TA News

Health Office Update: March 21, 2024

It’s nice to see the sun.


• We are seeing less students out with influenza symptoms this week. It is taking 3-6 days for students to feel well after getting the flu. 

• Parents, please encourage your students to be in touch with their teachers to make a plan to make-up work.

• There is an upper respiratory virus causing: sore throat, congestion, cough and sometimes laryngitis. This is lasting 3-10 days.

• NEW — Protocol for return after Covid is here: Thetford Academy Health Office/COVID page

• If you need a Covid test kit, please come to the health office. 

Covid Frequently asked Questions

Covid Pfizer booster

Available to students and staff (under age 64) at:

– Upper Valley Pediatrics – call 802-785-4722 for an appointment. 
– South Royalton Health Center – call 802-763-7575.

Issues Facing Teens

• Join Thetford Academy’s Getting to Y team and other community members to discuss root causes of issues facing today’s teens and brainstorm solutions. Students at TA have identified 3 main concerns on which they would like to focus: teen sexual violence, vaping, and LGBTQ+ mental health. 

• This Community Dialogue Event will take place on Thurs, March 21 at 6-7:30 in the library at Thetford Academy. Pizza will be provided. Please register in advance using this link

Contact Kara Toms ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

A Tip for Better Mental Health:

• Smiling Mind is a helpful, free app for stress/anxiety/sleep issues Smiling Mind

• Helpful NPR article on dealing with stressors can help adults and students. How to manage stressors

Cannabis Youth Health Concerns

• Protect young children from accidental cannabis ingestion.

• Teach teens that increased cannabis use can be a sign of mental distress.

Please see this flyer from the Vermont Department of Health.

Here is the full list of Vermont cannabis stores currently offering the free, lockable storage bags.

  • Capital Cannabis Company – Berlin
  • Vermont Bud Barn – Brattleboro
  • Euphoria Cannabis Products – Burlington
  • The High Country – Derby
  • Magic Mann – Essex
  • FLORA – Middlebury
  • Mountain Girl Cannabis – Rutland
  • MothaPlant – St. Albans
  • Northeast Kannabis – St. Johnsbury
  • The Tea House – White River Junction

Thetford Town Service Officer

– A resource for winter: 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 for 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 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

Israel and the Occupied Territories

– The International Red Cross is helping in the Mideast

– UNICEF is helping children

Ellen Gnaedinger, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Thetford Academy School Nurse

Thetford Academy Health Office/COVID page



We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.


We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.


We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.


We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.


We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.