare Information for Families

 

Jennifer Andaluz

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Ruth Wamuyu Schriver

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. P. Antonio Cuevas

Founding Principal, DCP El Camino Middle School

Jordan Apgar

Principal, DCP El Primero High School

Lori Hartmann

Assitant Principal, DCP El Primero High School

Leticia Villa-Gascon

Principal, DCP Alum Rock Middle School

Jose Zavala

Assistant Principal, DCP Alum Rock Middle School

Terri Furton

Principal, DCP Alum Rock High School

Genevieve Lau

Vice Principal, DCP Alum Rock High School

Cosmo-Guines Mejia

Assistant Principal, DCP El Camino Middle School

Resources for Families

Sacred Heart Food Pantry Distribution at DCP Campus starting May 22nd 9am-12pm (1402 Monterey Hwy.) We are happy to announce that starting Friday, May 22nd, DCP will partner with Sacred Heart Community Service and Second Harvest Food Bank, to bring a food pantry to our families at our DCP campus located on Alma and Monterey.  ALL DCP families and alumni are welcome to come Fridays between 9am-12pm to receive a food box. If you are a Sacred Heart member already, please bring your member card.  If you are not registered with Sacred Heart yet please register now by going to the following link:

  • English: tfaforms.com/4811610
  • Español: tfaforms.com/4812214
  • Vietnamese: tfaforms.com/4813431

Please bring a form of ID, but know that no one will be turned away. Your food box will contain: Poultry, fresh fruit and veggies, cold bag (eggs, bread and if in stock yogurt ), pastries and a couple of extra items. LOCATION: 1402 Monterey Hwy. San Jose, CA.   (DCP El Camino & DCP El Primero Campus)  

Pandemic EBT: Money for Groceries. If your income has been affected by COVID-19 and/or the shelter in place, we encourage you to apply for our Free or Reduced Meals Program by calling the school front office for an application or by emailing our Operation Managers at:

  • DCP El Primero High School: Perla Alcaraz (palcaraz@dcp.org) 408-271-1730 ext 284

  • DCP Alum Rock High School: Alondra Ezzat (aezzat@dcp.org) 408-384-4554 x335

  • DCP El Camino Middle School: Martha Rivera (mrivera@dcp.org) 408-384-4040 ext 502

  • DCP Alum Rock Middle School: Melanie Felix (mfelix@dcp.org) 408-942-7000 Ext. 413

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the period of May 12 - 22. Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by about May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22, 2020 at www.ca.p-ebt.org

If approved for Free or Reduced meals for the 2019-2020 school year, you may qualify for "discounts" on other services such as; Comcast Internet, Lifeline Telephone Service, CARE Home and Energy/Gas Discount and WRAP Home Water Bill. If you need any help connecting to resources in our community please reach out by filling out this form. 

Rapid Response Network: 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.

Relief Fund for Undocumented Families: Any undocumented person can apply to this fund. This is a "one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status."  

For individuals living in Santa Clara County: Toll free hotline 415-324-1011 for individuals to apply for the financial assistance, phone lines open on Monday 5/18/2020. Please check the website https://www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/drai for updates and frequently asked questions. 

DRAI Fact Sheet provides a summary of the program:  English Flyer | Español

For statewide info and frequently asked questions: https://cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai

  • 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.
  • Free COVID-19 diagnostic tests available for asymptomatic Santa Clara County residents. Sites include San Jose's PAL Stadium and the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Find the location nearest you: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing.aspx

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

(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.

(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

Letters from the Principals

Past Updates

June 18, 2020

Hello DCP families:

Here are some important resources we want to make you aware of and encourage all families to review. Today, we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the DACA program which protects undocumented youth/young adults who arrived in the country as children. They will continue to work and stay protected from deportation. This gives us hope in times of so much injustice.  Please know that DCP is still here, even more through the summer, for every family.  We will continue to communicate throughout the summer so please continue to read our messages.  Have a great start to your summer and hope to see many of you on our drive thru food distributions on Fridays!! 

DCP stands with Black Lives Matter: 

Resources for Talking to Your Child About Racial Equity, Police Brutality and Protests - please take the time to review these resources, learn about the topic and have conversations about it.  

For your information: In celebration of Juneteeth (also known as Freedom Day, a day celebrating the emancipation of enslaved indivuals in the US) tomorrow Friday, June 19th, there will be a Youthhype Rally at 11am in downtown. Some of our DCP student leaders are organizing this and our own Dr.Cuevas will speaking). Flyer attached.  

Food Pantry:

Fridays in July (10, 17, 24, 31) from 9am-12pm  // Location: 1402 Monterey Hwy. San Jose, CA 

DCP and Sacred Heart will be doing food distribution.  Come through our drive thru and receive a free box of groceries that includes: eggs, bread, cheese, fruits, vegetables, a bag of meat and much more. If you are not already a Sacred Heart Community Service member, please register on the links below.  No one will be denied food, feel free to tell your neighbors and see you Friday!

English: tfaforms.com/4811610

Spanish: tfaforms.com/4812214

Parent and Student Volunteers Needed: We are looking for volunteers to help us on Fridays during the food distribution.  Do you have time from 8:30-10:30am or 10:30-12:30pm on Fridays?  Please sign-up here for a date this summer.  Student volunteers must be 16 years old or older.  Thank you for volunteering!!


