• No School April 8 Solar Eclipse

    Jackson administration acts on guidance from Emergency Management

     
    The Jackson Local School District Board of Education approved the recommendation to take a calamity day on Monday, April 8, 2024. Among the many factors for this recommendation is acting on guidance from local and state Emergency Management Agency experts regarding infrastructure support. Stark County and Ohio Emergency Management reports suggest certain areas of Ohio could see a significant influx of visitors for the Solar Eclipse, and the path of the April 8 solar eclipse in our district will be a total eclipse. 
     
    Given the timing of the eclipse in our district (it will begin at approximately 1:58 p.m., maximize in totality at 3:15 p.m., and end at 4:29 p.m. during peak dismissal times), the district has made the decision to minimize our school-related traffic (buses and young drivers) on local infrastructure that day. Another area of concern is the strain that may be placed on cellular communication towers due to the potential influx of visitors. There will be no extra-curricular events in our district that day.
     
    Ohio Emergency Management has identified some of the challenges April 8 may expect include:
    • Heavy to gridlocked traffic conditions before and after the eclipse;
    • Travelers stopped on roadways (heat, water, food, bathroom challenges);
    • Limited cell phone service due to heightened network use; and
    • Potentially limited food and gasoline availability on the routes due to an influx of travelers.
    The last time Ohio was in the path of totality for a solar eclipse was 1806. We hope our families are able to enjoy this unique event together and take necessary precautions to do so safely. Visit ready.gov for more safety tips, and for help creating a family communication plan. For more on how to view the eclipse safely, see NASA.gov

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