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The Mount Anthony Union Middle School in Bennington, like the rest of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, has been conducting remote learning this past week.

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BENNINGTON — Two cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Mount Anthony Union middle and high schools, but the schools are still expected to reopen next week as planned, administrators said Friday.

Because all Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union students have been learning remotely this past week, “no close contacts were determined,” SVSU Superintendent James Culkeen told the Banner. The supervisory union became aware of the cases “as a result of the most recent surveillance testing and the increase in testing opportunities in our community,” he said.

“In addition to taking the immediate steps to isolate the situation, our trained maintenance staff has followed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Vermont Department of Health sanitation guidelines. As a result, there will be no school closures for Mt. Anthony Union Middle and High Schools,” Culkeen said in a statement to the school community.

SVSU administration was notified of the positive tests “within the Mt. Anthony Union Middle and High School learning communities” on Friday, Culkeen said. “In keeping with Vermont Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, our team took immediate steps to isolate the situation. We are working closely with local and state officials to ensure our community remains safe and healthy.”

Culkeen said he could release no further details, and asked that people check and the schools’ social media accounts for the most up-to-date information. Culkeen chose to move SVSU schools to remote learning after Thanksgiving, after Gov. Phil Scott directed schools to send students home if they celebrated the holiday with people outside their households.


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