Hamilton schools will close on day of solar eclipse

Schools in Hamilton’s public and Catholic boards will be closed on the day of the solar eclipse

Both the HWDSB and HWCDSB have announced adjustments to their school year calendars, moving their respective Personal Activity (PA) Days to Monday, April 8th. 

The move comes out of safety concerns, particularly with the timing of the solar eclipse lining up with the dismissal times for elementary and secondary schools in Hamilton. 

Looking directly at the sun during the solar eclipse without proper protection can cause serious health issues including eye damage. The total eclipse, which is expected to occur at around 3:20 pm, will create a period of increased darkness that may also carry safety risks. 

Those who want to view the exciting eclipse safely can still claim a pair of solar glasses for free through Hamilton Public Library branches using their library card, thanks to a large purchase of over 600,000 solar glasses by McMaster University. 

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