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Flu Information

January 24, 2018

 

Dear Parents:

 

The Florida Department of Health reports that influenza, or “flu,” activity levels have increased sharply over the last several weeks.  Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses.  It can cause mild to severe illness.  Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.  Some people, such as young children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications from flu.  The Department is encouraging families to get vaccinated for flu now.

 

Vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu and severe complications from the flu.  Vaccination is most crucial for children with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions.  The flu vaccine is offered in many locations including pharmacies, clinics, employers, and schools.  Contact your health care provider, county health department, or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/findaflushot to find a flu vaccine center near you.

 

The flu vaccine is safe.  The national Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccine each year.  Since infants under six months of age are too young to get vaccinated against influenza, it is important that family members (including pregnant or breastfeeding mothers) and other caregivers for these children be vaccinated to help protect them from the disease.

 

It is especially important that parents keep sick children at home to prevent spreading the flu virus to others.  Additional flu prevention steps include staying away from people who are sick, covering sneezes or coughs with a tissue or your elbow, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and frequent handwashing.

 

If your child becomes sick with flu-like illness, contact your health care provider as soon after symptoms begin as possible.  Symptoms of the flu often include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, or fatigue.  Antiviral medication for flu has been shown to reduce severity and length of disease, decrease the risk of complications from influenza, and reduce the risk of death among hospitalized patients, particularly in those that start treatment early in their illness.  Health care providers can prescribe antiviral treatment if appropriate.  Treatment is most effective when started within 48 hours, so contacting your health care provider as soon as your child becomes ill is important, especially if your child has underlying health conditions.

 

The best way to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during flu season is to:

·         Get vaccinated;

·         Keep sick family members home;

·         Contact your health care provider if you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms; and

·         Follow your doctor’s guidance on treatment.

For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/parents/index.htm.

 

Sincerely,

Michael J. Martello

Baker Cross Country Wins District Title


The Lady Gators cross country team placed first in the 1A District meet on 10/28, at Sims Middle School, hosted by Jay High School.  Maya Espinosa (10th grade) placed first overall with a time of 21.04, Gabi Espinosa (8th) placed 2nd with a time of 21.44.  Eliana Butler (7th) placed 8th, Julia Knight(7th) placed 10th, Karley Bishop (6th) placed 18th, Allison Morse(10th)  placed 24th and Maci Bussanmus (8th) placed 33rd overall.  These 7 ladies will be representing Baker School in the Regional CC meet on Nov. 4 at Lake City.    Greg Chaitha (10th) placed 9th overall for the boys with a time of 19.21.  He will also be running at the Regional meet.  
 
It's GREAT to be a Baker Gator!

 

 

Baker Golfer Makes History


Congratulations, Easton Thames!  For the first time in school history we have a male golfer going to STATE in Orlando on Nov. 7 & 8.  Way to go Easton!


 

XC Places in Top 5


Please congratulate the Baker Cross country team members. Most of their team is middle schoolers! Boys placed 5th in Okaloosa County and the girls placed 3rd which was ahead of Crestview! Maya Espinosa placed 8th in the district securing her a spot on the Okaloosa All-County team! 

It’s great to be a Baker Gator!


 

Flu Shots



Consents for student flu shots will be coming home soon.  Those students that have consent for the flu shot will get them on October 23, 2017.



 

XC News



Please congratulate the girls cross country team.  They came in first place at our meet at Lake Jackson, beating the 2nd place team by 15 points.  They beat out 10 other teams.  Maya Espinosa placed 1st out of over 70 girls and Gabi came in 4th.  We had 7 girls place in the top 30! Many of the girls had season best runs!  The boys team placed 6 out of 10.  Greg Chaitha placed 10th out of about 100 boys. Several of the boys had their season best run. The teams we faced were from Florida and Alabama. 

Baker Gators are going strong in 5K’s!



 

School Closures and Updates



Governor Scott has canceled school for tomorrow Friday, September 8 and Monday, September 11.  All after-school activities are also canceled.  Click HERE for the Florida DOE executive order from Gov. Scott.



The Varsity football game against Snook Academy is rescheduled for October 20th at 7:00pm in Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium.



Due to the closure of our school, the Miss Baker pageant deadline for registration has been extended to Wednesday, September 13th.  No registration forms will be accepted after this date.



 

Gator Shirts Available



Get your spirit  shirts now from Coach Combest, Coach Chelsea Medley, or a volleyball player. The colors are white, black, pink, and maroon. They are $10 or buy all four for $32.00.  These are for white out, black out, pink out and maroon out games.



 

2017-2018 School Information



Click HERE for the 17-18 Supply List.


Volunteers are needed for the upcoming year.  If you are interested in helping at the school or being a chaperone on a field trip, then you will need to fill out the volunteer affidavit online only.  You may click HERE to begin the process.  The form will take about 5-10 minutes to complete but the approval process can take up to 2-3 weeks.


School Calendar - Click HERE for a printable copy.


Apply for FREE or REDUCED Lunch HERE.


Open House Information coming soon.


The ASPIRE program (Elementary After-School program) will be holding an informational meeting on Friday, August 4th in the Media Center for ALL interested parents / guardians.  Time is TBD.



 

Bell Schedules

 

Regular Day                                    
 First Period            7:35 - 8:30             
 Second Period       8:35 - 9:25            
 Third Period           9:30 - 10:20          
 Fourth Period       10:25 - 11:15          
 HS Lunch             11:15 - 11:45           
 MS Fifth Period    11:20 - 12:10          
 HS Fifth Period     11:50 - 12:40          
 MS Lunch             12:10 - 12:40           
 Sixth Period          12:45 - 1:35            
 Seventh Period       1:40 - 2:30           
Activity Schedule
1ST Period               7:35-8:20
2nd Period               8:25-9:05
3rd Period                9:10-9:50
4th Period                9:55-10:35
5th Period                10:40-11:20
HS Lunch               11:20-11:50
MS 6th Period         11:25-12:05
HS 6th Period          11:55-12:35
MS Lunch               12:05-12:35
7th Period                12:40-1:20
Activity                    1:30-2:20
7th Period                2:20-2:30

 

Quick Links

 

Link to Substitutes Page

Volunteers button, click to continue to the volunteers page.

Link to Curriculum and Instruction Page

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Link to Professional Development Page

Link to Parent Portal Page

Link to Pay Online For Activities Page

Link to Pay for School Meals Online Page

Link to Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Link to Transcription Request Page

Link to the iOCSD Application Information Page