April 3, 2024

Updated: Good Evening Wayne-Westland Families,

A solar eclipse will cross North America on Monday, April 8, 2024. Michigan is in the 95% eclipse zone, meaning that certain areas of the state will witness a near-total solar eclipse commencing around 2 p.m., with peak visibility expected after 3 p.m. We want to provide you with some important information about this celestial event and how it will impact our school day. 

NOTE: Wayne-Westland Community Schools will have a full school day for all students on Monday, April 8, 2024. We will incorporate educational opportunities related to the solar eclipse into our curriculum to enhance our students' understanding of this phenomenon.

Google DocLetter to Families Regarding the Solar Eclipse

What is a Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or part of the Sun's light. During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely covers the Sun, turning day into night for a short time.

How to Watch Safely:
Watching a solar eclipse can be an extraordinary experience, but precautions must be taken to ensure safety. Without proper eye protection, you can cause severe eye damage, including permanent blindness. Using specially designed solar viewing glasses or eclipse viewers is crucial to observing the eclipse safely. Even if very dark, regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the Sun.

Observation Tips:
Find a safe and unobstructed location to view the eclipse. If using a telescope or binoculars, use solar filters. 

The Wayne Public Library is hosting an Eclipse Party on Saturday, April 6, 2024. 

We encourage you to discuss the solar eclipse with your child and emphasize the importance of safety precautions. Thank you for being an active part of our educational community.


John Dignan, Ed.D.