School boards reschedule PA Day to April 8th due to solar eclipse

By Rosalind Russell – The Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon, Rainbow District School Board, Sudbury Catholic District School Board and Conseil scolaire du Grand Nord have rescheduled the April 19th Professional Activity Day as a regular school day.

According to the release, the new professional activity day will be on Monday, April 8th.

The change will ensure there is no school the day of the solar eclipse, which is expected to occur at or near dismissal times and result in temporary darkness.  

Officials say there is also a concern students who are taking the bus or walking home without adult supervision may try to watch the eclipse and risk damaging their eyesight.

The date change affects schools throughout the Sudbury, Manitoulin, and Algoma districts.  

The Canadian Association of Optometrists has issued a set of guidelines for safe viewing of the eclipse.  

Friday, April 19, 2024 will be a regular school day.…/school-boards…/

Photo: A solar eclipse is coming in April, so school will be closed that day due to the possibility of children viewing the eclipse unsafely. Photo – Moose files.

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