Lakota Local Schools will make a shift in its academic calendar on April 8, 2024 due to Butler County’s proximity to the total solar eclipse pathway. Students will not have school but staff will report for a professional development day.
“Under the guidance of the Ohio Department of Emergency Management and other organizations, we have decided to shift April 8 to a professional development day for staff. With Butler County in the totality path, our area is expected to see an exorbitant increase in visitors who want to view the total solar eclipse,” said Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. “We have already been told that this could impact response time in the event of an emergency at our schools. This, along with the fact that the eclipse will occur during our dismissal times, creates a safety concern. The right decision is to shift to professional development on April 8.”
The April event will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible in Ohio since 1806.
Butler County will be in what is known as the Southern Limit of Total Eclipse. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s Local Planning Guidance states, “The expected population increases before, the day of, and on the day after the eclipse will result in extreme demands and stresses on local infrastructure, including: hotels, campsites, food, water, restaurants, utilities, law enforcement, fire services, medical facilities, entertainment facilities, and parks.”
Please note, the printable academic calendar will be updated to reflect this change soon.
- academic calendar