Classes and all school-related activities before 4 p.m. Aug. 21 have been canceled in the Clark County Public school system because of the scheduled solar eclipse, but school will remain in session in nearby Scott County.
“The district has thoroughly considered all options related to the eclipse,” the Scott County announcement stated. “The best place for students to learn about the eclipse is at school under the instruction of teachers. Other factors contributing to this decision include potential safety concerns for students who could be home alone if we cancel school as well as the disruption of work schedules and childcare arrangements for families.”
The announcement about the Clark County closing was posted on the district’s Facebook page.
If parents choose to take their children out of school in Scott County, the district will honor the decision, provided the parents fill out a special education enhancement form.
The Great American Eclipse will be visible from more than 10 states, including Kentucky. Depending on the weather, Hopkinsville could offer the best view of the phenomenon. Several school districts in Kentucky have opted to close because of the eclipse, including Fayette County.