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BENNINGTON — Sixth-graders at Shaftsbury Elementary School will be learning remotely for the rest of the week after following a positive COVID-19 case.

In two separate situations, the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union was notified earlier today of positive tests of COVID-19 within the Shaftsbury Elementary School, Mt. Anthony Union High School, and Southwest Tech learning communities.

The Shaftsbury sixth-graders will be remote until Thursday. Friday is an in-service day for teachers, and so students will not be in the classroom.

“This morning we had a meeting with the SVSU Rapid Response Team, the principal from Shaftsbury Elementary School, the principal from Mount Anthony Union High School, representatives from Southwest Tech and representatives from the Vermont Department of Health,” said SVSU superintendent James Culkeen in a statement. “Following the meeting, it was determined that the Shaftsbury Elementary School building would remain open following a positive COVID-19 case. However, due to circumstances which I cannot divulge, all sixth grade students will be engaging in remote learning for the remainder of the week.”

The statement goes on to say that the high school and Southwest Tech will remain open for hybrid in-person learning.

Maintenance staff was in the process of a thorough sanitation process of all surfaces within the affected spaces. The Shaftsbury Elementary building will remain open.

“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,” the statement says.

People are asked to check the district’s website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.

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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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