When the sun goes dark shortly after 3 p.m. on April 8, 2024, Perkins Local School District students, faculty, and staff will not be in school and away from the crowds of people expected to flock to northern Ohio.
Perkins Superintendent Todd Boggs told members of the Perkins Board of Education during their meeting on Wednesday, March 8, that he expects to use a calamity day, if available, or call a remote learning day when the eclipse occurs in 2024.
The eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024, which is the same day students, teachers, and staff of Perkins Local Schools were expected to return from spring break.
Mr. Boggs said that he has met with the Perkins Police, who advised him that the Sandusky area is likely to have a gigantic swell in tourists when the total solar eclipse occurs. Planning for the eclipse has already begun across the state of Ohio and other states, which are expected to be impacted.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon casts its shadow on the Earth as it passes between the Earth and sun. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon appears to totally obscure the sun.
Here in Perkins Township, the total solar eclipse is expected to occur at approximately 3:13 p.m. and last just more than four minutes.
Police and Ohio Emergency Management Agency experts have advised that cellular phone service, as well as transportation routes and hotel accommodations, will be impacted by an influx of tourists coming to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event.
During its meeting, the Perkins Board of Education also adopted calendars for the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 school years.