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Bryan County Schools using solar eclipse as educational opportunity

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While many students in our area will be out of school Monday because of the eclipse, that won't be the case for all.

The Bryan County School District decided to use this "once in a lifetime" event as a learning opportunity.

All Bryan County Schools will be dismissed 30 minutes later than normal on Monday. That's because administration does not want students or employees on the road during solar eclipse peak time.

WTOC’s Jarvis Robertson visited Richmond Hill Middle School where he got to attend an earth science class and learn more about the solar eclipse. He said the students and teachers are very excited to experience this natural phenomenon.

"I've been teaching for 30 years and I've not given any thought to teaching about solar eclipse while I'm in the school day. So, this is very exciting, our administration has provided us the opportunity to go outside and to get glasses for this. It's been, since I was in college, that there was a solar eclipse," said Catherine Warren, 6th Grade Earth Science Teacher.

Some students, depending on grade level, will go outside for planned activities during the eclipse. Parents were provided an opt-out form they could sign and return to their child’s teacher if they did not want their child to participate in the outdoor activities. However, the school system is providing approved safety glasses for students.

Also, school officials say it is understood that many families will be traveling to see the full eclipse, and all absences for Aug. 21 will be excused.

Quite a few schools will be closed or end early because of Monday's eclipse. For a list of closed school districts, click here.

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