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BENNINGTON — Schools in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union are closed today due to the number of COVID-19 cases being reported.

In a statement posted to its social media pages, the supervisory union said it was notified of several cases affecting five of its 10 schools.

“Following the Vermont Public Health guidelines, our schools will not have the minimum number of students and staff required to operate. Therefore, all SVSU schools, programs, and offices will be closed for staff and students tomorrow, November 24,” the statement said.

“Schools need more than 50 percent of schools (attendance) to operate and we weren’t going to meet that mark tomorrow,” SVSU public information coordinator Katie West added.

West did not specify which five schools had less than 50 percent attendance. But the Arlington schools, which are part of the SVSU, announced Monday on Facebook that Fisher Elementary School would close on Wednesday and Arlington Memorial High School would be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. And Shaftsbury Elementary School announced on its Facebook page that it would be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for staff and students.

The Arlington schools said Monday on Facebook that the decision was made “in an abundance of caution, with the frequency in COVID cases, potential staffing issues, and overall health and safety of our learning community.”

Shaftsbury Elementary School, on its Facebook page, said: “We were notified of a positive test of COVID-19 within the Shaftsbury Elementary School learning community. After consulting with the Vermont Department of Health, all close contacts were determined and notified. The school building will be closed November 23-24 for staff and students.”

In the Northshire, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union said it held classes as usual on Tuesday. Wednesday was a previously scheduled day off for students, superintendent Randi Lowe said.

Greg Sukiennik covers government and politics for Vermont News & Media. Reach him at

Greg Sukiennik has worked at all three Vermont News & Media newspapers and was their managing editor from 2017-19. He previously worked for, for the AP in Boston, and at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.


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