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School dismissal to be delayed Aug. 21 for wonderful eclipse opportunity

School dismissal to be delayed Aug. 21 for “wonderful” eclipse opportunity…

Frankfort, KY, August 9, 2017 – The Franklin County Schools will delay all school dismissals by 15 to 20 minutes on Monday, August 21 to allow students to experience the rare solar eclipse that is predicted by astronomers that afternoon.

“We want to use every educational/instructional opportunity to the fullest extent possible,” said Supt. Mark Kopp. “This eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach students about a rare scientific and astronomical phenomenon. For that reason, we will remain in school the entire day, and we are encouraging each of our schools to use the eclipse instructionally.”

Several of the schools and/or their parent-teacher organizations have purchased “eclipse-safe” glasses for each student, and the district is purchasing more glasses and/or safe viewing devices to ensure that every student has the opportunity to participate.

The peak of the eclipse is expected at approximately 2:30 p.m. and is expected to last just a few minutes. However,
this coincides with the district’s elementary school dismissal time. For that reason, and to give students the opportunity to experience the full effect of the eclipse, dismissal will be delayed approximately 15 to 20 minutes at all Franklin County Schools. Due to the fact that the buses run elementary school routes followed by middle/high school routes, a delay in the elementary dismissal time necessitates a similar delay in the middle/high school dismissal times.

For car-riders, the district is asking parents and guardians to plan on picking up their children 15 minutes after their regular dismissal time.

Parents/guardians who choose to take their child(ren) out of school that day to use the eclipse as an educational opportunity must complete an Educational Enhancement Opportunity Form and turn it in at their school office if they would like the absence excused. Parents/guardians who prefer that their children NOT participate in outdoor activities related to the eclipse may notify the school by completing an “Exemption from Outdoor Participation” form and returning it to their school office. Both forms are available in each school’s office, or they can also be downloaded here:

Educational Enhancement Opportunity Form

Eclipse 2017: Exemption from Outdoor Participation Form

Franklin County joins a number of other districts that, according to newspaper reports, are delaying dismissal. They include Hardin, Jefferson and Oldham counties. Spencer County is reportedly considering a similar delay.

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