Dan Hinton/Brighter Day Preschool reverts to distance learning after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Dan Hinton/Brighter Day Preschool opened for in-person instruction Monday but reverted to distance learning Wednesday after learning a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.

By Jon Johnson


PIMA – Dan Hinton Accommodation School and Brighter Day Preschool reverted back to distance learning until Sept. 8 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

“We’re not going to offer in-person learning right now,” Dan Hinton Superintendent Troy Thygerson said. “We’re going to go distance learning until Tuesday, Sept. 8.”  

The staff member is not a teacher and did not have any contact with any of the students. The school had opened to in-person learning on Monday and Tuesday, but buses were grounded and parents notified of the change abruptly Wednesday morning. Dan Hinton services special needs students and operates Brighter Day Preschool, which has more than 60 students enrolled.

According to Thygerson, the school learned the possibility of the staff member being positive on Sunday, Aug. 16. Prior to that date, the school had been utilizing distance learning and the staff member was not on campus when the school opened to in-person instruction.

Late Tuesday night, Thygerson learned the staff member did indeed test positive and made the decision to revert to distance learning.

“We’re probably being a little over-cautious, but I’d rather be on the side of our students, parents, and teachers,” Thygerson said. “I want everybody to feel safe and be safe. And I think by doing this we can think and be safe when we come back on Tuesday, Sept. 8.”