A total solar eclipse will be affecting the entire region from 2-4 pm on April 8, with the peak of the eclipse occurring during dismissal time. The combination of diminished levels of daylight and the potential for damaging eye exposure to the sun are the primary safety concerns that led to this decision.
The LDCSB will share educational material and resources with staff and students prior to the eclipse so that students can learn more about this historic and rare occurrence.
From NASA: A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon completely blocks the face of the Sun. It is the result of a cosmic coincidence. Even though the Sun is about 400 times bigger than the Moon, it is also about 400 times farther away. This makes the Sun and the Moon appear almost exactly the same size in our sky.