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Effingham County schools to be closed Aug. 21

POSTED: August 4, 2017 4:47 p.m.

The Effingham County School System has declared Monday, August 21, 2017 as an inclement weather day in anticipation of the Total Solar Eclipse. An event such as this may result in conditions that compromise student safety, and student safety is certainly our school system’s top priority. Therefore, there will be no school for students or staff on Monday, August 21, 2017. A make-up day will not be required.

 

“The safety of our students is always our number one priority,” said Dr. Randy Shearouse, School Superintendent.  “By closing our schools we ensure the safety of our students, as well as many employees. I hope that you and your family are able to spend time together during this special event in a safe and enjoyable manner.”

 

During the solar eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, thereby blocking the light of the sun. This alignment of the sun, moon, and Earth will mark the first time a solar eclipse has occurred coast-to-coast in our country in nearly 100 years.  Our schools will take advantage of this rare opportunity to educate our students on the science surrounding a Total Solar Eclipse.

 

In addition to sharing relevant scientific lessons, teachers will emphasize the issue regarding the dangers of looking at the sun during this event.  We ask families to partner with teachers in this effort by reinforcing this safety issue at home. Remind students that looking at the sun at any time without the use of special safety glasses, or other approved means, may result in permanent eye damage. 

 

Guidelines for watching the eclipse have been issued by NASA.  For more information regarding the solar eclipse visit the National Weather Service athttp://www.weather.gov/source/crh/eclipse.html?sid=sgf.

The Effingham County School System has declared Monday, August 21, 2017 as an inclement weather day in anticipation of the Total Solar Eclipse. An event such as this may result in conditions that compromise student safety, and student safety is certainly our school system’s top priority.  Therefore, there will be no school for students or staff on Monday, August 21, 2017. A make-up day will not be required. “The safety of our students is always our number one priority,” said Dr. Randy Shearouse, School Superintendent.  “By closing our schools we ensure the safety of our students, as well as many employees. I hope that you and your family are able to spend time together during this special event in a safe and enjoyable manner.” During the solar eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, thereby blocking the light of the sun. This alignment of the sun, moon, and Earth will mark the first time a solar eclipse has occurred coast-to-coast in our country in nearly 100 years.  Our schools will take advantage of this rare opportunity to educate our students on the science surrounding a Total Solar Eclipse. In addition to sharing relevant scientific lessons, teachers will emphasize the issue regarding the dangers of looking at the sun during this event.  We ask families to partner with teachers in this effort by reinforcing this safety issue at home. Remind students that looking at the sun at any time without the use of special safety glasses, or other approved means, may result in permanent eye damage.  Guidelines for watching the eclipse have been issued by NASA.  For more information regarding the solar eclipse visit the National Weather Service athttp://www.weather.gov/source/crh/eclipse.html?sid=sgf.

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