Walton County public schools will delay dismissal Aug. 21 for Eclipse

Officials with Walton County School District announced they will delay dismissal on Aug. 21 in order to give students the opportunity to get the full benefit of the Eclipse.

Annular solar eclipse, May. 21, 2012, Hyogo, Japan (taken by Takeshi Kuboki). Public domain

“On August 21, the partial eclipse is expected to begin at 1:04 p.m., peak at 2:35 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. In order to give our students the opportunity to view the eclipse with teachers from the beginning through the maximum period, the district has decided to delay dismissal by 30 minutes,” WCSD announced on its Facebook page, adding that Safety glasses will be provided for all students

The Aug. 21 dismissal times for Walton County schools are:

Elementary School – 3:50 p.m.
Middle School – 2:55 p.m.
High School – 3:10 p.m.

Your Local News Journalism Explorer, Joshua Walker, did some research and covered this Eclipse for a story he wrote back in May, said his research did not show that it would be easily viewed in the local area. In fact, to see it in its totality, views would have to be in the far north east corner of the state. However, he did note that it promises to be a wonderful experience for those who are able to see it.

“Its path will leave spectators amazed as a sunny day turns to instant darkness for a matter of minutes while the moon passes just in front of our view of the sun and blocks its light,” Walker said, adding that according to National Geographic, the last solar eclipse in North America was in 1979. The Eclipse has generated a lot of excitement with locations that are in the path of the total eclipse selling out accommodations well in advance of Aug. 21. Georgia State Parks put out a press release giving locations and events that will give people the opportunity to take full advantage of this celestial event.

Gwinnett County Public Schools also announced that its schools will delay dismissal for the eclipse.

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