2017-08-09 / News

Public schools to extend day

By Diana Royal

In anticipation of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, the Burke County Public School System plans to make the event part of its curriculum for the day.

According to Amy J. Nunnally, BCPS Public Information Officer, the eclipse, which is said to cut a dark, 65-mile wide path across 14 states, is supposed to reach maximum exposure around 2:41 p.m. Since the event is expected to occur around the end of the school day, the school system has decided to extend the day at all public schools by 30 minutes in order to allow students and staff to view the event together. Both the middle and high schools will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. and primary and elementary school students will be released at 3:35 p.m. The day will begin at the regular time for each school.

Nunnally said appropriate eyewear has been purchased for all students and staff and that every student will have the opportunity to view the eclipse while at school. Any parents or guardians who wish to opt out and not have their child participate must sign and return the form that has been sent home with students.

Information is provided at www.burkeschools.org. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to call the district office at 706.554.5101.

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