Early County Schools dismiss late for eclipse

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EARLY COUNTY, Ga. (WTVY) — In a letter to parents Early County School Superintendent says the system will dismiss students later on Monday, August 21st to make dismissal safer as well as allow viewing of the eclipse.


Dear Parent/Guardian:

As you may already be aware, our area of Georgia will experience a solar eclipse next Monday, August 21, 2017. During the eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, which will block the light of the sun. Our area of the state should receive approximately 90% of the effects of the total eclipse. This will be the first time a total solar eclipse has occurred coast to coast in our country since 1918. NASA has issued guidelines for watching the eclipse including specifications for eclipse glasses that allow safe observation. Without precautions observing the sun can seriously damage vision. The Early County School System will provide eclipse glasses that meet guidelines for all students and staff and will provide structured educational viewing opportunities for our students to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event.

The eclipse will begin around 1:09 PM and will conclude around 4:00 PM. Because of these times and to provide for viewing as well as safety our dismissal on Monday. August 21, 2017, will be delayed. ECLOA will dismiss at 3:10 PM; ECES will dismiss at 3:15 PM; ECMS will dismiss at 3:30 PM; and ECHS will dismiss at 3:40 PM. Families who wish to view the eclipse together may pick up their child before 2:00 PM. Students who check out early for this reason will not be counted as an early dismissal. If you do not want your child to go outside during the time of the eclipse, please send a note to your child's teacher. Be assured, however, that our plan is to make this day a fun, memorable educational experience for our students.

Thank you for your continued support of the Early County School System.

Bronwyn Ragan-Martin,
Ed.D. Superintendent

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