TA News

Health Office Update: March 28, 2024


We have several cases of PINK EYE or Conjunctivitis

• We had 4 cases of viral pink eye & 6 cases of bacterial pink eye. Both are quite contagious. Viral pink eye can come from having a cold and then the virus moves to the eyes. It doesn’t need antibiotic drops and is usually improving within 24-48 hours.

• Bacterial pink eye is usually in both eyes with quite a bit of drainage and needs antibiotic drops/ointment.

Both can be easily transmitted from person to person and good hand washing/hand sanitizer helps prevent spreading the infection.

• If you think your child might have pink eye please call or email the health office before sending them to school.

• The good news is we don’t have many students sick with flu or viral sore throat this week. We’re very glad about that.

• 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.

A Tip for Better Mental Health:

• Consider removing Tik-Tok from your phone.

These high school students in Maine tried it and feel better 

• 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

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



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