Early Dismissal on April 8, 2024

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff: 


I'm writing to inform you of an important scheduling change. To prioritize the safety of our students during the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, we will implement a 2-hour 15-minute early dismissal.


This decision, made in consultation with professionals and the other districts in Westmoreland County, addresses several safety concerns due to the timing of the solar eclipse. 


We also recognize that the eclipse offers a unique educational opportunity.  During the school day, students will learn about solar eclipses in their classrooms. They will also view a video made by the students of the PTHS Astronomy Club.  


We understand this change may disrupt plans and we apologize for any inconvenience. This decision was made with our student's safety and well-being as our primary focus. 


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 




Dr. Matthew Harris