FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa.– The Greencastle-Antrim School District has announced plans to delay the first day of school due to the upcoming eclipse.
The first day back at school was expected to be next Monday, August 21, but in a letter to parents on August 14, the school district’s superintendent explained that safety for their students is the main concern.
An excerpt from the letter reads:
The beginning of the eclipse is to occur in our area around 1:15 PM, with
maximum coverage of 80% occurring around 2:40 PM, with the end of the eclipse around 4:00 PM.
Normal dismissal time for our district begins at 2:25 PM for our middle and high school students and
3:00 PM for our primary and elementary students. Many primary and elementary students will be on
the bus until after 4:00 PM, especially on the first day of school. Due to the safety risks associated with
viewing the eclipse, it is imperative that students are not outdoors during these hours.
You can read the letter in its entirety below.
Additionally, the Chambersburg Area School District has announce plans to close schools for the eclipse.
An excerpt of the message to parents reads:
In an effort to be proactive in assuring our students do not experience any negative effect by looking directly at the eclipse, the decision has been made to close all schools on August 21st. The peak of the eclipse is scheduled to occur around 2:40 PM, EST, just shortly before our secondary school students would be dismissed.
An inclement weather/emergency make-up day will be utilized in accordance with the approved school calendar, with students and staff in session on January 2, 2018.
District Offices will be open with all 248/260 day employees reporting to work as normally scheduled.