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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2018

CONTACT: Lanae Bays, 408-201-6024

Message To Families:

AIR QUALITY UPDATE

 

On behalf of the Superintendent:

Dear Families,
We know you are concerned about the current air quality, and we too share your concern. This message is to keep you informed on the current status of school closures in Santa Clara County.
The air quality through out Santa Clara County declined quickly yesterday afternoon and we have monitored the air quality index throughout the evening. We continue to monitor the air quality which better than yesterday but still projected to be unhealthy today.
We are following the advice of the Public Health Department, the Public Health Department remains firm that the current numbers do not warrant a school closure.
We are aware that many local colleges, universities and private schools have elected to close their doors. We are also mindful that schools provide necessary shelter and food. Because we care about our entire student population, we are remaining open to provide relief for those students.
Please be aware that while our doors will remain open, we ask that families and schools follow medical and environmental advice, especially if your child suffers from respiratory or heart-related issues, or if there is a concern or hardship in bringing your child to school. We are remaining open for parents who cannot find healthier alternatives. We must remain a support for all families within Santa Clara County.
We also share the desire to keep all children safe and students will remain indoors as much as possible.
Individual families can make the call to stay home if they feel that is in the best interest of their child.
To reiterate, the Public Health Department, the County Office of Education, and the Morgan Hill Unified School District have conferred and made the determination for the schools to remain open as a refuge and safe place for children.
If choosing to keep children at home, we ask parents to follow the school’s absence reporting process. If keeping children at home, parents may use the excuse of “health concerns.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2018

The air quality in Morgan Hill continues to be poor from the Camp Fire in Butte County. We continue to monitor the conditions to ensure the safety of all our students. Currently, all Morgan Hill Unified schools will limit outdoor activities including recess and physical education activities. We will assess conditions each day. Schools will remain open and will follow the advice of the Santa Clara County Health Department and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Please note that when the air index is “unhealthy” (red) students are kept indoors.

As information becomes available, we will update our website at www.mhusd.org. Additional information on safety precautions is available from BAAQMD  at http://www.baaqmd.gov and www.airnow.gov. Also, for your information, last Friday’s Health Advisory from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department is  included below.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department

HEALTH ADVISORY

November 9, 2018 Lea el Aviso de Salud en Español

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is advising residents to take precautions due to visible smoke in the air. Wildfires in California are causing  air pollution throughout the Bay Area.

If you smell smoke, protect your health by avoiding exposure. If possible, stay inside with windows and doors closed until smoke levels subside. Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a dry scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or emphysema/COPD. It is recommended that parents and school administrators check air quality readings before allowing children to practice outdoor sports while air quality is  unhealthy.

Elderly persons, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels  and should take extra precautions to avoid exposure.  When air quality is Yellow, or Moderate, air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.  Due to the active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality could be variable and unpredictable. Air quality may improve at times or get worse, very quickly. Check the latest air quality data for your area by searching your location at airnow.gov.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Winter Spare the Air Alert asking residents to avoid adding additional air pollution activities such as lawn mowing, leaf blowing, driving, and barbecuing.  Burning wood, fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, woodstove, or other wood- burning device is illegal during a Winter Spare the Air  Alert.

Residents may have questions about using masks to help with protection from wildfire smoke. The most important thing you can do is to stay indoors as much as possible when you smell or see smoke in the air. If you work outdoors or prolonged outdoor activity is unavoidable, and there is heavy smoke, certain masks (for example, properly fitted N-95 masks) can protect against harmful exposure. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be more harmful than helpful for people with lung or heart conditions. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Bandanas and typical surgical masks DO NOT protect against wildfire smoke particles.

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All Morgan Hill Unified School District students will receive an excellent education and be empowered to succeed in school.  Our students will be prepared to achieve in our diverse, global society and to make meaningful contributions in their community.  Students will become critical thinkers and problem solvers who can thrive in the challenges of the 21st Century.

Our Mission

The Morgan Hill Unified School District’s central purpose is to educate students. In partnership with parents and the community, we create learning environments where all students learn and are empowered to achieve their unique potential. We model and nurture civility, respect, compassion, personal responsibility, curiosity and integrity in an environment of diversity, equity, and service.