On August 21, 2017, Georgia will experience the first total solar eclipse in thirty-eight (38) years. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun appears to darken because the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, causing the moon to temporarily cast its shadow on Earth. Obviously, this event creates a great teachable moment for our students in the Hall County School District, and teachers across the district will be teaching students about the solar eclipse.
The eclipse is anticipated to occur between 1:00-4:00 PM on August 21, 2017, and our area is expected to experience the greatest impact around 2:30 PM. Because of the timing of the eclipse, we are concerned about the safety of our students. Children on school buses and student drivers may be intrigued by this unusual phenomenon and be tempted to stare into the sun, which could cause serious damage to the eyes. Therefore, on August 21, 2017, school dismissal will be delayed by 1 hour for each school. All extracurricular activities will take place after the designated dismissal times.