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Mount Anthony Union High School and Southwest Tech will conduct remote instruction this week after two reports of COVID-19.

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BENNINGTON — After learning of a second positive COVID-19 test among the school community, the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union announced on Saturday that both the Mount Anthony Union High School and Southwest Tech, the former CDC, will conduct remote instruction for the coming week.

As of Friday, both the high school and Southwest Tech were planning to remain open for in-person hybrid learning after officials learned of a single positive COVID-19 test.

On Saturday, they received notice of another positive test, also in the Mount Anthony Union High School learning community, and so officials decided to make both schools remote-only learning for the week.

“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,” reads a joint statement from SVSU superintendent James Culkeen and Southwest Tech assistant director Meg Honsinger.

“The Mount Anthony Union High School building will be closed for staff and students for the week of January 25-29, with all students engaging in remote learning. Please note that this is different from the announcement made [Friday], January 22. Those directly affected have been contacted,” the statement reads.

In a statement on Saturday evening, Culkeen said that after a meeting with the district’s Rapid Response Team, the principal from Mount Anthony Union High School and representatives from the Vermont Department of Health, the decision was made to go remote for the next week.

According to the update, Mount Anthony Union High School athletics will continue as scheduled and athletes will be contacted by their coaches with updates.

For more information, visit the school’s website or the district’s social media accounts.

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Adam Samrov is the sports editor and part-time news reporter for the Bennington Banner. He has been at the Banner since 2008 and sports editor since 2010. He can be reached at


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