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post #61 of 237
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I don't know because my kids aren't in school, so don't know what schools are showing it or what they are doing. I would think that a lot of the school are going to show it, though, even if they can't show it live. If they don't have something set up for schools on different time zones they are cutting off Alaska and Hawaii, and I can't see Obama letting that happen.
well, he never bothered to come to Alaska during his run.


And from the websites, I see no contingency plan for AK or HI

Our schools have made NO mention of this in any way shape or form.

I wish I would have thought to call on Friday. L+
post #62 of 237
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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
We aren't talking about a "speech" ... We are talking about controversial lesson plans. I think.



Yep, I'm curious from a school standpoint rather than a political one. It's been a huge discussion. I don't know of any teachers doing anything w/it but then we're elementary. Can you even imagine dealing with the cross fire btw parents who are so polarized on these issues?


Yeah re the 10 y.o. in Fbks....I did hear they'll have counselors avail on Tues. Such an incredible tragedy, I find it hard to imagine. It SOUNDS to me that he had no underlying health issues. Is that true? I'm starting to get a bit nervous. I know of a lot of people who supposedly have the "mild version" of swine flu. Silver lining, I suppose, is that it's fall rather than winter and we're spending much more time outside instead of being cooped inside.
post #63 of 237
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
Our schools have made NO mention of this in any way shape or form.
Carol Comeau has said that the speech AND lesson plans are allowed but that it is up to the individual teachers whether or not they want to do that in their own classes. But we are talking about high school because of the time difference except for those teachers that are going to do it say Wednesday with a recorded version or something like that (I am CERTAIN it will be on youtube by Wednesday for example- and possibly on the newspaper website or other similar places).

As I understand it, principals have been instructed to tell their staff that if the teachers want to do the activities that they have to have an alternate activity/location set up for the kids that will opt out.

If you are wondering what your students' individual teachers will be doing, I would suggest emailing the social studies teachers directly- I mean other teachers could teach the lessons but I can't see an art teacher for example using their class time for this- I think the likeliest bet would be SS/History.
post #64 of 237
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Originally Posted by BusyMommy View Post
It SOUNDS to me that he had no underlying health issues. Is that true? I'm starting to get a bit nervous. I know of a lot of people who supposedly have the "mild version" of swine flu. Silver lining, I suppose, is that it's fall rather than winter and we're spending much more time outside instead of being cooped inside.
That's what I understood as well. I am starting to see more and more people speaking out about family members that died from swine that had no other health issues around the nation. There was the family of the police officer on the East Coast and the family of the young pregnant mom that I posted last month I think..

I also know LOTS of people that have the mild version of it. I feel bad that there was no article about the 11 month old in Anchorage that passed away from it, I only heard about it because it was mentioned in one of the articles about the Fairbanks boy.

I feel so bad for those families.
post #65 of 237
the swine flu article also said he was sent home Thursday from school and died Friday!

That to me is scary.
post #66 of 237
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
the swine flu article also said he was sent home Thursday from school and died Friday!

That to me is scary.
I am not sure how he ended up AT school when he was sick, but everyone from the school point on seemed to do what they should have done. The nurse sent the little one home sick. He went to the hospital, they transferred him in the hopes of improving his care, and he still died. I can't see any fault there, so yeah, that scares me.

I feel really bad for his parents, his teacher and classmates, and his school nurse.
post #67 of 237
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Originally Posted by Pinoikoi View Post
I am not sure how he ended up AT school when he was sick, but everyone from the school point on seemed to do what they should have done. The nurse sent the little one home sick. He went to the hospital, they transferred him in the hopes of improving his care, and he still died. I can't see any fault there, so yeah, that scares me.

I feel really bad for his parents, his teacher and classmates, and his school nurse.
I remember getting the flu when I was a senior in high school..I was the first kid in school to get it and literally the last to get better.

It hit me like a ton of bricks when I was on the floor cheerleading (yes, I was a cheerleader), and within two hours my fever was 102F. My brother came home that night with it, and within 24 hours, literally 1/2 of our small school had it.

I can see how he might have felt fine before school, gotten sick in school, and been nervous about saying anything until he was feeling REALLY bad.

