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SPS Community Communication // April 2, 2024


Dear SPS Community,

The sun is gracing us with its presence for longer each day, but on Monday, April 8th, it will hide behind the moon for approximately four minutes, resulting in a rare solar eclipse. In Sudbury, a partial eclipse will commence around 2:14 pm and peak around 3:30 pm. For SPS students, this means that students will have arrived or be heading home. SPS educators are sharing their excitement with students about this rare event while also educating them about solar safety. Linked is an educational slide deck that contains resources for understanding and experiencing the eclipse, as well as guidance from DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education). Please reinforce the district’s messaging to your students about how to appreciate but stay safe during an eclipse.

Tangentially related from a safety perspective, the CDC has released streamlined guidance related to COVID and other respiratory diseases. These updates are the result of advances in detection and treatment, ensuring the most reliable and up-to-date information for our community's safety. More information can be found on the CDC website, but it is succinctly summarized by the graphic below. Additional information can be found at the SPS will be following the updated respiratory virus guidelines, as they have been recommended by the State’s Department of Public Health and the Sudbury Board of Health. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact the nurse(s) at your child’s school.


I’ll close with a thought and a hope. As a third-generation educator, April 1st was always a day that my family members hoped would fall on the weekend. So my hope is that you avoided rubber snakes or other April Fool’s surprises and that we all avoid any more snow days or other non-weather events to finish the school year.


Brad Crozier