MNPS Releases Statement On Decision To Have School During Eclipse

Posted at 9:18 AM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 21:54:37-04

Metro Nashville Public Schools has released a statement after board members voted to send kids to school on the day of the Great American Eclipse, August 21.

Students were originally scheduled to not be in school with the day being considered as a professional development day for teachers.

MNPS Votes To Send Kids To School On Eclipse Day

However, that day was moved to a different month, allowing teachers to use the eclipse as a teaching opportunity on something that hasn't happened for 99 years.

On Monday, they released the following statement:

“We had originally planned not to have school on the day of the eclipse but were asked by the Mayor to reconsider that decision as she felt strongly that young students could encounter safety issues if they were left home without supervision on that day. The district had already purchased safety glasses for students to take home so they could safely view the eclipse from home. Since Tuesday’s vote, the administration has been working through logistics associated with the calendar change – including obtaining safety glasses for school personnel – and will communicate further details with families as we get closer to the start of school.”