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Community Communication 3/12/20

March 12, 2020
Dear Highlands Recreation District Participants and Community,
The Highlands Recreation District Board and HRD Staff care about the safety and well-being of our community. The current Coronavirus is a new situation that is changing rapidly. Please feel free to ask any questions to me personally (650 341-4251 and Also, know the information we share may be different from day to day and we will work to keep you updated of pertinent information. Information will be shared through social media, our website, and emails to enrolled program participants.

The Board has created an Ad Hoc Coronavirus Committee to work with me to make timely decisions that protect the health and well-being of staff, participants, our community, and the District as a whole. At this time, we are following all CDC, California Department of Health, and San Mateo County Public Health Guidelines. Additionally, I am closely monitoring the actions and recommendations of the San Mateo Foster City School District, Community Care Licensing, and the Department of Education. Community spread has occurred in San Mateo County, which means that people have been infected with the virus, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Below, please find a list of program updates and policies we are implementing. Lastly, please take time to educate yourself on prevention and what to do if you are sick (links are listed at the end of the letter).

Program Updates
HRD wants to assure the community and staff steps are being taken as a preventative measure, based on an abundance of caution. HRD Community programs are still running, however to protect our most vulnerable, the HRD is cancelling events larger than 50 people and events that involve more than 10 seniors. If you would like to check the status of ongoing program or event please check our new website at Lastly, we are limiting visitors on HRD grounds, only essential people such as staff, parents, participants, delivery workers, construction workers, and repair men should be in HRD buildings. The playground and tennis courts remain open to the public.
Cancelled Programs
• Eggstravaganza April 11
• Spring Camp Field Trip to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on April 16
• EEC Site Tours
• Adult Swim Program through March (Aqua Track, Arthritis, and Water Aerobics
Postponed Programs
• Leadership Advantage Course postponed until April 27
• AARP Smart Driver Course postponed until June 28-29
Currently Operating Programs
• After School Program
• Early Education Center
• In-Crowd
• EEC Enrichment Classes and Youth Martial Arts and Tennis
• Swim Lessons
• Spring Break Day Camp

HRD Coronavirus Procedures
Potential Site Closure
• Decisions about closing the HRD will be made by GM in consultation with HRD Ad Hoc Coronavirus Committee and Counsel based upon the advice of California Department of Health, San Mateo County Health Department and other pertinent guidelines.
• Communication will be directed by GM through social media, our website, and emails to enrolled program participants.

Cleaning Procedures
o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
o If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
o Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
o If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
o Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
o Aquatics Department is cleaning high traffic places such as door handles, sinks, showers, toilet handles hourly.
o EEC and ASP reinforced the following standard procedures:
o Provide separate sinks for preparing food and hand washing.
o Toilets and sinks are clean and readily available for the children and staff. Disposable paper towels used so each child will use only his own towel and not share with others.
o Toys that infants and toddlers put in their mouths are sanitized before others can play with them.
o All doors and cabinet handles, drinking fountains, and all surfaces in the toileting and diapering areas are cleaned and disinfected at the end of every day.
o All changing tables are cleaned and disinfected after each use.
o Children and caregivers are instructed to wash hands throughout the day.

Important Links
CDC Situation Summary:
CDC Travel FAQ:
CDC Recommended Cleaning:
CDC Prevention and Treatment:
San Mateo County Health Department:
Resources for talking with children:

Thank you for taking the time to read these updated procedures. Please understand these procedures will be updated and information may change depending on ever changing circumstances. Thank you for choosing the Rec! Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Cathy Haas
General Manager
Highlands Recreation District

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