GA, SC schools close in anticipation of solar eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse (from NASA).

(WSAV) – Select local schools have announced closures for Monday, August 21 in anticipation of the total solar eclipse — an event that has not occurred in the area since 1918.

Some schools have considered Monday an ‘inclement weather day,’ because the conditions could place students at a safety risk.

According to school officials, the eclipse presents a unique situation which creates many logistical challenges for a large school district.

“Student safety remains our guiding factor as we consider all conditions surrounding this event.  After reviewing various options and carefully weighing the pros and cons of each, it has been determined that school closure for students is the most responsible option,” said Dr. Ann Levett, Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools. “We also recognize the historical significance of this event for our country.  The days leading up to the eclipse will present wonderful learning activities for our students which will also feature safety information regarding the dangers of looking at the sun during this occurrence.”

Savannah-Chatham Public Schools will be closed on August 21. See an additional list of closures and delays below.

Out on August 21:

  • Long County
  • Chatham County
  • Effingham County
  • Jasper County
  • Beaufort County
  • Hampton County (District 2)
  • Liberty County
  • Hilton Head Christian
  • St. Gregory the Great
  • John Paul II
  • Bethesda Academy

Delayed Afternoon Release:

  • Bryan County
  • Bulloch County
  • Screven County
  • Candler County
  • Evans County
  • Wayne County
  • Tattnall County
  • McIntosh County
  • Glynn County

Early Dismissal:

  • St. Vincent’s Academy (12:15 p.m.)
  • Calvary Day School (12:00 p.m.)
  • Sea Pines Montessori (11:30 a.m. for Lower School, 12:00 p.m. for Upper School)
  • Jeff Davis County
  • Benedictine Military School
  • Sea Pines Montessori
  • St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School

Note: We have confirmed Cross Schools, Hilton Head Preparatory, and Savannah Christian will have school on August 21.

News 3 will update this list as more schools announce closures.

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