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Solar Eclipse

SV early dismissal procedure for Monday, April 8, 2024

Monday, April 8, 2024, will go down in history as the day of a rare and remarkable cosmic event.

A total solar eclipse is set to take place, which occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, causing the sun to be partially or fully obscured (it's an experience that won't take place again for another 20 years!). This total eclipse will be visible across a large portion of the United States. In fact, most of Pennsylvania lies within the 90 percent coverage range, so there will be excellent viewing across the state, weather permitting.

The eclipse window will take place from 2-4:30 p.m. with peak eclipse time at 3:16 p.m. For nearly four minutes, the afternoon sky will darken. Since this occurs during our typical dismissal time, we understand that children may be tempted to look at it, which is a safety concern regarding potential eye damage.

Therefore, we have decided to move up student dismissal for the day. The early dismissal schedule for April 8, 2024, will be as follows:

  • Kindergarten, AM ONLY, will dismiss utilizing the regular schedule (11:30 a.m.)
  • Elementary, grades 1- 6, will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. (there will be no PM K this day); lunch will be served
  • Secondary, grades 7-12, will dismiss at 11:40 a.m.; lunch will be served
  • Athletic schedules for student-athletes and teams will be updated by coaches so no outdoor activity takes place from 2 – 4:30 p.m. Indoor activities may continue as planned.

It is known that viewing an eclipse must happen using special-purpose eclipse glasses. Standard sunglasses, unfiltered lens cameras or the looking at it directly with the naked eye can result in eye injury. Learn more about safety and general eclipse information at either 2024 Solar Eclipse (pa.gov) or via Total Solar Eclipse FAQ (nasa.gov).

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of Seneca Valley.