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2024 Solar Eclipse

April 8 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Arc GLOW Eclipse Information

The  April 8 solar eclipse is a once in a generation event. Since, our counties are in the direct path of totality, the prediction is that our four county area will be inundated with tourists.

There are multiple events planned in virtually every community for the eclipse and the traffic is expected to be overwhelming. Additionally, the timing of the eclipse and totality is during our afternoon bus route times.

After careful consideration, we have decided NOT to transport to any of our adult programs.

The agency is not closed and staff are to report or take a vacation day.

April 8 has been part of KidStart’s spring break since the calendar came out. Residential staff should report as usual.

Day Program staff, drivers, and bus aides reporting to work are asked to help staff our homes.  Similar to a snow day, we need to ensure that our homes are staffed with the proper employee to individual ratio. A list of opportunities will be forthcoming.

The Training Department will still be holding training sessions.


In a total solar eclipse, people who are in the “path of totality” see the sun’s bright disk totally covered by the moon for a short time.

A total solar eclipse is a rare event that occurs only once in the same place every 400 years.  During the eclipse, the sky will grow dark for a period of time as the moon passes directly between the sun and earth. While having the opportunity to witness a total solar eclipse is exciting, precautions are required to observe it safely. 

New York state is expecting record crowds to travel to our state for optimum viewing. The state has been planning for this event since February 2023 to ensure public safety and in preparation for the anticipated influx of people from neighboring states. You can find resources for experiencing the solar eclipse, including a map for exact timing and where to find safety glasses for viewing the eclipse, at https://www.iloveny.com/events/eclipse-2024/.

  • Expect extended traffic delays. Only travel on Monday April 8, 2024, if you absolutely must. Anticipate high traffic volume and give yourself plenty of extra time to get to work as roads may be congested.
  • Stock up on food and supplies early and plan ahead as items may be limited due to the high demand. Lines for local services such as restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and retail stores may be longer than usual.
  • Consider re-scheduling errands & appointments. Schedule your errands and appointments in advance, or after Monday April 8, 2024. Some services and businesses will be closed or have limited hours on Monday April 8, 2024.
  • Keep cell phones and laptops charged. With the increased number of visitors, local public safety officials anticipate cellular service may become overwhelmed (primarily on Monday, April 8, 2024) or have limited access. Utilize landline numbers. Know the landline number to your Safety Department and OPWDD’s Communication Center: 855-696-7933.
  • Keep vehicles fueled. Make sure program vehicles are fueled well in advance.
  • Have flashlights and extra batteries at the ready.
  • Ensure the operability of durable Medical Equipment for service recipients with special medical needs.

Additional things to keep in mind the day of the eclipse:

  • Do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse.
  • Sunglasses will NOT protect your eyes.
  • If your eyes are exposed to the sun without the appropriate protection, it can cause “eclipse blindness,” which can temporarily or permanently damage your eyes.
  • Ensure any viewing glasses used have the rating of (ISO) 12312-2 certified eclipse glasses from a trusted source.
  • Monitor events via media sources and OPWDD updates.
  • One of the best ways to view a solar eclipse is through a pinhole projector where you look at a projected image made through a pinhole in cardboard paper. Or even easier, grab a colander from the kitchen (not the mesh kind, the one with holes in plastic or metal)! Pinhole & Optical Projection | Solar Eclipse Across America (aas.org)
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