Change to School Year Calendar in April 2024

Limestone Learning Foundation
Change to School Year Calendar in April 2024
Posted on 02/14/2024
Amendment to School Year Calendar graphic

A total solar eclipse will occur across the southern regions of the school district on April 8, 2024. LDSB will be in the path of totality, which means that these areas, including Kingston and Napanee, will experience complete darkness at approximately 3:20 p.m. This is a very rare solar event for the local areaMaintaining a regular school day will present several challenges to staff and students in our schools with respect to transportation and safety.   


While adjusting the school day was considered for April 8, by shifting the day by 80-90 minutes at the start and end of the day to accommodate students in schools during the eclipse, two factors presented concerns: (a) given some employees, as well as bus drivers for Tri-Board, have other employment, shifting the day could result in staffing challenges; and (b) families would be having to adjust and accommodate two days of disruption in the same week (April 8 eclipse day adjustment and April 12 Professional Activity [PA] Day). 


As such, we consulted with our co-terminus school boards, Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and Hastings Prince Edward District School Board, as well as Tri-Board Transportation, to propose moving the PA Day scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2024, to Monday, April 8, 2024. The rationale being that combining the PA Day with the date of the eclipse will likely provide the least amount of disruption to families 


This amendment has been approved by all three school boards as well as the Ministry of Education. April’s PA Day will now occur on Monday, April 8, 2024. This change does not add an additional PA Day for the school year, but simply adjusts the date of the April PA Day. Friday, April 12 will now be a regular school day.  


In advance of the eclipse, school staff will provide some learning for students to explain the significance of this solar event and maximize safety for students. The board is collaborating with the Queen's University Physics department that has trained ambassadors for education and outreach related to the eclipse. Learning opportunities are provided in-person and online.

Educators and the public also have access to the education bundle created by the Education and Materials committee of the Ontario Eclipse Taskforce with extensive information about safety, resources and activities.

We thank Queen's University for providing Eclipse Glasses to all LDSB students. 

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The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.