My thoughts are with his family, and all the kids at Hunter. They're going through so much stress right now. At a time when we most need human touch, so many are afraid to hug one another.

love, p
post #68 of 237

Flu Stuff

I don't know any specifics about the ASD and flu response in reaction to the boy's death in Fbx. My weekly ASD flu planning meeting last week was before he died and I meet again on Thursday. I do know that school nurses have been sending kids home left and right - pretty much, you have a fever, you get isolated until you can get picked up early.

The lastest "bulletin" I read - from either the state or CDC - basically stated that this strain doesn't look to be much more deadly for the average person but it is certainly more contagious. So your or your kids risks of serious outcome are likely similar for H1N1 vs a more "typical" strain - however, you are more likely to get it. However, those having the serious outcomes are skewed to the "priority" groups (preggos, anyone under 24 & "other health conditions")

The ASD will be offering free H1N1 vaccine to any student who has their parent sign the consent form - totally voluntary - when it becomes available. Probably having shot clinics in Nov & Dec. Its unlikely (IMO) there will be the enough of the seasonal flu vax to make it available at the same time. The general concept is vaccinate those who want it so that there are fewer germ factories in the classroom. Even for non-vaxers their should be some herd immunity effect. ASD is also setting up a protocol for regular disinfectant cleaning of the schools - but I don't know any details (surface wipedowns) & I suspect much is left up to teachers to comply with individually. I heard that FNSB schools might be also planning a vax campaign - but that was more at rumor than verified.

Flu Girl must sign off now - trying to make BH contractions go away by chilling in bed with my feet up. I can't believe I am so uncomfortable and only 30 weeks . Ick. I feel like I actually have the flu - but its just tiny feet stuck up into my chest, formerly occupied by lungs.
post #69 of 237
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Originally Posted by liza-s View Post
but its just tiny feet stuck up into my chest, formerly occupied by lungs.

Oh, I hate that part of being pregnant. When my youngest was born and my lungs could move back to their normal position, I think it took close to a week before I could breathe properly again. It was as if my lungs had forgotten how to work.
post #70 of 237
I guess parents were angry at Univ. Park re: the presentation and whatever went along with it today. I don't think it was shown at Barnette.

For anyone interested, I found out at a PAC meeting tonight what is being done re: flu: new anti-bacterial soap was put in district wide on Friday and every room will have the evil hand sanitizer by Wed. or Thurs. (though at this point even I'm using it). Lots of kids out sick right now and TVC peds dept. is saying if it looks like flu, there's a high likelihood it's H1N1.

Penelope, do you know what's happened to Hayden and Mackena from karate? We haven't seen them yet this year.

Jenn
post #71 of 237
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what is being done re: flu: new anti-bacterial soap was put in district wide on Friday and every room will have the evil hand sanitizer by Wed. or Thurs. (though at this point even I'm using it).

Jenn
does this kill viruses or just bacteria?
post #72 of 237
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does this kill viruses or just bacteria?
I had a debate with someone about this, and according to the UK website, it kills virus... the US does not allow labeling of viral killers, so it can't be included on the US versions.
post #73 of 237
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Flu Girl must sign off now - trying to make BH contractions go away by chilling in bed with my feet up. I can't believe I am so uncomfortable and only 30 weeks . Ick. I feel like I actually have the flu - but its just tiny feet stuck up into my chest, formerly occupied by lungs.
Yeah, I'm nesting big-time with unpacking/sorting and things, and at 31wks I sure feel it if I get to moving stuff around (it's just clothing, so nothing heavy, but I still get lotsa BHs and am just totally worn out from it).
Hmm, it'll be nice to breathe again...and can I jsut say I'm thrilled that this baby will be coming *before* Thanksgiving? My last baby I was 33wks at Thanksgiving and I ate about 4 bites and was stuffed...this year I'll be able to actually EAT!!
post #74 of 237
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Originally Posted by katiesk View Post
does this kill viruses or just bacteria?
It pretty much kills anything except for spores. It just ethyl alcohol (aka ethanol - aka drinking alcohol or that trendy fuel additive.) It busts up cell walls so bacteria & virus are toast - if they have direct contact with the stuff. If you use it often, it will do a number on your skin - dries it out - but luckily its pretty impermeable and your not going to kill of much.

