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Health Office Update: Sept. 7, 2023

The Heat:
The heat this week is really something and it is bothering some students. Please remind students to wear light-weight clothing, drink lots of water and come to the health office if not feeling well. The heat is causing some headaches and some nausea.

We have two people out with Covid this week. If you need a Covid test kit please come to the office. I have a limited supply left.

Friendly Reminders:
Please return the light green health cards to the health office as soon as possible.

For chronic conditions:
Please turn in emergency plans from your doctor as soon as possible; we need those before Mountain Day.

Prescription medications:
Must be kept in the health office. Parents/guardians need to get a current medication order to Nurse Ellen so it can be given at school.

Over-the-counter medications:
Your child (unless 18 years old) needs written parent/guardian approval to take over-the-counter medications at school; please have them bring a written note or email Nurse Ellen. Your child will take the medication in the health office or main office if Nurse Ellen is not at school.

Field Trips and Sports
Parents are responsible for making sure their student has their medication (rescue inhaler/epi-pen etc.) for field trips and sports. Students, please remember to get the medicine to your teacher or coach.

Lighten those Backpacks – Help your Backs Feel Better!
Students think of creative ways to use your locker, e.g. put your afternoon binders in your locker until PowerHour etc.

Please check daily for deer ticks.
Shower & wash clothes if you are out in tick territory. If a deer tick is attached to you for more than 24-36 hours call your pediatrician & get a one-time antibiotic to prevent Lyme Disease. Also, save the tick – show your doctor or Nurse Ellen. Ellen’s Lyme Disease prevention video 

Poison Ivy, Poison Parsnip
There is a lot of poison parsnip right now; it is tall and looks like Queen Anne’s lace, except it has yellow flowers. Photos of poison ivy & poison parsnip If you walk through poison ivy or poison parsnip wash thoroughly with soap and water & put your clothes & shoes in the washing machine.

Smiling Mind is an Australian mental health app that offers programs for teens, including helping with resilience.

Thetford Town Service Officer
The town service officer can help with gas cards, fuel oil, etc. The town service officer can connect families with other supports. Jessica Eaton is the Thetford Town Service Officer and can be contacted for assistance with a wide variety of needs. Email:  [email protected]. Phone:  802.333.9491

Thetford Food Shelf
The food shelf is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 to noon. The food shelf serves residents of Thetford, Fairlee, West Fairlee, Vershire and Strafford.

Corinth, West Topsham & Bradford Food Shelves
West Topsham’s food shelf is at the Riverside Grange & open Monday 3-4 PM and Fridays 5:30 -630 PM Bradford Academy ‘s food shelf, in Bradford, is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 3-4 p.m.; Wednesday, 5-6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-noon



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