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          • RECESS RULES

             

            Dear Parents or Guardians,

             Recess is a very important part of the day and it is School District policy that children attend recess and P.E. They may be excused only with a doctor’s note. If you feel your child is too sick to attend recess, we ask that you please do not send your child to school. Thank you for your cooperation.

             

            When sending your child to school, we urge you to dress him/her according to the weather conditions. The children are expected to play outside at recess if the temperature or the chill factor is above -10 degrees. The child should be comfortable and protected from inclement weather. Please do not underestimate the importance of proper footwear, especially in cold and wet weather. Coats, boots, hats, and gloves are extremely important.

            Winter Grizzly

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          • YMCA BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

            You may have noticed the portable building beside our school. When the portable is ready for occupancy it will be open for the YMCA Before and After School Program. This may be a less expensive alternative for our working parents. Scholarships may be available. Contact Lisa at the YMCA.

             

            We need a minimum of 10 students signed up in order to open. The hours are from 7AM - 9AM and from 3:45 to 7PM. Dinner is served to the after school participants. If you are interested in this program we have applications at the school office or visit their webpage.

             
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          • Capstone is now testing all symptomatic school children and staff at our Palmer location, this should reduce wait times drastically. Capstone is offering rapid tests only at this site, if a patient needs to be examined they should be seen at the Wasilla location. Listed below are hours and locations.

             

            Wasilla:                                                                    

            3122 E. Meridian Park Loop

            Wasilla, AK 99654

            Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm

            Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

             

            Palmer:

            12039 E. Maplesprings Way

            Palmer, AK 99645

            Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

             

            Please call ahead to be scheduled at (907) 864-4642.

             

            FAQ for Capstone Testing

             

            1. How much does it cost etc.

            Answer: Good question, we are billing patients insurance if they are insured but anything not covered by insurance is written off. No one receiving a COVID test will be charged by our clinic.  If anything changes on our end with this I will send an update.

             

            1. Does this include all MSBSD staff members and students or just certain individuals?

            Answer: All support staff and students in the schools qualify.

             

            1. Is this also by appt only or can they just drive up to be tested?

            Answer: We prefer appointments, but we will test if they just show up as we can. The appointments will definitely help their wait time.

             

            1. Also how about students/staff that are identified as a close contact and want to be tested per public health guidance during quarantine but are asymptomatic? Can they also get this rapid test?

            Answer: Students and staff that want to be tested due to exposure have to wait until at least day 7 to be tested unless they are symptomatic sooner, since they have to quarantine for 14 days regardless we would perform a state test for asymptomatic exposures.

             

            1. Lastly, if they need a weekend test should they go to the Wasilla location?

                          Answer: If they need a test on the weekend they should come to the Wasilla location.

             

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          • Live Homework Help

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          • Face Covering Support

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          • BLE Mitigation Plan 2020-2021

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          BLE Staff 2020

          Upcoming BLE Events

          • BLE

             
             
              
               BLE EVENTS: NO SCHOOL Monday, 1-18-21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
             
             
            Big Lake Elementary School Hours 2020-2021
             
            • School drop-off @ 9:00
            • School begins at 9:15
            • School ends at 3:45
            • School buses depart at 4:00
            * Please try to call with any end of day transportation changes prior to 3:00
             

          Grizzly Cache

          • Thank you to these local businesses and community members for their donations to our Grizzly Cache!

            Jeff Ross, Jo Walch, BLE PTO, First Choice Physical Therapy, True Colors Painting, Tundra Tanning & Taxidermy, MBC Concrete/Construction, Three Bears Alaska, Gorilla Fireworks, Doyon Utilities, K3 Group, Perfect Start, Enderson's Concrete

             

            True Colors Painting, LLC Tundra Tanning & Taxidermy First Choice Physical Therapy MBC Three Bears K3 Gorilla Fireworks Doyon Utilities Perfect Start

          Nurses Corner

          • Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines for Big Lake

            https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html#:~:text=None%20of%20the%20authorized%20and,types%20of%20vaccines%20in%20development

            1. Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

            No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

            1. After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

            No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​

            1. If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

            Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. CDC is providing recommendations to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.

            1. Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?

            Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.

            1. Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

            No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

            Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work. ​

             

            Health Screenings: During the course of this year, various health screenings will take place. As per our school district policy for elementary all K, 1, 3, 5, and new to district students will have a health assessment done before the end of the school year.  Additionally, a screening may take place if requested by a teacher, parent/guardian, or in-school intervention team referral.  The assessment includes height, weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing, dental and scoliosis. The scoliosis screening is for 5th grade girls. You will be contacted if any of these basic screening tests indicate that further testing or follow-up is necessary. 

             

            Do I have to quarantine if I tested positive for COVID-19?

            People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months if they do not develop symptoms again.

            https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

             

            What do you do if test positive over Christmas break?

            If someone in the household test positive for COVID-19 over Christmas break please call the school 907-892-9700 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and brief message. We will return your call.

             

            Thermometers are in!! It is not too late to get your free thermometer.

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            Travel Guide  

             Travel Guide

            FAQ TRAVEL MANDATE

            Question: When can I return to school after traveling out of state if I get tested at the airport?

             Answer: If you get a negative test before you leave the airport, you will quarantine for five days. Day 1 is the day after you get back. If a person arrives in Alaska on Thursday, November 26th at 7 am, then Day 1 of quarantine is the next day, Friday November 27th. You would then return to school on Day 6. So the return date for school and other activities would be Wednesday December 2. I’m a visual person so I found it helpful to reference the jpg. Picture.

             

            Question: When can I return to school after traveling out of state if I do NOT get tested at the airport?

            Answer: Per the travel guidelines “At least 14 calendar days have passed since their return to Alaska.” Day 1 is the day after you get back. Then your students return to school will be on the 15th day. Please reference the picture for clarification and call the school nurse at 907-892-9705 with any questions or concerns.

             

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            FAQ for POTENTIAL CLOSE CONTACTS

             

            1. Q- If I am identified as a potential close contact does that mean I am also a close contact?

            Answer- No! If you are a potential close contact is does not mean that you are automatically a close contact.

            1. Q- If I am a potiential close contact can I go to school?

            Answer- No! Stay home until you receive more information from the school or pubic health.

            1. Q- If my child is a potential close contact can the siblings go to school?

            Answer- YES! The child identified as the potential close contact must stay home but siblings can come to school.

            1. Q- If I am a potential close contact should I get tested?

            Answer- Not necessarily. Get a Covid test if you have Covid symptoms or between 7-14 of quarantine if you are a close contact.

            1. Q- If I am waiting for Covid-19 test results can I come to school?

            Answer- No! Do not come to school until you get the test results.

             

            Please contact the Big Lake Nurse if you have any other questions or concerns at 892-9705

             

             

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