I've seen it really mis-used lately on playgrounds. If you have dirt or other crud on your hands that is visible, it might help you wash off the debris, but it isn't going to "sanitize." It really only works when your hands "look" clean. I saw a mom squirt some on her kids disgustingly filthy hands and told them to rub their hands together for a few seconds, she then said "all clean" and then fed them lunch. From 10 feet away their hands were still covered in gruk. I was disgusted. That is why schools/day cares are such germ factories - kids have now idea what washing hands actually means.
post #75 of 237
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Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
Yeah, I'm nesting big-time with unpacking/sorting and things, and at 31wks I sure feel it if I get to moving stuff around (it's just clothing, so nothing heavy, but I still get lotsa BHs and am just totally worn out from it).
Hmm, it'll be nice to breathe again...and can I jsut say I'm thrilled that this baby will be coming *before* Thanksgiving? My last baby I was 33wks at Thanksgiving and I ate about 4 bites and was stuffed...this year I'll be able to actually EAT!!
I figure I'm going to be 41 weeks at Thanksgiving. With DS, he was born at 40 weeks 5 days according to the "official" EDD. But it was 42+1day according to my calculations - and according to what my OB & Pediatrician agreed after they saw him. So I'm not counting on anything less this time - trying not to set myself up for frustration. We'll see how that works.

I'm going to miss the pie. Oh, the pie. I love pie. Can't say enough about apple and pumpkin pie. Wish I had the energy to make some RIGHT NOW! (I am soooo having winter carb cravings early this year.) I not much for the turkey - but I can eat my body weight in sweet potatoes and bread stuffing/dressing (with apples and raisins and sausage). That will be a awful lot if I am still pregnant - and their is any room in my stomach - but she should drop by then.
post #76 of 237
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Originally Posted by liza-s View Post
That is why schools/day cares are such germ factories - kids have now idea what washing hands actually means.
7 kids out in ds' class today. YIKES

Well based on the premise that good rest/sleep will strengthen the immune system, we're all headed to bed to read Pokemon books now. Well, Pokemon for them at least.
post #77 of 237
Thread Starter 
My kiddo is sick now too, and I'm right behind her (I'm already nursing kidney stones, so I'm feeling like I'm getting hit twice). So far, she's just had a runny nose and I've just had a sore throat, but she told me tonight before bed she had a headache.... so that really scared me.... I'll continue to monitor her like a hawk. She didn't drink much today, so I thought the headache might be from being dehydrated, so I encouraged her to drink a bunch and she said it was feeling better, so I'm hoping that it's.

My birthday is tomorrow and all I'm wishing for is a healthy family! :
post #78 of 237
I drove to Anchorage yesterday.

There was no marker on the road where the two teens were killed in the begining of August. Nothing except for the spray paint detailing the crash. That, and a couple of barely noticeable bouquets propped against the rocks.

While I was in anchorage, I located some decent size planks and some twine at my mother-in-law's house, and I fashioned a cross. Spray painted it white and put it up. Took about an hour to stack all the rocks. There was still peices of tail lights, and windshield scattered in the rocks.

It was so sad. I went to school with them. And I knew one of them. AJ would have been a dad next month. Thank god his girlfriend survived.

I was just heartbroken that there was nothing there marking it. It just seemed almost disrespectful, you know?

Maybe people will see the cross and slow down.
post #79 of 237
What I find hilarious on the school cleaning front is teachers can't use Clorox wipes or bleach for tables because it's an allergen (WTF isn't these days....) yet the industrial strength whatever it is that is used by the cleaning crews at night causes eczema on children's arms. I don't know what the schools are going to do to keep things clean and kids healthy. I know our teacher is working with the kids on proper handwashing.

Jenn
post #80 of 237
Ok, I have been reading those blogs listed on adn about couponing in AK.. Did anyone know that we are coupon newspaper insert light around here? I had no idea.. I should have figured it out when people have WAY more coupons than I do, but it didn't dawn on me.. for those of you that use coupons where do you get them? I have considered spending a couple of bucks on ebay for 100 or so, but I am not sure if I am quite ready for that yet.. besides the newspaper- where else should I get them? I get SOME from a magazine subscription my mom got me but even there some months are better than ohters..
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