Corbin schools to let out for eclipse day over safety concerns

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CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT)- While students across the state get set for the eclipse on August 21st, one school district will be closing it’s doors over safety concerns.

Corbin Independent schools has announced there will be no school on August 21st and instead will be sending students home with educational material to go along with the eclipse.

"Students will do curriculum at home either through packets or online instruction centered on the solar system and the eclipse event,” says superintendent for Corbin Schools David Cox.

Cox says the decision comes after safety concerns as the event presents potential dangers if viewed without proper eye protection.

"Where we're at geographically,” says Cox, “It’s going to be at the apex of the eclipse about the time we dismiss from school, or while there are a lot of kids on busses. So, obviously it would be very hard to monitor those kids and be sure that they are safe."

Although at home, the day will be considered a non-traditional instruction day. Students are still expected to learn with the materials the schools are providing.

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