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The Southwest Tech building on the campus of Mount Anthony Union High School.

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BENNINGTON — The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union announced that there was a positive test for COVID-19 within the learning community of both the Mount Anthony Union High School and Southwest Tech this week.

But after meeting with the Vermont Department of Health, neither school will have to close for in-person instruction.

“The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union and Southwest Tech were notified of a positive test for COVID-19 within our learning community. 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,” said a statement on the SVSU website on Saturday.

When asked if the positive test was from a student or staff member, SVSU Public Information Coordinator Katie West declined to answer saying that due to medical privacy laws, they are not able to release the names of the individual with COVID-19.

According to the joint statement from SVSU superintendent James Culkeen and Southwest Tech superintendent Michael Lawler, the state health department determined there were no close contacts of the positive individual within the learning community.

“As a result, there will be no school closure for Mount Anthony Union High School and Southwest Tech,” said Culkeen in a statement by email on Saturday. “Following a meeting with the SVSU rapid response team, administrators from both Mount Anthony Union High School and Southwest Tech, and representatives from the Vermont Department of Health, it was determined that there are no close contacts within our joint learning community.

We did take immediate steps to isolate the situation and sanitize the area, as per guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Vermont Department of Health. As a result, there will be no school closure for Mt. Anthony Union High School and Southwest Tech.”

People are asked to check either the SVSU website or Southwest Tech’s website for the most up-to-date information.

“Please be assured that we continue to plan for a safe and healthy school environment by implementing best practices in alignment with guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Education,” the statement finishes.

Adam Samrov can be reached at asamrov@benningtonbanner.com or on Twitter @banner_sports.

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 asamrov@benningtonbanner.com


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