TA News

Health Office Update: May 16, 2024


 We have had a few cases of a stomach bug, a few cases of viral sore throat, one case of strep throat and 2 cases of Covid.

• 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

There are Measles Cases in Several U.S. States

Measles can cause severe illness including blindness and deafness. Vaccination against measles does an excellent job preventing this illness and complications. Please be mindful if your student is unvaccinated and you are planning on traveling.

Link to map showing states with measles cases

When Outside:

Please check daily for deer ticks 

• There are lots of 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 

Women’s Self Defense Course

The City of Lebanon is offering a women’s self defense course. The course is April 8, 9, 10 and 13. These courses are very important in helping women protect themselves.

Link for Self Defense Course

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

-Prevent sunburn by using your sunscreen. Your skin will be much happier later in life!!

Ronald McDonald Dental Van here May 21-24

Dental cleanings and treating cavities is provided.

If your child is a NEW patient please complete this form and return it to Nurse Ellen by May 20th.

Nicotine Pouches and Addiction

Products like Zyn don’t contain tobacco but contain flavored nicotine which can lead to teen nicotine addiction and cause nicotine poisoning in young children.

Teens Slow Your Roll.

It’s easy to want to get to school on time and go too fast.

Everyone at TA wants you to arrive at school safely.

Please drive with care. We love you.

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

Save a Life – Naloxone Trainings

The U.S. has a marked increase in fentanyl – disguised to look like pain pills. These trainings may save someone’s life:

Lay Mental Health Trainings

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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