Reopening Parent Survey #2 - due Monday, June 22nd 

June 17, 2020

Hello DCP families:

We are working hard on the reopening plans of our schools and we would like your feedback again. We plan to reopen our schools based on recommendations from the county and state departments with regards to social distancing.  If one of the recommendations is to move forward with a blended schedule we believe we will be able to serve 50% of our students per day on campus based on our space and social distance protocols.  That means, students at DCP will experience two days on-campus learning and three days off-campus, at home doing distance learning. 

We would like your feedback on which schedule you prefer if we were to do a blended learning. 

Please fill out this SURVEY by Monday, June 22nd.  

Thank you for feedback and please look for more letters and surveys over the summer. 


School Reopening 20-21 Update: Family Survey

June 9, 2020

dcp.org/reopening-survey

Lea esta actualización en español

Dear DCP Families:

We at DCP hope that you and your families are healthy and safe! We are looking forward to seeing your students again and want to update you on our work for the Reopening Plan for the academic year 2020-21. DCP is committed to our students and families and as we plan for next academic year, your input is important to us. As we wait for the final recommendations from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and the California Department of Education guidelines, a DCP Reopening Team is working on different scenarios of how students will be returning to school next year.  

We are excited to start the school year on August 11th and we assure you that the safety of our students, staff and our families are at the forefront. It is also our priority to provide the best student learning conditions under the new guidelines. School will likely look different from what we are used to but with your help, we know that we can provide a quality educational experience that continues your child’s journey to college. We know that not having your student in school every day creates new challenges for families. We thank you for your flexibility and resilience as you adjust to new changes, we know it is not easy.  

Below are the three scenarios the DCP Reopening Team is planning for and considering. These scenarios could change as it is a work in progress. No final decisions have been made at this time and we will continue to update you as new information is shared.

Scenario 1 - Blended Model: Some percentage of distance learning and some percentage of campus learning.  Students will come to campus for a certain number of full days on campus and they will have a certain number of full days of learning at home. 

Scenario 2 - 100% Distance Learning: Students continue to learn from home and DCP teachers provide virtual learning classes and materials.

Scenario 3 - 100% On-campus learning: In the event that certain guidelines are lifted and we are able to gather in larger numbers; DCP will have a plan for welcoming all students back to campus.

The scenarios above have not been finalized; that's why we are asking you to complete the Reopening Family Survey by June 14th. We will continue to gather your feedback throughout the summer as we finalize the plan. Please expect to receive more communication and surveys in the next few weeks. 

This survey is anonymous and your responses are confidential. Please feel free to complete more than one survey if you have more than one student at DCP. Deadline: June 14th

dcp.org/reopening-survey

Update May 1, 2020: School closure extended for the remainder of the academic year 

Dear DCP Families, 

This afternoon we received confirmation that schools across the Bay Area will be closed for the remainder of the academic year, as announced by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. As such, DCP schools will be closed and will continue to offer distance learning and other essential services to support students and families on the path to college eligibility and success.

As much as this news was predicted, we want you to know that we miss being in community together. We know that students build strong college-going skills and identities when they are in close proximity with their teachers and peers. We know that learning is interactive and social. We know that as learners, we make meaning of our learning and deepen skills when we have opportunities to get real-time feedback. These qualities will be harder to achieve in a distance learning context but with the commitment of our talented teachers and staff, we aim to do our best.

To that end, we have been developing systems to support teachers, students and families. These systems will continue to evolve and we will be providing updates through our regular communication channels. Please make sure your student is logging into Google Classroom every day to check for new work and updates.  We recognize there is a lot more required of you at home and want to thank you for being such outstanding partners.  

We understand that this situation may create anxiety and concern for your child’s learning. We are here to support you and you are not alone. Every family is adjusting to the challenges of supporting students and their learning. As you would during a normal academic year, parents should continue to engage school leaders and teachers regarding their students’ learning and well-being. Relationships are the foundation of DCP’s mission and model. 

We also understand that for students who are graduating from high school or who are promoting from middle school to high school, there may be a feeling of loss that this rite of passage may be at risk. We are working on several scenarios where we can celebrate our students’ achievements and honor the next steps in their college journeys. 

Lastly, next week is the official Spring Break so there is no school from April 13-17. We hope you and your family can use this time to focus on other aspects of your life during COVID-19. 

We will resume to virtual classes on April 20 and look forward to sharing the college admissions and decisions for the Class of 2020 that will be available on May 1, National College Signing Day. 

We are thinking of you and are wishing you health and wellness.

Jennifer Andaluz, Executive Director

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.

April 3, 2020

No new 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.

Update April 6, 2020

View the The Public Health Department’s Coronavirus website reports

Update April 10, 2020

DCP Spring Break from Monday, April 13th - Friday, April 17th, 2020

The California State website for COVID-19 support has many great resources in English and Spanish for families with a range of needed resources (job hunting, mental and physical health, eviction and unemployment support, etc.)  We recommend checking it out as it is updated regularly.

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

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 11AM to 1PM 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 20, 2020

No new updates.

March 19, 2020

No new updates.

March 18, 2020

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 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

March 13, 2020

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


  • 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 periodRead 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 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.

March 11, 2020

The Santa Clara County Public Health Agency. Read about the issue on public gatherings of 1K or more.

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).

March 9, 2020

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

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 5, 2020

The 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 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 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  

February 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.

February 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.

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).

Additional resources

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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