Academic Calendar Update Due to Solar Eclipse
The school board has approved the following changes to the 2023-2024 academic calendar:
- Monday, April 8, 2024 is now a district holiday. All Midway ISD campuses and offices will be closed.
- Monday, April 15, 2024 will be a regular school day.
Why the change?
On April 8, Waco and Midway ISD will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse, making the area an optimal viewing location. Anticipating more than 100,000 visitors to the area, ongoing discussions with local officials and law enforcement have emphasized safety concerns that could impact students and staff.
Due to the potential for traffic jams and other disruptions affecting school bus transportation and the ability of families to safely get their children to and from school, the staff and student holiday originally scheduled for April 15 has been moved to April 8. Designating April 8 as district holiday aligns with the decisions of other area school districts.
Will there still be learning activities?
The district has purchased enough eclipse-viewing glasses to provide a pair to every student so they can safely experience the eclipse at home. Our Teaching and Learning Department is working with teachers to plan classroom experiences leading up to the eclipse, and additional resources and activities will also be made available to families at home.
Thank you for working with us as we aim to make the best decision for our kids and the community.