Fall 2020

Fall Reopening Handbook – updated 10/1/2020: Link to View or Download


Updates and Announcements

Technology Resources at TA

Effective, creative, and safe use of technology is essential to student learning and especially critical the hybrid learning environment. We are excited to share some changes in TA’s Technology Department designed to help students, parents, and teachers get the most out of the technology TA provides. The new tech team, IT technician Marisa Cotilletta (backend […]

Lunch Program Update

Thetford Academy’s Café Lunch Program has had a great start to the year. We’ve been fortunate to receive federal funding to subsidize free lunch for all students, and have had enthusiastic responses from our students. Dawn Phelps, our Café Manager, has been working hard to provide interesting and varied meals that transport well in our […]

Head of School Weekly Email: Survey Data, Quarter 1 Timeline, Student Opportunities

Dear TA Families & Students, A few notes of gratitude to start off my weekly email: Thank you to the 139 parents/guardians and 161 students who completed our mid-quarter survey a few weeks ago. I have prepared a summary of survey results to share – click here to view. Kudos to our on-campus students for continued compliance […]

Travel Update: COVID-19, Grafton County

Two events in our local community this past week in regard to COVID cases have caught our attention and we’d like to clarify and provide some information.  First, we are aware of cases at neighboring schools in Hanover and Lebanon.  We are hopeful that cases will not result in outbreaks, but will remain isolated events.  […]

Head of School Weekly Email: Student and Parent Surveys, Reopening Handbook, Digital Learning Deadline

Dear TA Families and Students,Today marks the end of week 4 of the new school year. I want to pause at this important milestone and take a moment to give an enormous public THANKS to our incredible TA staff, who are working incredibly hard to make this school year possible!As we transition into October, I have some requests […]

Student Flu Vaccine Clinic Oct. 15

The following letter was sent home to all families the week of September 28. Dear Parents & Guardians, Thetford Academy and Upper Valley Pediatrics will hold a student flu clinic on Thursday, October 15. Flu vaccines are free for all TA students through the VFC (Vaccines for Children) program at the Vermont Department of Health. Your student can receive a flu […]

Head of School Weekly Email: Change in VT Guidance & Related Updates

Dear TA Families & Students, As many of you are aware, Governor Scott announced on Tuesday that Vermont schools would shift from Step II guidance to Step III starting tomorrow. This is a good sign that Vermont continues to trend in the right direction with the pandemic. (For those interested in the details, you can check out the […]

Digital Learning Resources for Families

The TA Technology Department has launched a new online resource for families learning to navigate the the remote classroom environment and new digital tools with their students. On this site, “Digital Learning at TA,” you’ll find: Information about best practices for using Google Classroom and Web2School to support student learning and stay informed “Get Help” […]

Head of School Weekly Email: Tech Use Agreement & Request to Increase Time on Campus

Dear TA Students & Families, I have two key pieces of information to share with you, as we wrap up week two and our fall program continues to develop. One requires action from all families and the other requires action only if a family wants to increase a student’s time on campus: 1. The required one: On […]

Head of School Weekly Email

Dear TA Students & Families, Here are a few school-wide announcements and reminders as we wrap up week 1: BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL Homework club for those who need to be on campus before 8:30am or after 2pm launches on Monday. Please submit the sign-up form to participate for 1st quarter. Latham Library remains closed to visitors […]

Head of School Community Email: Back to School News & Laptop Checkout

Dear Thetford Academy Students & Families, The start of the school year is just around the corner! Teachers and all staff have been busy working together since last Monday getting ready to welcome students back.  This email outlines important information to help all of us as we launch this unique new year on September 8. As you review the […]

Bus Schedule Update – Fall 2020

With our revised school day schedule and required COVID-19 distancing measures, Thetford Academy has been working with our bus company to plan a new transportation schedule for Fall 2020. As with any new bus schedule, it may take a little while to work out exact arrival and drop off times, so we ask TA families […]

TA Shares Reopening Protocols – VIDEO

Thetford Academy’s Safety Committee has been working throughout the summer to plan a safe reopening for our entire school community this fall. In addition to an at-home learning option, TA will welcome students back to campus for in-person learning on a revised schedule. Our top safety priorities this fall will include: Daily health screenings Required […]

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Fall Reopening Handbook for Thetford Academy

This resource is available for viewing and downloading – LINK to document. The handbook is a dynamic document and will be updated to reflect further developments in the academic program, changes in Vermont guidance, and/or fluctuations in public health regionally. Please note the date on cover page that indicates latest date of revision. Handbook introduction […]

Head of School Community Email: Fall 2020 Plan Updates & Option Selection for Students

The following message was sent via email to TA parents and guardians on August 14. Dear Thetford Academy Parents and Guardians, I am writing today to share updates on our academic program this fall and to distribute the official form to indicate each student’s option. 1. Start & End Times of the On-Campus Experience The Thetford […]

Head of School Community Email: New Start Date, Survey Request, Info Session Recording

This post was originally sent by email to TA families by Head of School Carrie Brennan on July 31, 2020. Dear Thetford Academy Families, Here is the latest news as we prepare for the fall semester: 1. New Start Date – September 8 Governor Phil Scott issued an executive order this week, expected to be […]