Health Office

The goal of the school nurse is to help students stay in school and minimize absences whenever possible.

Student health is a team effort between students, parents/guardians and the health office. The nurse looks forward to caring for all our students’ healthcare needs both big and small. The nurse is at TA Monday-Thursday. Please don’t hesitate to call or email.


Students and parents/guardians recently science has shown that improving resiliency helps decrease anxiety and increases success in school. One helpful way to learn about resiliency is a helpful Australian app which provides a resiliency program for families, This app also includes tools to help students manage: anxiety, sleep issues, and helps with mindfulness.

Student Illness

What to do when your student is ill:

  • If your student is sick, please let the Main Office or School Nurse know what symptoms they are having when you call in. If your child has: a fever over 100.0 degrees, vomiting, headache, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, significant congestion (that’s not allergies), communicable rash (scarlet fever, impetigo) they must stay home.
  • If there is a concern that a student might have Covid, please contact the School Nurse and follow the Covid exposure procedure outlined below.
  • If your child is ill or injured and not able to attend school, please contact the School Nurse.
  • Take home Covid test kits and N95 masks are available in the Health Office and TA’s Main Office.

Medications and Health Conditions

Prescription medications:

  • Must be kept in the Health Office.
  • Parents/guardians must get a current medication order to the School Nurse before medication can be given at school.
  • The student’s provider must send in permission (to the Health Office) to self-carry an inhaler or epi-pen.

Over-the-counter medications:

  • A student needs written parent/guardian approval to take over-the-counter medications at school; students can bring a written note or have parents email permission to the School Nurse.
  • Approved over-the-counter medications will be administered in the Health Office or in the Main Office (in the event that the School Nurse is unavailable).

Field Trips and Sports:

  • Parents please remember that you are responsible for making sure your student has their medication (rescue inhaler/epi-pen etc.) when going on a school-sponsored field trip or athletic event.
  • Students, please remember you are asked to get the medicine to your teacher or coach at the start of the field trip or game.

Covid Information for Families

When a student has Covid:

You can go back to your normal activities after at least one day (24 hours) if:

  • Your symptoms are getting better overall and
  • You have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (and are not using fever-reducing medicines).

After returning to normal activities, take extra prevention steps for the next 5 days. 

Any of these prevention steps can help limit the spread of respiratory viruses. The more steps you take, the lower your risk of getting others sick.

  • Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, cover your coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect surfaces as much as possible.
  • Keep physical distance with other people as much as possible.
  • Improve air quality. Take additional steps for cleaner air such as bringing in fresh outside air, using an air filter, or gathering outdoors.
  • Wear a mask. Look for a well-fitting, high-quality mask, or a disposable mask under a cloth mask.

When a student is exposed to Covid:

  • If they have fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, sore throat or headache consider testing for Covid.

Covid Testing:

  • In-school Covid testing and at-home Covid tests are available from the Health Office.

Recent Health Office News

  • We remember our WWII veterans with appreciation this D-Day. Nurse Ellen will return medications that students have had at school, the week of June 10th. Summer Food Program for Lower Income Students There is money available for summer lunches ($120 per child). If you already have an EBT (electronic benefit......

  • Illnesses  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......

  • Ticks are out. Ticks, ticks, ticks Please check daily for deer ticks – especially outdoor classes and sports teams • 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......

  • Happy Snow Day Illnesses • Pink eye cases are going away. We only had one case this week. Thank you for everyone’s help with hygiene and extra cleaning!!! • 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.......

  • Guest post by Getting to Y team member Margaret Smallwood ’24 – TA students on the ‘Getting to Y’ team facilitated a Community Dialogue on March 21, with parents, peers, and siblings in attendance. Getting to Y is a leadership club focused on public health data, issues, and solutions. Team......

  • Illnesses • 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......



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