Shaker Heights Schools News Article

No Classes for April 8 Solar Eclipse; Faculty and Staff Report That Morning

February 9, 2024—The Shaker Heights City School District will be canceling classes April 8, 2024, during a full solar eclipse of the sun. Students and families are invited to join the Shaker Heights Recreation Department and Shaker Heights Public Library for a “Planetarium in the Park” Solar Eclipse Watch Party from 1-4 p.m. that day at Thornton Park. 

The decision to cancel classes was based on a variety of factors:

  • The timing of the eclipse will occur during some end-of-day dismissal windows.
  • The event is expected to draw large numbers of tourists and traffic is expected to be heavy. 
  • Communication capabilities such as cell service and internet bandwidth could be diminished.

Athletics and other after-school events will also be canceled or postponed. Teachers and staff should report to work in-person from 8:30-11:30 a.m. to work on building-level transition planning and other professional learning opportunities. More information will follow.

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