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April 04
Solar Eclipse - Early Dismissal

Dear ASD-S Families,

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a rare, total solar eclipse will be visible in our region. While this is an exciting natural phenomenon and an excellent learning opportunity, it also poses a safety risk for observers. Looking directly at the sun, even for a short period, can lead to serious, permanent eye damage. 

For this reason, schools in ASD-S will be dismissed early that day to ensure students arrive safely at their after-school destinations before the eclipse begins. The eclipse will occur between approximately 3:30pm - 5:30pm. It is important that younger children have adult supervision during this time. Schools will communicate their specific dismissal time closer to the date.

It is crucial to ensure that your child does not look directly at the sun without equipment that is specifically designed for solar viewing, such as eclipse glasses. Note that sunglasses, binoculars, and telescopes do NOT provide eye protection.

Students can also protect their eyes from harm by using a homemade pinhole projector or viewing the eclipse via live stream.  

Please review and follow the safety guidelines below so you can ensure you and your child have a fun and safe solar eclipse experience.