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The Hillsborough Preschools continue to research and understand best practices for reopening our classrooms amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic. This plan entails our attempt to bring kids back to school in a safe manner while understanding the dynamics of who preschool children are and how they maneuver through their world.

We understand that this plan may not align with where all of our Hillsborough Preschool families fall on their risk tolerance spectrum, but know that our number one priority will be the safety of your children and our staff. 

If the Hillsborough City School District starts school in Distance Learning (due to District, County, or State mandate), Hillsborough Recreation still has the authority to run The Hillsborough Preschools on our campuses. Our numbers, space, and staggered groupings allow for our program to follow the majority of the guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and be in line with the San Mateo County Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities

We are under the impression that if our County/State were to go back into Shelter in Place, we would have to cease in-person operations on our school campuses except for the care of Essential Worker children. In this situation, we would offer a Distance Learning program for non-Essential Worker parents to opt in. If the understanding of childcare policies and practices during this pandemic changes, we will let you know.

Hillsborough Recreation recognizes this health crisis is a fluid situation and is coordinating in joint efforts with state and local agencies to gather support, and stay up-to-date with current information and guidance as we move forward. 

This is a general plan of what we intend to do at each school campus. Specific details may vary by site (including, but not limited to outdoor time, pick-up/drop-off, etc.) and the Recreation Director will be working with the Head Teachers from each site to communicate these specific details to you and your family.

Plan in Action 

The Hillsborough Preschools plan is to run each school site as its own bubble. We will be capping our total enrollment at each site at 32 students (Tiny Tots will not be included in this figure). We will run our morning Preschool program and our afternoon Pre-K programs with the same days and times as presented in the table below. Our teachers will be the only constant in our program. 

We will have 3 teachers at each site assisting with all of the safety and health protocols and teaching our students. Having these three teachers allows for us to manage smaller groups of children within our classroom settings. It will assist in our ability to utilize outdoor learning and activities on our campuses. 

This means that our bubbles are 32:3, knowing that our only crossover is our adults who teach both groups. Most of our classes will be 16 students with 3 teachers at a given time (some even smaller at this time). 

In a bubble setting, kids do not need to physically distance themselves, but we will encourage learning in smaller groups and engage students in activities that can have physical distancing (i.e. calendar time in smaller groups so that they can be physically distanced on the rug; eating outside so that kids can spread out while eating lunch or snacks; etc.). 

In our bubbles, we will do our best to mitigate the exchange of toys and materials when applicable and appropriate. While bubble cohorts can share equipment, there will be some activity stations that we will remove or replace between groups that mitigate the risk of spreading germs. These toys and areas that are used by both groups will be cleaned and disinfected between classes or removed to be sanitized at the end of the day. 




North Preschool



North Pre-Kindergarten



West Preschool



West Pre-K



South Preschool



South Pre-K



Tiny Tots (Still working on location)




Arrival Procedures--Drop-off/Pick-up 

The Hillsborough Preschool staff will select areas for drop-off and pick-up of our preschoolers that will follow a process to ensure that all participants and staff are able to safely attend on campus. Staff and participants will conduct a health screening prior to arriving on site, and a secondary screening will be conducted during check-in. 

  • Prior to arriving at school, staff, participants and parents must perform a self-conducted health screening by taking their temperature, and ensuring that they do not have a fever of 100.4 degrees F or

higher. They must also ensure that they do not have symptoms that the CDC has indicated are symptoms of COVID-19. 

  • Upon arrival, the Hillsborough Preschool staff must receive a health screening, which includes taking their temperature with a no-touch thermometer. Staff must not have a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, and must be asked to confirm that they do not have any of the symptoms that the CDC has indicated are symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Upon arrival, preschool participants will be met at their designated drop-off space and must receive a health screening, which includes taking their temperature with a non-contact thermometer. Participants must not have a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, and must be asked to confirm that they do not have any of the symptoms that the CDC has indicated are symptoms of COVID-19.
  • A non-contact (temporal) thermometer will be available for health screening.
  • Staff conducting the health screening must wear a facial covering during the screening.
  • Staff must wear disposable non-latex gloves. The same gloves may be used to conduct all

health-screening checks provided this task is uninterrupted as long as no other surfaces were touched during the duration of the health-screening process. 

