Houston County schools will dismiss early for eclipse

Houston County schools will dismiss early for eclipse

HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - The Houston County school system will dismiss students early on Aug. 21 for the solar eclipse.

David Sewell, Houston County Schools superintendent, decided after talking with the School Superintendents of Alabama, the Alabama Association of School Boards, surrounding superintendents and other contacts to dismiss schools at 11 a.m.

Sewell released this statement:

In the interest of safety for our students and affording them an opportunity to experience this unusual natural phenomenon outside the structured environment of a school campus, I feel it is best to dismiss Houston County Schools at 11:00 a.m.  By doing this, each parent can ensure their child's safety and have the opportunity to watch the eclipse.
I encourage schools that have purchased safety glasses approved for viewing the solar eclipse to consider sending a pair home with each student.  Please continue to caution parents and students of adverse effects if the eclipse is viewed without proper safety equipment.

Lunch will not be served, and employees are free to leave as soon as their campus is cleared. '

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