Date change for April PA Day

Date change for April PA Day
Posted on 01/18/2024

The date of the PA Day in April is changing to Monday, April 8, 2024 from Friday, April 12, 2024.

Why is this happening?
A total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024. Parts of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will be in the path of totality, which means that these areas, including Belleville, Picton and Trenton, will experience complete darkness at approximately 3:20 PM.

Maintaining a regular school day on the day of the eclipse will present several challenges to students and staff with respect to transportation and safety. For example, many students would either be leaving school or on the bus at the time the eclipse happens, making it difficult to ensure students do not look directly at the eclipse.

Prior to making this decision we consulted with our neighbouring school boards, Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, and Limestone District School Board, as well as Tri-Board Transportation. All are in agreement, meaning a consistent approach will be taken. It is felt that combining the PA Day with the date of the eclipse will likely provide the least amount of disruption to families.

Please note that this change does not add another PA Day to the school year, it is only a change to the April PA Day.

Schools will provide learning for students in advance of the eclipse to explain the significance of this solar event and how to safely watch it.

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