  • If a participant has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher there will be an allowable grace period (up to ten minutes) where the child can wait with their parent/guardian in a vehicle or a reasonable distance away from the facility. This guideline recognizes that temperatures can rise quickly if the child was running to the facility excited, wearing a hat, or drinking a hot drink. If after the second test, they still test 100.4 degrees F or higher, the child will need to leave the area immediately for the remainder of the day. Staff must also disinfect all surfaces and areas that the dismissed child may have touched. If the child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, a new pair of gloves is required and the non-contact thermometer should be disinfected and sanitized before additional participants are checked. See below in regards to protocols if a fever is present.
  • At pick-up, parents will be at their designated pick-up location (most likely the same as the drop-off location) and staff will bring the students to their designated pick-up person. Parents will sign their child out from there.
  • Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and our Bubble plan that we are utilizing, parents are not allowed on our campus or in our classroom spaces during Phase 1 of reopening. You are a huge part of our program and our staff knows this, but in order to mitigate risk and keep things as safe as we can, we will need to enforce this.


  • All of our snacks that Hillsborough Recreation provides will be individually wrapped for children. We will not use family-style meals.
  • We will no longer engage in Hot Lunch meals with parents or Choice Lunch. All lunches (Pre-K) will need to be brought from home.
  • Lunches and snacks will be implemented outdoors as much as possible (weather permitting).

All lunch contents must be disposable. We are not allowing for reusable lunch bags and containers to come back and forth from home to camp. We traditionally encourage eco-friendly practices including,but not limited to reusable containers, but the recommendation is that students don’t bring those containers back and forth from home. This mitigates the spread to and from multiplelocations.  

Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing 

  • We will follow the practices and protocols set by the HCSD for custodial cleaning. Hillsborough City School District will be hiring extra custodial staff for the additional daily cleaning at each school. For daytime custodians, additional restroom cleaning and disinfecting will happen throughout the day. The nighttime custodial crew will be cleaning and disinfecting all classroom desks, chairs, tables and countertops. As they complete each room, they will be using an electrostatic fogger which will complete the disinfection process.
  • Each of our classrooms will be outfitted with a HEPA Filter air purifier. The system is the same one that HCSD purchased for their classrooms. Here is the link for more information: Medify-MA
  • Our staff will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This may also include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures. As for larger items like bikes and the play structures, the preschool teachers will wipe them down with the disinfectant spray bottles that will be supplied.
  • All toys that have been placed in children’s mouths will be removed from the classroom until they have been cleaned and sanitized.
  • Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection supplies.

If someone becomes sick… 

  • Before they arrive at school: They should stay home and monitor their symptoms. If they exhibit symptoms that CDC provides for COVID-19, they should get tested. See table below for next steps.
  • While at school: They will be taken to an isolation area where they will be monitored and required to be picked up. The request is that the person gets a COVID-19 test to determine if they have it or not.

COVID-19 Terms

Case/Close Contact/Indirect Contact:

  • Case: A person who tests positive for a disease.
  • Close Contact: A person who has come in close contact with a case (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes).
  • Indirect Contact: People who may have been in proximity to a close contact.

COVID-19 Response Chart :From the Pandemic Recovery Framework, pg. 41 

Essential Protective Equipment and Supplies 


Child Care Workforce


Cloth Face Coverings


Not required, but optional. 

Mask wearing will not be discouraged.



for tasks such as serving food, handling trash, or using cleaning and disinfectant products.


Hand Sanitizer Should contain at least 60% ethyl alcohol (preferred) or at least

70% isopropyl alcohol (a neurotoxin and eye irritant)


Note that frequent hand washing is more effective than the use of hand sanitizers.


The hand sanitizer will be placed out of the reach of our children. 

Note that frequent hand washing is more effective than use of hand sanitizers.

Disinfectant Cleaning Products


Our staff is trained and has passed the necessary requirements by Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to use cleaning products.

Staff will be provided necessary protective equipment to do this safely.

Will be kept out of student’s reach