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Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse

As we approach the highly anticipated solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, we want to ensure that our community is both excited and prepared for this remarkable event. The eclipse will bring a significant dimming of the sky, with the peak occurring just after high school dismissal time. During this time, the Philadelphia area will witness a deep partial solar eclipse, with the moon covering over 90% of the sun's surface, creating a dramatic spectacle and an educational opportunity.

It's important to note that our school schedules will remain unchanged; all schools will operate on their traditional timetable. To ensure that our students can safely participate in viewing this phenomenal event, the school district has secured ISO-certified solar eclipse glasses for students. These glasses are designed to protect against harmful UV rays and intense visible light, ensuring a safe viewing experience.

Leading up to the event, our teachers will share background information about the eclipse as well as proper use of the glasses. We also encourage all families to discuss with your children the importance of this event and the necessity of using these protective glasses. It's crucial for their safety, as looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, without proper protection can lead to serious eye damage.

Here are a few safety tips and key details for the event:

  • The eclipse will begin at 2:08 p.m., peak at 3:23 p.m., and conclude at 4:35 p.m., during which the sky will dim significantly.
  • Discuss with your children the importance of only looking at the sun through eclipse glasses throughout the event to protect their eyes.
  • Student drivers should exercise caution and turn on their vehicle lights upon departure from the school. To assist in this reminder, announcements will be made via the high school Schoology page and through our PA system.

To enhance visibility and safety, RTSD buildings will activate exterior lights from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on the day of the eclipse.

Due to the unique nature of this day, all outdoor after-school sports and activities for the middle school will be canceled. All athletic competitions for the high school will have a delayed start of 4:30 p.m. We understand the significance of this event and encourage families to experience it together if they so choose. Parents wishing to pick up their children early for eclipse-related activities may do so; please provide a note to your child's building attendance secretary.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.