Pima to utilize distance learning for Thanksgiving week

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: The Pima School District will revert to distance learning for Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24. In-person instruction is scheduled to resume Monday, Nov. 30.

By Jon Johnson


PIMA – Citing a need for its school district to have a break, Pima schools will be reverting to distance learning for Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24. The district, including elementary, junior high, and high schools, will then be off the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Traditionally, we’ve always had pretty low attendance on those two days,” Pima Superintendent Sean Rickert said. “A lot of people take the whole week off for the holiday.”

With numbers usually down anyway, Rickert said he felt it was a good time to help the district recuperate due to the loss of teachers due to testing positive for COVID-19 or having to be placed into quarantine. He added that the community has stepped up to fill in as substitute teachers, but they are still having difficulty filling all the open spots.

“We need to get our feet back underneath us,” he said. “It just seemed like a good opportunity to give everybody a little bit bigger break at a time when everybody needs a little bit bigger break.”

The schools are scheduled to resume in-person instruction Monday, Nov. 30.