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April 8, Virtual Service During Site Closures, All Lansdowne Locations

Lansdowne Children's Centre sites in Brantford, Simcoe, Caledonia and Dunnville will exercise an abundance of caution for safety on Monday April 8, and close during the total solar eclipse.

All Lansdowne operated sites will be closed for the day as of 1:30 p.m. on April 8.

Virtual services will be arranged, as possible.

This closure will allow Lansdowne staff and clients to be safely at home before the eclipse occurs, approximately from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Grand Erie District School Board announced its intention to make April 8th a P.A. Day earlier this month, to ensure children could be safely at home.

solar eclipse as seen from space
A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and earth.

What does this eclipse have to do with Lansdowne Children's Centre? 

When the moon passes between the sun and Earth on April 8, in our catchment area, it will even fully block out the sun for around 3 minutes, approx. 3:17 - 3:20 p,m.

This brief total darkness, defined as ‘totality’, will occur within a narrow 100 km-wide band from southwest to northeast with Brantford near the path’s northern limit.

While essential to avoid eye damage with unprotected viewing, our local public Libraries have distributed special viewing glasses, and vendors also have safe glasses available. 

Plan to embrace this special time in the world, despite uncertainties around us. The last total solar eclipse in Ontario was in 1979 and there won’t be another visible near us again until 2044. What will be your recollection when you hearken back to what you did on April 8, 2024 -  20 years from now?


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