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School Cancelled for August 21st

The Franklin County School System has made the decision to cancel all classes on August 21st due to safety concerns centered around the solar eclipse that will take place early that afternoon. This day will be considered an inclement weather day and a make up day will not be required. All faculty and staff, with the exception of bus drivers and cafeteria workers, will report as usual.

 

The school system had planned to utilize the eclipse event as an educational opportunity for all students. Eclipse viewing glasses were purchased for each student and lesson plans were developed explaining why an eclipse occurs. A safety lesson on proper use of the glasses and viewing procedures was also developed and posted for use by all classes. Unfortunately, our supplier emailed us over the weekend alerting us that some of their shipments were not compliant with the American Astrological Society or NASA for safe viewing of the eclipse. The statement used by the supplier was that they strongly recommend that he glasses not be used to view the event. Your students’ safety is our number one concern so we have stopped the delivery of the glasses to the schools.

 

The school system leadership considered several options and came to the conclusion that the safest and most responsible course of action was to cancel all classes for Monday, August 21st.

 

Our teachers will still plan to utilize the eclipse lessons as a way to enhance the Science Curriculum. We will also provide information on the dangers of looking at the sun, even during an eclipse, without the proper protective eyewear. Thank you for your support and understanding

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The Franklin County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public. It is the policy of the Franklin County Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and all accompanying regulations.

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