Several Kentucky school systems closing, others extending day for solar eclipse

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Madison County Schools announced they would cancel classes for August 21. That's the day of the solar eclipse. Instead, it will be a non-traditional instruction day (NTI) for students, meaning they will do classroom work from home.

Pulaski County Schools and Mercer County Schools have also elected to have an NTI Day on eclipse day instead of holding school. Even though students will not be in school, Mercer County has purchased glasses to supply to students, but parents must sign permission slips to get them.

Both Harrison and Estill County Schools will close that day as well. Though students won't have to come, staff members will still work on the 21st in both counties.

Bourbon County canceled classes and all school-related activities prior to 4 p.m.

In a Facebook post, Perry County Schools announced they would close. Also, during the time of 12:00pm-6:00 p.m. on August 21, the school system will not permit indoor or outdoor extracurricular activities. The post read in part, "Our normal end time would typically be during the peak of the scheduled eclipse, and in order to ensure the safety for our students and staff, the Superintendent has decided to cancel school for this day."

The Fayette County Board of Education voted on Monday to swap a previously scheduled day off in October to give students the day off on August 21.

Corbin and Williamsburg Independent Schools are also closing on eclipse day. Rowan County canceled classes, as well.

Franklin County Schools will also delay dismissals by 15 to 20 minutes. Officials there say many of the parent-teacher organizations and the district are purchasing safe eyewear for children.

Lincoln County Schools will be extending the instructional day on Monday, August 21 until 4:00 PM to coincide with the solar eclipse.

Montgomery County Schools will be closed for students on Monday, August 21. It will be a non-traditional instruction day for students. In a Facebook post, Montgomery County Schools says district leaders reviewed transportation times and routes and decided to cancel in the interest of student safety. All students will receive eclipse viewing glasses and will have an eclipse-themed assignment to complete. Daycare will be available from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Early Learning Center and Mount Sterling Elementary.

Clark County Schools have added their name to the list of districts closing on August 21. In a post on the district's Facebook page, Superintendent Paul Christy said "After careful consideration and consultation with entities that have an in-depth understanding of the magnitude of the upcoming solar eclipse, I have decided to cancel school and all school activities prior to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017."

Breathitt County Schools will close on August 21, Officials cited safety concerns in a post on Facebook.

Scott County Schools announced class will be in session and on a regular schedule the day of the eclipse. In a news release, district officials said they considered all options and decided the best place for students to learn about the eclipse was at school.

Jessamine County Schools have canceled class but the day will be spent as a required work day for all staff.

Knox County Schools have decided to close on August 21. In a news release, the district says "School district leaders have been monitoring news stories and the decisions being made by other systems in the region. "

Franklin County Schools will be closed on August 21. According to the district's Facebook page, eclipse glasses will be provided to parents and guardians on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

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