Health Office

Thetford Academy is committed to supporting our students’ overall health, well-being, and academic success so that they can achieve their highest potential. The middle school and high school years are times of rapid growth and transition, both physically and mentally. With this in mind, the school nurse serves as an important resource for students and their families.

Ellen Gnaedinger

School Nurse

The promotion of wellness and the prevention of illness in students and the entire school community is a key focus. The school nurse is available Monday though Thursday to support students and provide care for illness and injury with the goal of keeping students in the classroom. In addition, the Health Office tracks immunization compliance, stays abreast of illness and disease trends in the school and community, and carries out health screenings.

The Health Office uses the “Standards of Practice: School Health Services Manual” from the Vermont Departments of Health and Education as a guideline for best practices in school nursing.

The Health Office collects and submits the school’s immunization rates to the Vermont Department of Health by January 1 of each year. The Department of Health compiles the rates for each school along with a state-wide comparison. TA has an overall 95.4% immunization rate with higher rates for individual vaccines. You can see the report here.

Recent Health Office News

  • As we navigate the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an ongoing need to be vigilant about our health and safety both at school and at home. The prevalence of the delta variant in our region means we can’t let down our guard and must stay focused on our......

  • The following email update was sent via email to all parents on Friday, August 13 by School Nurse Ellen Gnaedinger and Dean of Students Siobhan Lopez. Happy Friday, TA Families, The Vermont Agency of Education sends us information about vaccination clinics, which we are passing along to you. We continue to......

  • Two TA students, Elliott Jones ’22 and Layliana Benjamin ’26, were selected to co-present at the University of Michigan Medical’s 2021 Adolescent Conference on Health. The conference, now in its seventh year, is part of Michigan Medical’s Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI), a program that aims to “advance innovative adolescent-centered health......



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 carried perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.