April 8 will be a PA Day because of the solar eclipse.
That announcement from all four local school boards, which were discussing the idea last week.
April 26 will now be a regular school day.
“The switch was made to ensure the safety of students,” states a release from the four boards. “The eclipse will occur around dismissal time; there is concern for both traffic-related issues as there will be temporary darkness, as well as the possibility that students will try to watch the eclipse and risk damaging their eyesight.”
The school boards include Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord, Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board and Near North District School Board.
On top of thanking parents for their understanding, officials thank Nipissing Parry Sound Student Transportation Services, childcare centres and employee groups for helping to facilitate the change.