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South-Western City Schools to hold scheduled early release April 8

After careful consideration, the South-Western City School District (SWCSD) will hold a scheduled early-release on Monday, April 8, 2024 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.

To view the updated District calendar, visit www.swcsd.us/calendar.aspx 

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. 
There will be no preschool sessions held as a result of this day.

Although the direct centerline of total eclipse viewing falls north of our attendance boundaries, the District 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 rarer scientific event, and first-home use at parent discretion, every student in the District (and staff member) 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 (ISO 12312-2). 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, we ask families to reinforce safe 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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