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Monroe County Schools to Release Early on Eclipse Day
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Friday, August 04, 2017

To Parents, Students, Faculty, and Community Stakeholders:

The Monroe County School System will be on an early release schedule for students and staff on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Our area will be experiencing a solar eclipse from approximately 1:00 pm-4:00 pm on this date. After much deliberation and feedback from school stakeholders, we feel it best to shorten the school day. Several factors influenced our decision to move in this direction:

  1. Eye safety concerns for students and staff and challenges with securing proper eyewear to view the eclipse in a safe manner.

  2. Parents, students, and faculty will be able to experience the solar eclipse with their families, friends, and groups since this phenomenon happens so rarely during a lifetime.

  3. Parents and their children will also have the opportunity to travel farther north on this date to view the total eclipse that will take place mid-afternoon.

The solar eclipse will be a wonderful learning opportunity for parents, students, and the entire community. Our school system will provide information and learning activities associated with the solar eclipse on the system and school websites. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

If students are absent from school or check out before early release on this date due to the eclipse, the absences will be unexcused; however, we will allow students to make up any assignments missed on this date.

All extra-curricular activities scheduled for this date after 4:00 pm will proceed as scheduled. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for transporting students to after school practices and extra-curricular activities. Note- after school programs at each elementary school will be canceled on this date.

As always, we thank you for your understanding and continued support of our great school system!  

Release times for schools are below:

*Lunch will be served before students are released.

  Bus Riders Car Riders
MPHS Freshman Campus/MCAC 11:35 AM 11:35 AM
MPHS Main Campus  11:45 AM 11:45 AM
MCMS- Banks Stephens Campus  12:00 PM 11:50 AM
MCMS- Hubbard Campus 11:45 AM  11:45 AM 
Elementary Schools 12:15 PM 12:00 PM