Reflecting on further considerations, Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) schools will be closed to students on Monday, April 8, 2024 and students can participate in asynchronous learning opportunities on that day. 

The decision has been made after listening to and reflecting on further feedback from the WRDSB community, including staff and families. Concerns for student safety have always been at the forefront of the decision-making for this day. The initial decision to have a regular school day was one we felt was possible, given the safety protocols we were prepared to implement. This would have allowed for an exciting once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. We also clearly communicated that families had the option to keep their children at home for the day or have them leave school prior to regular dismissal time.

From the beginning consideration was given for a shortened school day; however, this was not possible due to challenges with student transportation and significant safety concerns, among other factors, ensuring crossing guards would be available. We also tried to factor in the impact for many of our families who could not take time off work or did not have access to childcare.

Based on additional feedback from families and staff we are shifting to an asynchronous day of learning. WRDSB will support the continuity of students’ learning through asynchronous resources from their virtual learning environment (where applicable), and/or WRDSB@Home. Students may also work on previously-assigned work or spend time reviewing material previously covered.

We recognize the challenges this change for April 8 may cause some families, and are especially sorry about those who will need to make alternative child care arrangements. We continue to hope that students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

What is a Total Solar Eclipse?

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. People viewing the eclipse from locations where the Moon’s shadow completely covers the Sun will experience a total solar eclipse. The sky will darken, as if it were dawn or dusk.

Looking directly into the sun at any time is dangerous and can cause serious eye damage, especially during a solar eclipse. On April 8, the eclipse will begin at 2:03 p.m. for the Waterloo Region and will end at 4:30 p.m. The maximum eclipse for Waterloo Region will occur at 3:18 p.m. Please speak with your student about the risks of looking directly at the Sun during a solar eclipse.

Learn More About the April 8 Total Solar Eclipse

Refer to the following resources to learn more about the upcoming April 8 total solar eclipse: