South-Western City Schools will release students early for solar eclipse

The South-Western City School District will hold a scheduled early-release on Monday, April 8 due to the total solar eclipse set to take place that afternoon.

As a result of the early release, all evening activities to include rehearsals, practices, and athletics/extra-curricular contests will also be canceled.

The April 8 date had been previously earmarked as a full day of learning on the 2023-2024 academic calendar.

In an effort for families to plan accordingly, transportation and building schedules have been amended for this day and early release times are as follows:
● Elementary Schools: 12:15 p.m.
● Intermediate Schools: 1:15 p.m.
● Middle Schools: 1:15 p.m.
● High Schools: 11:30 a.m.

Although the direct centerline of total eclipse viewing falls north of the district’s attendance boundaries, district officials arrived at the decision to proceed with an early release out of an abundance of caution for student safety who otherwise would be in transit home on a regularly scheduled school day at that time.

Students and staff to receive protective eyewear

Recognizing the educational importance of this rare scientific event, every student (at parent discretion) in the district will have the opportunity to take home solar eclipse glasses in advance of April 8 that are compliant with the international safety standard for protective eyewear.

The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse offers students and families an educational opportunity to observe this incredibly rare astrological event – the first of its kind within view in Ohio since 1806.

Looking ahead to April 8, district officials ask families to reinforce safe viewing practices with their students by reminding them that they should never look directly at the sun once home for the day without the proper eyewear, according to the State of Ohio Eclipse Task Force.

For more information and educational resources, visit eclipse.ohio.gov.

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