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MHUSD is Eat Real Certified!!

We are thrilled to announce that our Student Nutrition Department is Eat Real Certified at the green tier. This achievement demonstrates our unwavering commitment to serving nutritious, local and high-quality meals that support the health and well-being of our students. 

Here are some examples of the impact on student meals made possible through the Eat Real certification process: 

  • Local and sustainable sourcing: We work with 8 local and/or organic farmers in the region and are now sourcing over 60% of our produce from local or regional producers. We are also super excited to be one of the first districts to use Freight Farms on campus to grow our own produce! Our farmTech program provides 450 pounds of spring mix lettuce each week and serves as a productive learning tool to our campus. 

  • Reducing sugar: We have eliminated an average of 34 pounds of added sugar per student per year! To achieve this, we no longer offer juice or flavored milk. We’ve also been sourcing or making our own sauces, dressing, and condiments so that they have less than 6 grams of added sugar per serving. 

  • Minimized food waste: To date, our sustainability efforts have decreased our trash bin waste from 4 bins per day to just one—a huge achievement for our district and our planet. We have recently shifted to a bulk milk program, eliminating over 125,000 milk cartons, as well as offering biodegradable service trays and eliminating plastic straws. 

  • Quality animal proteins: In addition to sourcing produce from local farmers, we’ve also been procuring animal proteins from renowned providers. These include regenerative ground beef patties & hot dogs from CreamCo and Richards Ranch, organic milk from Straus Creamery, and chicken and pork products without antibiotics. 

Our Student Nutrition Department would like to thank our incredible staff, district leadership, and the MHUSD community for supporting our Eat Real partnership and vision to increase our scratch cooking program for the health and well-being of our students. We couldn’t have done this without you. 

You can read more about our journey here and learn more about Eat Real here

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The Morgan Hill Unified School District has commissioned GRA and McGuire Research, independent research firms, to conduct research on important issues in the Morgan Hill Unified School District.  Respondents may be contacted by email, text or telephone.

Your individual responses are entirely confidential and anonymous and will be used for research purposes only. Your individual data will not be sold or provided to anyone. You will not be approached for any other reason - we are only interested in your opinions.

We would appreciate your response. 

For further information, the purpose of this survey or the Morgan Hill Unified School District please contact:

superintendent_schools@mhusd.org

 

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Update on Budget Reductions and Staffing Adjustments

Dear Morgan Hill Unified Community,

Like many districts in California, Morgan Hill Unified School District was fortunate to receive one-time COVID 19 (ESSER funds) relief funds to address the impacts the pandemic had on our school community. Those funds will be fully expended at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.  Additionally, our state economy has retracted resulting in significant loss of projected funds to our district for the 2024-2025 school year. We have been engaging in months-long budget reduction conversations focused on maintaining academic and long-term financial stability guided by our underlying principles of our district’s Local Control Accountability Plan Goals, 8 State Priorities (Conditions for Learning, Engagement and Student Learning), and a continued focus on district wide instructional improvement efforts.

For the 2024-2025 school year, our Board approved and directed us to implement $5.5 million in budget reductions by staffing our schools according to projected enrollment, reducing some of our Teachers on Special Assignment (those who will not continue as TOSAs will return to their classroom teaching positions), reduction of two elementary Assistant Principal positions, two academic counselors, four school office assistant positions supporting our secondary Wellness centers, Coordinator of Wellness, collapsing two administrative positions into one, freezing administrator vacancies (e.g., Director of Secondary), transferring some positions to new grants we have received, 10% reduction of district and site discretionary allocations, as well as a reduction of district wide contracts.

Our top priority is to minimize the impact of these fiscal adjustments on our students and classrooms. To this end, we will be applying an equity approach and partnering with our Teachers, Academic Counselors, Wellness staff, Classified, and Administrator teams to co-design a plan that focuses on continuous academic and administrative support for our students. 

We thank you for your continued commitment to our students and our community. Together with our Board of Trustees, we remain dedicated to providing the best possible education for each and every student in our district, each and every day.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Carmen García
Superintendent

 

 

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Updated Guidance for Common Signs and Symptoms (CDPH)

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated its Guidance for Common Signs and Symptoms. Please review this attached guidance as it pertains to returning your child to child care or school when they experience symptoms of illness. We wish everyone a safe and healthy break and we'll see you back on January 8th. 

 

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