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Absences Excused for Rapides Parish Students During Upcoming Solar Eclipse

Rapides Parish, LA (April 8, 2024) – Central Louisiana is gearing up for a celestial spectacle as a partial eclipse of the sun is set to grace the skies on Monday, April 8. With this rare event on the horizon, Rapides Parish schools are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of their students.

Scheduled to commence at 12:27 p.m., reach its peak at 1:47 p.m., and conclude at 3:07 p.m., the eclipse promises to captivate onlookers with its awe-inspiring display. However, recognizing the unique nature of this occurrence, school administrators are urging parents and guardians to adhere to the guidance provided by their child’s school.

Safety precautions, including the utilization of proper eye protection, have been implemented for outdoor viewing experiences. For those classrooms opting for an indoor approach, a livestream option will be made available, allowing students to witness the phenomenon while remaining indoors and shielded from any potential hazards.

In alignment with safety protocols, all outdoor activities on school campuses, including physical education classes, recess, athletic practices, and similar endeavors, will be curtailed between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Monday. Despite these adjustments, schools will dismiss at their regularly scheduled times.

Recognizing that some families may prefer to observe the eclipse from the comfort and safety of their homes, the school system has extended an understanding approach. Parents have the option to keep their children home on Monday without facing any repercussions, as absences will be excused.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page, school system officials emphasized the importance of addressing any questions or concerns directly with the respective child’s school. This open line of communication aims to provide reassurance and clarity to families as they navigate this celestial event.

As Central Louisiana eagerly anticipates the solar eclipse, Rapides Parish schools remain committed to fostering a safe and enriching educational environment for all students.

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