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Opening of classes Monday includes rare opportunity to view solar eclipse

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The school will provide eye protection for viewing Monday's total solar eclipse. Students will be dismissed in rotations between 12:40-1:30 p.m.

In addition to shuffling through syllabi, visiting friends, and finding classes on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 21, students will be released on rotations between 12:40 and 1:30 p.m. to witness a total solar eclipse traveling over the continental U.S.

The eclipse is set to travel over the U.S. from the west coast of Oregon to the east in South Carolina. Although the celestial event’s direct shadow will not create a path of totality over the school, students can still view the event that has not been seen on American soil since 1979.

This is a rare opportunity for students and we want them to be able to experience it,” principal Chris Mayfield said.

Those viewing the event will receive protective spectacles to safely view the eclipse.

“Students should not view the eclipse without using eyewear specifically designed for viewing an eclipse,” Mayfield said. “We will be providing students with this eyewear when we dismiss them for their scheduled viewing.”