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Burr and Burton Academy announced late Friday that one of its students tested positive via antigen test for COVID-19.

The announcement by headmaster Mark Tashjian was sent via email to students, families and staff; as well as posted to BBA's Facebook page.

"This evening we were notified that a student tested positive for COVID-19 vía the antigen test," the email said.

Tashjian said the test is considered a "presumptive positive" and the results of a PCR test are expected Saturday afternoon.

"As per our protocol, we are shutting down all school activities and events for the next 24 hours," including athletic competitions and practices, the message said.

"If you are at all like I was in high school, you athletes will be extremely disappointed to miss tomorrow’s competitions," Tashjian wrote. "I share your disappointment, and I ask for your understanding that the safety of our entire community, including each and every one of you, must be our top priority."

Boys varsity and junior varsity soccer, and varsity and JV field hockey were scheduled to play Saturday.

Tashjian asked that the school community refrain from spreading rumors until facts are known.

"There also will inevitably be rumors surrounding this situation," Tashjian wrote. "I ask that you refrain from reacting to these rumors until we are able to gather all the facts of the situation."

Tashjian encouraged everybody to hope that the presumptive positive test ends up being negative.

"If it is a confirmed positive, let’s hope that it is isolated and, through our coordinated actions, we are able to contain any outbreak," Tashjian said. "Most of all, let’s also hope for the good health and welfare of the student and family involved."

Contact Darren Marcy at or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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