Solar Eclipse Early Dismissal Monday, April 8th, 2024

The district will utilize a half-day schedule in observance of the upcoming solar eclipse. Middle/high school students will be dismissed at 11:00 AM, and elementary students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. Students will have the option of taking a free bagged lunch home. In order to make adequate accommodations, please sign up for lunches by April 2: Lunch SIgn-Up

Our area will have over 99% coverage at approximately 3:18 PM and will experience 4 minutes of darkness. Looking directly at the eclipse can be dangerous, must be done with approved glasses, and requires adult supervision. Please see NASA’s observers guide for more information:

Thank you for your flexibility. Please be safe.


Partial or annular solar eclipses are different from total solar eclipses – there is no period of totality when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face. Therefore, during partial or annular solar eclipses, it is never safe to look directly at the eclipse without proper eye protection.

When watching a partial or annular solar eclipse directly with your eyes, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. NASA does not approve any particular brand of solar viewers.

Always inspect your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer before use; if torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged, discard the device. Always supervise children using solar viewers.

Do NOT look at the Sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury.


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